Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS)
As Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) at Bowling Green State University, I have led a change in vision to become a public humanities center. Some of the signature initiatives I have led include:
- Creating and hosting the BG Ideas Podcast, which features conversations with BGSU faculty, visiting speakers, students, and alumni whose research, creative work, or activism seeks to address important social issues. Now in its third season, BG Ideas is available wherever you find your favorite podcasts.
- Developing a competitive Team-Teaching program to support innovative, interdisciplinary curricula that prepares students for 21st-century life.
- Creating a Student Research Grant program to support undergraduate and graduate student to do original interdisciplinary research and collaborate with a community partner to connect that research to the public good.
- Developing a student internship program to connect academic coursework to professional contexts, with meaningful mentorship and career planning support. In four years, we have had 21 students from 13 different majors/programs) working in internship tracks such as: Graphic Design, Public Relations and Social Media, Research & Curriculum Development, Video and Audio Production, and Project Management and Event Planning
In addition, I have gained significant experience with administrative tasks that include:
- Drafting governance documents, market research reports, and strategic plans
- Developing marketing and public relations materials
- Overseeing all aspects of Institute operations, including budget, faculty fellowship program, event planning, meeting with Executive Board, and more
- Fundraising and supplementing operating budget with co-sponsorships, grants, and in-kind donations from other University units (ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 per year)
- Contributing to three successful National Endowment for the Humanities grant applications, worth more than $500,000
- Meeting regularly with Ohio Humanities and university-based public humanities centers to identify shared concerns and develop to develop a statewide consortium of public humanities centers and institutes
Awards for Administration and Service
In 2018-19, I served as a fellow in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Academic Leadership Development Program.
In 2019 I was awarded the David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service for my work with ICS. This award recognizes outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement at 42 Ohio member institutions of Campus Compact.