I am a Teaching Professor in the Department of Sociology. I also serve as the Interim Director and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Gerontology Program.
I received the part-time lecturer (2006) and full-time lecturer (2010) UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching awards as well as the national Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Distinguished Faculty Award (2014). I am an AGHE Fellow. I was promoted to Teaching Professor, the highest rank in the lecturer track, in the spring of 2016.
My interests are in intergenerational service-learning, aging, making gerontology relevant to undergraduates, and how we use language in our understanding of and work with older adults. I currently teach Aging and the Lifecourse, Families and Aging, Sociology of Aging, and Gerontology Senior Seminar. I have published in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education and regularly present at the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Southern Gerontological Society meetings.