I teach a variety of digital, multimedia and broadcast courses as a Professorial Lecturer in the Journalism Division at American University’s School of Communication. I am the division’s lead faculty member on digital communication and technology skills and I’m fierce about bringing emerging media into the classroom. I specialize in digital news production and storytelling, with a background in web design.
I am the Director of the Journalism and Digital Storytelling MA program, where I work closely with weekend journalism graduate students who are deepening their reporting skills at the intersection of journalism and technology.
On campus, I am the faculty advisor for Visible, AU’s first LGBTQ+ student publication. I designed and manage The Wash, a mainstay of journalism student work. I also author the monthly Journalism Division newsletter and I’ve served as co-chair of the SOC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Previously I was a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow at The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning on campus. There, I researched and explored the impact of design thinking on classroom engagement.
I created a course for Spring 2018 called Storytelling with Emerging Media, designed for students who are looking to collaborate and experiment with new tools and tech in the journalism landscape, like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Live, VR and AR.
After graduating with an MA from AU SOC, I served as a web content developer for The Wildlife Society before becoming Digital Manager for the Online News Association. In that role, I was a key player in the world’s largest association of digital journalists. Later, I deepened ONA’s partnership with #AUJournalism by hosting the first student-focused, pre-conference session at AU.
An Ohio native, I have now lived in D.C. for more than 10 years. Ask me about my dog, Iggy.