I grew up on a dairy farm near Binghamton, New York. I graduated from Vassar College in 1977, and went on to Yale University Divinity School, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1981. I was ordained in the United Methodist Church and took a job as assistant university chaplain and Instructor in philosophy and religion at Colgate University. Later, I worked as a Chaplain at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Lycoming College in Williamsport. In 1988, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in educational theory and policy at Penn State. During the summer of 1989 I was encouraged by a friend to apply to be a FTCAP adviser, and discovered the field of academic advising. During the following years, I worked on my degree (and finished in 1995), taught education courses, worked with the First-year, Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program, and held a number of advising positions. From 1997 to 2002, I was the DUS programs coordinator for the Capital College at Penn State Schuylkill and Penn State Harrisburg. Since 2002, I've been the associate director of DUS.
- B.A. in Religion, Vassar College
- M.Div. in Divinity, Yale University
- Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy, The Pennsylvania State University
Research & Teaching Interests
The history of American education and the history and philosophy of academic advising
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