WSUSA Supreme Court Advisor
Adjunct Faculty Political Science & Women’s Studies
What is your favorite band/music?: I am an eclectic music listener. A search of my car or computer will turn up The Foo Fighters, Sia, Grand Funk Railroad, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Zero 7, KISS, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Kid Rock, Basia, Sting, YES, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Jill Scott, Jane’s Addiction, Looking Glass, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Clint Black and so much more. Something for everyone…
What is your favorite part of your job?: I love meeting students where they are at and helping them get to where they want to go. A big part of this is providing opportunities for learning, activities that are engaging and support that is collaborative. As a member of Student Affairs I have the opportunity to work with just about every person in the division along with students at all levels of the institution. I am able to collaborate with faculty and staff across the institution on a myriad of programs and services. I also enjoy that I get to learn along with everyone else. As members of a higher education community, we are fortunate to have access to great minds, research, activities, programs and presentations that make our experiences at the institution rich and fulfilling.
What was your experience in your field before this position?: I have had a range of experiences prior to WSU – I was an intern in the United States Supreme Court; was the administrative assistant to the Utah Governor’s Commission for Women and Families, completed research for the Minnesota League of Women Voters, served as a researcher at the Center for American Women and Politics, taught at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in addition to serving as the founding Director of the Center for Youth Programs and Policy under Governor Christie Todd Whitman!
What advice would you have for students who have future aspirations of attaining your job title?: Variety is the spice of life. Try everything, collect degrees (I have several)and don’t be afraid of trying something new or outside of your comfort zone. Take every opportunity for public speaking that comes your way. Learn how to train people, read a lot, get involved in your community and always be willing to see things differently!
If you could invite any 2 living people in the world to dinner, who would they be and why?: Sojourner Truth and King Solomon. I have a serious fascination for Ms. Truth. She has a quote that I was going to base my graduate research on, “I sell the shadow to support the substance.” I’d love to know what her view of that particular strategy would be today in the world of pop culture and media saturation. King Solomon was wise beyond words. I’d like to try and absorb some of that thinking. I would be happy to receive their advice any day of the week.
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