Since 2006, I have been a member of the Dean's office staff 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 2015, I have coordinated the H&S Summer Scholars program. This program highlights the importance of undergraduate research in the the liberal arts. It provides paid opportunities for H&S students in all the disciplines represented in the School - creative arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and computational sciences, and social sciences - to pursue original research and creative inquiry projects 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.
I received my Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Cornell University in 1992 and 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 range 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, just before I left the teaching role and turned to administration.