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. Interns gain valuable experience in tasks such as event planning, project management, professional writing, graphic design, media production, curricular development, and more.
In addition, I have gained significant experience with administrative tasks that include:
- Drafting governance documents
- Developing marketing and public relations materials
- Managing budgets
- Meeting regularly with Ohio Humanities and university-based public humanities centers across the state to identify shared concerns and develop collaborative partnerships.
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 Ohio member institutions of Campus Compact.