I joined Notre Dame of Maryland in 2018. I currently teach courses in Social Studies Methods, The History of American Education, The History of Higher Education, Educational Law, Action Research and Human Development and Learning. I have also taught courses in Cultural Diversity and Strategic Planning in the past. My current research interests include arts based research and teaching, specifically using comics and graphic novels in the classroom, citizenship/social studies education and servant leadership. I am currently the interim program chair for the assessment and measurement group of the American Education Research Association. In addition, I sit on a number of dissertation committees.
More than anything else, I believe that the social phenomena that we as teachers and researchers aim to understand is multifaceted. We need many different tools and methods to study these phenomena, especially in the volatility of the 21st century. I strive for my students to understand the world in many different ways, from academic research to the arts. Moreover, I believe this multifaceted understanding of the world ties directly into citizenship and the way us as citizens’ act and go about our business in the republic. We need every available tool to understand the universe and it is that central concept that my pedagogy and research is centered on. In my current research projects, I am exploring how students can create comics as a means to understand and articulate the complexities of citizenship in the 21st century.
Prior to my career as a professor, I taught high school social studies, including American history, world history and philosophy. I have also been an adjunct instructor of American and world history at both four and two year institutions. In the past, I have worked on state level accreditation and program evaluation for educational programs.