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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 communication and I also serve as our department graduate student coordinator. 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 in the Midwest, and have enjoyed exploring the West Coast the past few years.

What's My Favorite Thing About Las Vegas? 

Nevada is very different than anywhere I have ever lived--and I love it. I am already incredibly fond of the city, people, and culture. I have really enjoyed taking in the food scene, exploring the outdoors with my husband and dogs, and I love 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?

Probably one of my favorite ways to unwind on the weekend is a good hike; my husband and I will take the dogs and dive off into the desert or mountains as often as we can. I am also a pretty big fan of cooking, and recently got into outdoor wok cooking, which has been really fun. When all else fails, I'm also a big fan of curling up with a book to relax. 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.

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