Colorado State University | B.A. English, concentration in creative writing
University of Pennsylvania | MLA, Literature & Cinema Studies
University of Pennsylvania | M.S. Ed., Reading, Writing & Literacy
Temple University | Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education Leadership
As director of the OAR, my goal is to help students build their academic literacies to find academic success at Haverford. I believe there are multiples ways to read, write, and communicate that are valuable and valid; however, college requires adherence and acquisition of a unique set of social practices that are contextually and historically privileged in college, or academe at large. In my practice as an academic coach I work one-to-one with students to unpack these college-specific practices to help students navigate the curriculum and problem-solve. This could be embodied in multiple ways, such as, but not limited to: working weekly with you on the process of improving how you manage your time, or guiding you through a close reading of your syllabus to create a study plan for a course, discuss strategies to manage or better engage course readings, reflecting on a recent assignment or exam to develop strategies on how to improve, and/or providing space to reflect and stay accountable to goals you have set or long term projects you’re responsible for, such as your thesis.
In my practice as an academic coach, and as a researcher, I am interested in how your life stories impact your motivations, emotions, and how you make meaning and navigate this academic journey. Personally, my academic journey was marked by being labelled with a learning disability and thus, I am attuned to the various difficulties of doing schooling on such an inequitable ‘track’. Punk rock, and self-reflexive practices were things/strategies that have helped me navigate the challenges, and have motivated me in my work supporting students.
Before Haverford I served in academic support at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Thomas Jefferson University. Additionally, I previously taught in the English department at the Community College of Philadelphia.
I also serve as an advising dean for sophomores-seniors (G,H,I, & J).