Researcher. Writing Teacher. Active Learner. Traveler.
As a researcher, learner, teacher, and an avid traveler, I’ve come to appreciate the power a place can have on our learning, work, and social interactions. I draw on the fields of communication, education, rhetoric, and cultural and humanistic geography to shed light on how we experience places and technology based on our backgrounds, abilities, culture, gender identification, ethnicity, and learning styles.
As a learning space and user experience researcher, I use ethnographic and mixed methods to explore how spaces and technology impact teaching, learning, communication, and community building. Ethnography allows me to listen as people describe their experience in places and spaces – whether it’s a library, museum, city park, or on a website or app – in order to identify how those areas impact their satisfaction, well being, happiness, and sense of belonging. I help organizations develop methods and conduct assessments of their spaces to make them more inclusive, engaging, useful, and productive.
I also lead workshops on active learning, learning space research and design, and professional and academic writing. While I specialize in college campus spaces, any space can be a learning space, especially with the 21st century technologies that increase our access to information, resources, and each other. When I’m not studying spaces or talking about them, I’m usually traveling to feed my wanderlust, or just finding a new corner of my own community in Raleigh.