I received my Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University in 1992. Since that time, I held various research and teaching positions at a variety of local institutions and abroad. From 2001-2006, I taught full time in the Ithaca College Department of Anthropology, offering a variety of courses that reflected my interest in European societies and cultures, ethnic and national identity, linguistic anthropology, ethnography of speaking, ethnography of everyday life, cultural analysis and theory of culture, and myth, ritual, and symbol. I also began to explore research and teaching in Japan; I made a six-week research trip to Tokyo and Kyoto in 2004, and developed a course on Japanese Society and Culture that I taught for two semesters.
In 2006, I moved on to a career in academic administration in the School of Humanities and Sciences. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs, and work with faculty in the areas of curriculum, assessment, general education, and experiential learning. I also work closely with the faculty coordinator and advisory board of the Integrative Studies program, providing administrative coordination for these programs.
Since 2012, I have served as Chair of the All College Teacher Education Committee (ACTEC); in this role, I collaborate with professional education faculty and administrative staff to support all the nationally-accredited teacher education programs at IC, in H&S, HSHP, and the School of Music..
In 2015, I collaborated with members of the H&S Faculty Experiential Learning Committee to inaugurate the H&S Summer Scholars program, providing paid opportunities for H&S students in the humanities, creative arts, social sciences, and mathematics to pursue individual projects in research, scholarship, and creative inquiry, in collaboration with a faculty mentor. As a faculty member, I mentored many students in undergraduate research projects, and I am pleased to now serve in a role to provide these types of opportunities to students during the summer months.