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About Me

Thanks for the interest in learning a little more about me! If you're interested in the research or teaching side of things, I encourage you to check out those pages. Below is a chance to learn a little about my background as well as some of my non-academic interests. Be sure to flip through the images to see my cute pets!

How Did I Get Here?

"Here" is the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I am currently an assistant professor of interpersonal communication. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Kansas (#RockChalk) in Communication Studies. At KU I worked with Dr. Jeff Hall, who is an amazing mentor and taught me a lot about interpersonal communication, communication technology, and quantitative methods. Prior to KU, I got my M.A. from Kansas State and my B.S. from Missouri State, both in Communication. I grew up primarily in Southwest Missouri, and was born in Texas-- so you could say I've always been a Midwesterner! This is my first year at UNLV, and so far I have really enjoyed exploring the West Coast.

What's My Favorite Thing About Las Vegas? 

Nevada is very different than anywhere I have ever lived--and I love it. While I have only lived here a short time, I am already incredibly fond of the city, people, and culture. I enjoy hunting for the next great taco (I'm not sure anything can top Tacos El Gordo), exploring the outdoors with my husband and dog, and that we can hop in the car and drive to both the mountains or ocean in less than a day.

What Do I Do in My Free Time?

I devote a lot of my time to research and teaching. But when I do have spare time, I'm usually spending it with my husband, Joe, or our three pets. We have two cats, Addison and Lucy, and a dog, Piper. We love to take Piper exploring with us, especially now that we are in a new city. The cats love to curl up while I read a book, which is a great way to unwind during the week. I don't have a favorite genre--I will read just about any book, and if I love it, then it will be hard for me not to finish it in a day. Joe and I also love to cook, and it has been a lot of fun checking out all the new options for grocery stores available to us here in Las Vegas--although with all the great restaurants, sometimes it is hard to want to stay home and cook, too!

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