I came to the University of Georgia in 1999. Prior to moving to Georgia, I taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. From 1999-2004, I served as the coordinator of the Qualitative Research Program at the University of Georgia. From 2004-2009 I served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and a master’s degree in Special Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati and worked in K-12 schools prior to moving into higher education. I enjoy life in rural Georgia where I raise chickens, garden, and volunteer in many community development efforts in Lexington.

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative Research Theory
  • Design
  • and Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative Interviewing
  • Philanthropy and Educational Policy


  • Qualitative Pedagogies
  • Philanthropy and Education
  • Ethnography and Autoethnography
  • Fictional Approaches to Qualitative Research



  •  EDD in Social Foundations of Education (Anthropology/Sociology of Education), 1986
    University of Cincinnati
  •  MED in Special Education, 1978
    Xavier University


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Research Summary

My research interests include the study of qualitative research methodology with particular interest in qualitative research design, ethnography, and interviewing approaches to research. Another area of interest is in the ways philanthropic foundations have shaped educational policies and practices in the United States.

Awards and Accolades

Excellence in Education Award

East Stroudsburg University, 2017

Alma T Walker Award for Contributions to Historic Preservation

Historic Oglethorpe County, 2014

Special Collections Faculty Fellows

University of Georgia, 2015

Senior Teaching Fellows

University of Georgia, 2011

Keith Osborne Award for Teaching Excellence

College of Education, UGA, 2004