My “business card” says “educator, researcher, & coach.” I have a diverse background having started my work life as a computer firmware engineer in high tech after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (with a minor in Education) from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. I continued to work in high tech for many years and eventually became a manager. Meanwhile, my interests started to diverge and I received a Master’s degree in Communication Development from Colorado State University, studying mainly how people converse with each other, how to teach writing, and issues of organizational communication. In the process, I received a graduate women’s studies certificate, having an interest in diversity of many kinds.
As my interests shifted, I eventually left high tech to pursue a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. I concentrated on studying the field of life and business coaching, with a communication emphasis, and became a coach myself. I have been coaching since 1999 and continue to be very active in the coaching research community, currently as a member of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC). Since I received my Ph.D. I have devoted myself to working with graduate students in higher education by teaching online, developing online courses, and working with dissertation students. I have been teaching graduate courses online since 2009 at a variety of schools.
At University of Phoenix, I have been involved with dissertation committees of doctoral learners since 2010 as both a dissertation chair and committee member. I am a qualitative researcher and have a background in many of the qualitative approaches including thematic analysis, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, grounded theory, and discourse analysis.