I am a social psychologist with expertise in small group processes. I joined Westminster's Department of Psychology in 2003. With growing interests in assessment of student learning outcomes and higher education administration, I was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College in 2020 after serving as the associate academic dean since 2014.
My first love remains teaching, however, and I enjoy any opportunity I have to work with students in the classroom and lab. Students are Westminster's best assets, and I consider myself fortunate to be a part of their personal and professional development. It is this love of teaching that has driven my work with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology within the American Psychological Association (APA). As a former division program chair, I coordinated the Society's program at the annual APA convention. Relatedly, I am one of hundreds of psychologists who gather each summer to grade Advanced Placement exams in psychology, and I recently was promoted to the role of Rubric Master for one of the exam questions. Nothing improves my teaching more than do these two opportunities, and the professional networks I have developed with psychologists who care about teaching as much as I do. Our passion for "students first" drives us to teach and measure learning in better and better ways.
In my spare time, I enjoy lifting weights, practicing yoga, cooking, and traveling. My spouse, two chihuahua rescues, and I live in Pittsburgh.