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University of Wisconsin-Madison — Madison, Wisconsin

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Mass Communication (Conferred August 2012)
    • Minor: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
    • Dissertation title: “A Foundation for the Future: Creating a System of Public Student Free Speech and Expression”
    • Adviser: Professor Robert Drechsel
  • Master of Arts, Journalism & Mass Communication (Conferred August 2007)
    • Thesis title: “Public High School Newspaper Advisers and Free Speech: The Law in Inaction”
    • Adviser: Professor Robert Drechsel
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & Mass Communication (Graduated with distinction, May 1996)


Teaching Experience

Whitworth University – Spokane, Washington

Associate Professor                                                                        Fall 2017-present

Assistant Professor                                                                         Fall 2012-Spring 2017

            Assigned to teach courses in media writing, media law, speech law and public relations.


University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication – Madison, Wisconsin

  • Teaching Assistant, Mass Media Practices                                    Spring 2010, 2011
    • Six-credit course focusing on skills fundamentals for journalism and strategic communication majors. Course covers journalistic writing and reporting, writing for public relations and advertising, new media writing and basic website creation.
  • Teaching Assistant, Law of Mass Communication            Spring 2009, Fall 2009, 2010
    • Four-credit, advanced-level course covering issues in media law.
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Mass Communication            Fall 2009
    • Four-credit, introductory course focusing on the sociological and theoretical foundation of modern mass communication. Also a writing-intensive course that fulfilled the university’s composition/oral communication requirement.




Professional Experience

  • Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions — Madison, Wisconsin
    • Webmaster/Newsletter Editor                                                              2009-2012
  • University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation — Madison, Wisconsin
    • Marketing Communications Specialist                                                 2007-2008
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication — Madison, Wisconsin
    • Student Services Coordinator                                                              2004-2007
    • Associate Student Services Coordinator                                             2001-2004
    • Editor, The Wisconsin Journalist                                                          2002-2007
    • Adviser, UW-Madison Society of Professional Journalists                   2003-2005
  • HospiceCare Inc. — Madison, Wisconsin 
    • Director of Public Relations                                                                  2000-2001
  • Wood Communications Group — Madison, Wisconsin
    • Project Manager                                                                                  1998-2000
  • GlenOaks Hospital — Glendale Heights, Illinois
    • Marketing Assistant                                                                             1997-1998


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