I am passionate about teaching because I am passionate about social work.
I chose to join the profession of social work after I got out of the military. I was attracted to the clear sense of purpose informed by core professional values that align with my personal values.
Social work students go on to practice with the most vulnerable populations. Our clients and communities deserve competent and committed social workers. Fortunately, our students come with a passion for helping people and I consider it a privilege to be a part of educating, inspiring, and motivating them so they are equipped to handle the challenges inherent in our field.
I hope that my students gain a deeper appreciation for nuance and comfort with some level of ambiguity. I hope students walk away from the class with a broader knowledge of the subject matter and an awareness of their own positionality as it relates to the course material.
My research interests include military social work, child maltreatment, inter-agency collaboration, and the civil-military cultural divide.
In my freetime I appreciate quiet moments in nature. I enjoy spending time with my family gardening, feeding birds, visiting the many fantastic parks in Athens, and hiking regularly in the north Georgia mountains.