As my website tag line states, I am an educator, mentor and life-long learner. I am also a mother, wife, daughter, friend, dreamer and dog lover. Perhaps secondary to all of these descriptors is the fact that I have a doctorate in Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I currently teach at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. The world and the way that we communicate has changed drastically since I began to study the field of communication. We have entered an age where cyber literacy is an expectation, a 24/7 news cycle is taken for granted and we are rarely denied the access to provide instant status updates. This website, which will no doubt evolve over time, is my attempt to model best practices of cyber communication, digital curation and original work.
What will you find on this site?
This site is a WordPress site built with iThemes, which means that functionally it can act as a blog if you subscribe. Under the tab “Industry News” I will curate content that I find relevant to our the field of communication and the educational profession. The articles will most likely vary in scope and topic but will all relate to the field of communication or the vocation of teaching in some way. Under the tab “Job Search” I will post information that will be helpful to my students who are seeking internships or positions. These posts can range from how to interact with a prospective employer during an interview to resources for honing ones skills beyond graduation. You can subscribe to the posts on make on this site through either “Industry News” or “Job Search.” Photography is a hobby of mine and if you click on the tab labeled “Photography” you will see photos that I have taken (unless otherwise specified the work will be mine). Another hobby of mine is cake decorating so it is likely you may find a cake gallery or two to peruse. If you click on “Letters to Lyla” it will take you to a blog I started for my daughter. It is a collection of stories to teach her about her heritage as well as serve as a time capsule of her youth. The tab labeled “Communication Arts” will take you to the official Wartburg College page for the Department of Communication Arts, of which I am a proud faculty member.