Starting on July 1, 2022, I assumed the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, with a focus on the areas of curriculum, assessment, general education, accreditation.
Associate Dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences
From July 2006 to June 2022, I served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs in the School of Humanities and Sciences, with a focus on curriculum, assessment, and experiential learning, including internships and undergraduate research. A hallmark of my time in H&S was the development, in 2015, of the H&S Summer Scholars program highlighting the importance of undergraduate research in the the liberal arts. Working with a dedicated group of faculty, I coordinated this program that 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.
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.