I’m an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I teach courses in media entrepreneurship, media writing, journalism, basic theory as well as graduate research methods.
I earned my Ph.D. at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2011. My dissertation is on an experiment in social journalism.
I also earned two Bachelor’s degrees at Mizzou in 2002 (Journalism and English, with a minor in Spanish).
My master’s degree in Latin American Studies is from the University of Arizona (2007).
I worked as an on-air television reporter for four years between finishing my bachelor’s degrees and going back for my master’s. I was a general assignment television reporter in the Quad Cities (KWQC) and in Tucson, Arizona (KOLD).
For the past few years, I have been working on course development and curriculum change at SIUE. I’ve worked on some interesting projects including a final exam app built by students at SIUE that worked on iOS and that included some alternate reality elements. I also wrote my own electronic textbook for an experiment in open educational resources we did in 2014 at SIUE.
Lately, I’ve invested my time in entrepreneurial media. I attended the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute in January 2016. Now, I’m a Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media at DigitasLBi in Chicago.