I received my PhD in speech communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and have taught a range of communication courses for the past 20 years. I have also worked in a variety of corporate, non-profit, and local church (outreach) roles before coming to Taylor in 2018.
I hope you’ll use your time at Taylor to try some good things that you’ve never done before or don’t think you’re good at: conversations, a Lighthouse or study abroad trip, a club, a way to worship or engage Scripture differently than you’ve known before—whatever you can do to better know God, others, and yourself. If you engage without worrying about whether you’ll be good at it, you might find new passions or creative ways to think about what you already do.
My pastor, a Taylor alum, spoke so passionately about the Order of the Towel, that I couldn’t miss the chance to jump into such a great mission to serve well. I love the intentional community here and the privilege of incorporating spiritual life and academic life together. What a beautiful combination!
What matters to me most is teaching well—those lightbulb moments for students or me or both! It’s really an honor to be doing that full time here at Taylor. At times, it seems the hands of the clock have fast-forwarded to the end of our time. I am also proud of the way my training and experiences have translated to other environments outside of academics—to ministry, encouragement, and community engagement. My highest goal is for my “ceiling” to be the next generation’s “floor.” If I can support others to know and act on who God made them to be—it doesn’t get any better than that!