my credentials

I have worn many hats over the past 50 years. But to be fair, I have spent only the past 28 in academia.

Across that career trajectory I have successfully navigated the roles of doctoral student, classroom teacher, professor, author, department chair, labor union vice president, administrative supervisor, university senator, and research director. Over the past 20 years I advanced from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure to my current rank of tenured full professor.

Outside the realm of academia I have also worn the hats of executive director, professional developer, technology consultant, web developer, and director of special projects for a non-profit organization. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Media Ecology from a School of Education.

In my spare time, I am a single parent of 2 college students and 2 high school students—suggesting that a female academic can indeed “have it all.” Just not necessarily all at the same time. Hence my tag line: la vitae loca. I look forward to working with you—whatever your particular vida loca.

You can access a more detailed biography and my curriculum vitae at

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