When the University of Georgia School of Social Work decided to offer the first fully online Master of Social Work degree in Georgia in the fall of 2020—it did so hoping to address t
I am passionate about helping students to become empowered as independent learners and critical thinkers. For that reason, my courses are designed to help students see the relevance of their coursework to their own personal life as well as to that of the community they will serve. I take pride in teaching students and families to make the most of all the resources at their disposal, to budget effectively, and to plan for retirement.
The most important thing I can do for my students is to develop myself professionally as a teacher and scholar. I have a deep interest in pedagogical innovations that help me achieve my goals as an instructor. I regularly solicit feedback from my students on my teaching, and I adjust my teaching when necessary to better meet my students’ diverse needs.
Beyond my professor role, I see myself as a mentor and advocate for students: someone who cares about their academic success as well as their overall well-being. To do that, I have high expectations of all my students and support all students, regardless of their prior experiences, to do well and work towards their personal and academic goals.
My current research pursuits are studying financial behaviors, financial attitudes and financial well-being of African-American families. My goal is to understand factors that impact the financial lives of Black households. In the past, I have worked in public accounting, at an investment company, and as an auditor in the Small Business and Self-Employed division of the IRS. This past job experience has given me a wealth of knowledge that I hope to pass onto my students.
- PhD Consumer Sciences Ohio State University, 2016
- M.ACC. Acocunting Belmont University, 2005
- B.A. Mathematics Wayne State University, 1995