Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD, Union Institute and University, 2003
Interdisciplinary Studies in Narrative and Adult Education

Dissertation: Weaving Storylines in Adult Education: The Narrative Construction of Self, Society, and Structures of Knowledge

MA, Goddard College, 1998
Psychology and Counseling

Thesis: Taming the Inner Predator: A Narrative Approach to the Social Construction of Change

Graduate Certificate, American Institute of Banking, 1993
Investments and Financial Management

BS, SUNY Empire State College, 1987
Business, Management, and Economics: Accounting

Professional Experience

SUNY Empire State College: Rockland County, New York
Assistant Professor, Human Development (7/04 – present)
Visiting Assistant Professor (9/03 – 6/04)
Mentor (11/99 – 9/03)
Adjunct Instructor (1/99 – 11/99)

Verizon Wireless: Orangeburg, New York
Fulfillment Specialist (2/97 – 11/00)

Volunteer Counseling Services: New City, New York
Counselor (5/96 – 4/99)

Union State Bank: Orangeburg, New York
Assistant Treasurer/Loan Servicing Manager (1/95 – 12/95)
Assistant Treasurer/Investment Manager (11/94 – 1/95)
Investment Manager (4/91 – 11/94)
Accounting Manager (1/89 – 4/91)
Cash Management Supervisor (10/88 – 1/89)
Staff Accountant (8/87 – 10/88)

University Service

Peer Member, Doctoral Committee, Union Institute and University:
Feminist Social Gerontology, 2004 – 2006
World Cultural Studies, 2003 – 2004
Adult Learning and Development, 2001 – 2004
Computer Science Education, 1998 – 2004
Wholistic Nutrition, 1998 – 2002

Empire State College: Service

Member, Academic Plan Taskforce, 2010 – 2011

Member, Committee on Undergraduate Studies and Policies, 2009 – present (co-chair 2009 – 2011)

Convener, Interdisciplinary Studies AOS, 2009 – 2011

Nanuet Unit Coordinator, 2008 – present
New City Unit Coordinator, 2005 – 2006

Member, Hudson Valley Center Resource Committee, 2005 – 2006, 2008 – present

Member, Assessment of the Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2010
Member, Interdisciplinary Studies Area of Study Review, 2010
Member, Assessment of the Major in Human Development, 2008
Member, Human Development Area of Study Review, 2008

Member, Middle States Task Force on Faculty, 2008
Chair, Hudson Valley Center Self Study Task Force for Faculty Development, 2008

Convener, Transition Team for Advisory Board of Center for Mentoring and Learning, 2008
Member, Center for Mentoring & Learning Advisory Board, 2007 – 2009
Member, Mentoring Institute Advisory Board, 2004 – 2007

Member, Search Committee for Community & Human Services Mentor, 2010
Member, Search Committee for History Mentor, 2009
Member, Search Committee for Associate Dean, Spring 2007, Fall 2007
Chair, Search Committee for Cultural Studies Mentors, 2005 – 2006
Chair, Search Committee for Educational Studies Mentor, 2004 – 2005
Member, Search Committee for part-time Business Mentor, 2003 – 2004, 2009
Member, Search Committee for Educational Studies Mentor, 2002

Member, Hudson Valley Center Personnel Committee, 2007 – 2009
Co-chair, Hudson Valley Center Personnel Committee, 2006 – 2007

Co-Chair, Hudson Valley Diversity Planning Committee, 2006 – present
Member, Hudson Valley Business Residency Planning Committee, 2005 – 2006
Member, Hudson Valley Residency Planning Committee, 2003 – 2006

Member, Affirmative Action Presidential Advisory Committee, 2004 – 2007

Member, GEAR task force for Social Sciences, 2007

Member, Hudson Valley Assessment Review Committee, 2000 – present

Empire State College: Graduate Activities

Member, Core Curriculum Work Group for Adult Learning Graduate Program Taskforce, 2009 – 2010

Advisor, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: SUNY Empire State College, 2005 – present

First Reader, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: SUNY Empire State College, 2009

Second Reader, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: SUNY Empire State College, 2002 

Empire State College: Undergraduate Activities

Sabbatical, 2012

Professional Reassignment, 2007 – 2008

Participant in “Diversity in the Curriculum,” panel presentation led by Tai Arnold at All Areas of Study, November 2007

Participant in “Adult Learning in a World in Flux,” workshop presentation with Alan Mandell and Lorraine Lander at All College, March 2007

“Words and Worldviews: Narrative Facts and Fictions,” paper published in All about Mentoring, Fall 2006

Participant in “Thinking About the Self, Change and Mentoring,” workshop presentation with Alan Mandell, Judy Gerardi, and Margaret Clark-Plaskie at All College, March 2006

“Cultural Competence: A Dialogue on Faculty Diversity,” presentation with Yvonne Murphy at All Areas of Study, Fall 2005

“Narrative in Adult Education,” paper published in All About Mentoring, SUNY Empire State College, Fall 2004

Conference Presentations

“Narrative Psychology: Mapping the Terrain,” paper presented at Narrative Matters Conference Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2010.

“Broken Stories: Narratives of Illness and Trauma,” paper presented at Narrative Matters Conference in  Toronto, 2008

“Words and Worldviews: Narrative Facts and Fictions,” paper presented at Narrative Matters Conference in Nova Scotia, 2006

“The Story Circle: Weaving Storylines in Adult Education,” paper presented at Narrative Matters Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2004

“Weaving Storylines: The Narrative Construction of Self-in-Context,” paper presented at Narrative  Matters Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2002

Research Interests

Narrative identity

Narrative perspectives on adult development and education 

Teaching Interests

Human Development: Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theory, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Narrative Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Trauma and Recovery, Existential Psychology, Counseling Theory, Multicultural Counseling, Narrative Counseling

Interdisciplinary Studies: Life Story Literature, Illness Narratives, Narrative Research, Global Cultures