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Service and Leadership

Service and Leadership

My working relationship as a staff member with Purdue University places heavy emphasis on my service role in Forestry & Natural Resources. I am currently chair of my departmental Greenhouse Management Committee and a permanent member of our departmental Laboratory Safety Committee, both roles supporting the research mission of Forestry & Natural Resources within the College of Agriculture. I have also served as a judge for our departmental student research poster competition, a judge for the Lafayette Regional Science and Engineering Fair, a peer reviewer for the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exhibition, and a NanoDays exhibit presenter working to engage K-12 students in science and engineering. I continue to maintain ongoing membership in the American Educational Research Association.

Professionally, with my educational and work experiences, I anticipate additional engagement in an instructional design capacity with a focus on technical information, possibly related to support of science and/or engineering topics. I recently completed research, design, and implementation of a learning module supporting the improvement of intercultural awareness in science for the Purdue Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (see LDT page). This work broadened my own perspectives in relation to potential cultural impacts on the learning and application of science. Continuing to engage with science and engineering themed events should provide additional opportunities for understanding how students approach these topics and what areas of learning and understanding may benefit from targeted interventions through instructional design efforts.

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association

Conference Attendance

17th International
Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) mission statement: “ICQI is held annually on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Founded in 2005, its mission is to facilitate the development of qualitative research methods across a wide variety of academic disciplines. ICQI provides leadership to demonstrate the promise of qualitative inquiry as a form of democratic practice, to show how qualitative inquiry can be used to directly engage pressing social issues at the level of local, state, national and global communities. The Congress sponsors the journal International Review of Qualitative Research (IRQR), three book series, and occasional publications based upon the more than 1,000 papers given at the conference each year. It the largest annual gathering of qualitative scholars in the world.”

Peer Review for Conference or Journal

American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 2022

About: “The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology education. The premier event of its kind, the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition fosters an exchange of ideas, enhances teaching methods and curricula, and provides unparalleled networking opportunities for engineering and engineering technology education stakeholders, including deans, faculty members, researchers, and industry and government professionals.”

Leadership Roles

I served as the Purdue Association of Learning Design & Technology (PALDT) Treasurer and VP of Marketing Design (2019 – 2020). My primary role was management of t-shirt sales, tax accountability, and ensuring the organization adheres to established financial and liability related guidelines.

I serve outside of the Learning Design and Technology program as the chair (2021 – 2022) of the Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) Greenhouse Management Committee (2017 to present). This committee is responsible for evaluation of greenhouse research proposals, allocation of available research space, and recommendations on issues pertaining to greenhouse space and facilities.

I serve on the FNR Laboratory Safety Committee (2005 to current) where I ensure proper training in and adherence to laboratory safety regulations. I also served as chair (2016-2017) and co-chair (2017-2019) of this committee, working to liaise with campus safety officials to maintain our departmental indemnification against safety violations.

Additional activities:

Judge for 2021 Forestry & Natural Resources Research Poster Competition: Annual departmental event that features the discovery and engagement activities of both graduate and undergraduate students in Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University.

Judge for the 2017 and 2021 Lafayette Regional Science and Engineering Fair: Regional event where hundreds of youth in grades 5 through 12 use posters and demonstrations to showcase their research and experiments to judges on Purdue’s campus in a wide variety of hard and soft sciences, engineering, and agriculture. The 2021 fair was held virtually, with asynchronous student presentations.

NanoDays Engagement: NanoDays is a nationwide program supporting STEM education through exposure to nanoscale technologies and their impact on society. Volunteers provide interactive demonstrations and explanations of nano technology to K-12 students and their families visiting the NanoDays event at Purdue University.

NanoDays Certificate, Volunteer Presenter