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

Assistant Professor                                                                         Fall 2012-present

            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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