Associate Professor of Political Science
"Students should know why contentious activities occur and be able to identify the causal factors, events, outcomes and effects of major types of social movements and political revolutions."
Through a combination of teaching positions and substitute teaching experience, I have taught students from kindergarten through graduate school. My higher education experience is extensive, as is the breadth of disciplines I have taught. At the collegiate level, I have taught at Carl Albert State College, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Calvin College, William Jewell College and Northwest Missouri State University. My publications include works in critique and multiple chapters in the “Roads to Congress” book series. My particular interests are political family members, monarchy and Thomas Jefferson.
Which online degree program(s) do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Revolution and Social Movements
In what ways do you connect with online students?
I use Zoom and multiple features in Canvas, such as VidGrid and Northwest 360. I stay in touch with students primarily through email and Zoom sessions.
What do you want your students to take away from class?
Students should know why contentious activities occur and be able to identify the causal factors, events, outcomes and effects of major types of social movements and political revolutions. Students will also demonstrate the ability to use a theoretical framework to explain a social movement and a revolution.
Why did you start teaching?
I particularly enjoy the personalities that have shaped government and wanted to share my interests with others.
What advice would you give to your online students?
Read and follow directions and ask if you do not understand something. It is OK to ask, but you need to have read the materials.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?
The willingness to listen and relate to students. Students expect educators to be knowledgeable and accessible.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen, is my favorite book. But the must-read should be the Constitution.
What do you do when you need a laugh?
I talk to my father.
Tell us something your students may not know about you:
I have many different interests, which makes me very good with trivia. I've been on two gameshows and won five episodes. England is my favorite place to visit, but I like historical sites in the United States as well. In addition to teaching, I am a mother of two. I care for my eldest son, who is disabled, and we share a house with my four cats and dog.
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