I am a Teaching Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Gerontology Program. I also serve as the Gerontology Undergraduate Coordinator and Advisor as well as the Gerontology Service-Learning Coordinator.
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 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 using films as an instructional medium to teach about life course. I currently teach Aging and the Lifecourse, Families and Aging, Sociology of Aging, LBST 1102 (Arts & Society) Film, Research Methods in Aging, and a graduate seminar in the Sociology of Aging. I have published in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education and regularly present at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Southern Gerontological Society meetings.