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 since 2016, I have transformed an internally-focused research institute into a public humanities center with national scope. Signature initiatives 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. The podcast was featured in Volt magazine on a list of “11 Must-Listen Higher Ed Podcasts, June 24, 2020). Now in its third season, BG Ideas is available wherever you like to listen.
- Revising the Executive Board structure to broaden representation and build relationships across campus and in the community.
- Seeking out fund-raising opportunities and developing donor programs to support new and ongoing initiatives.
- 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 encourage undergraduate and graduate students to do original interdisciplinary research and collaborate with community partners 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. Over five years, we have had 25 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 significant experience with administrative tasks that include:
- Overseeing all aspects of Institute operations, including budgeting, programming, event planning, governance, and more
- Drafting governance documents, market research reports
- Developing comprehensive strategic planning
- Creating marketing and public relations materials
- Fundraising and supplementing operating budget with sponsorships, cost-sharing, grants, and in-kind donations (typically 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.