I have been teaching at the college level for around 25 years, 23 of those at ETBU. I teach several of our research courses. I enjoy helping students develop their research projects and seeing how much they grow emotionally and academically during the process. I also teach courses in Criminology, Death and Dying, and more recently, Gender Studies.
I have worked with my colleague, Dr. Mark Miller, on several research presentations dealing with issues related to religious beliefs, most recently, tying those beliefs to drug and alcohol use. I have also done several presentations about bereavement issues and have led a grief support group at my church.
I have been married for 21 years, and my husband and I have two teenaged sons, plus a younger son who died from SIDS in 2001.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
University of Texas, Austin, TX
M.A. in Sociology, 1988
Baylor University, Waco, TX
B.A. in Sociology and English, Cum Laude, 1986
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX
“The Influence of Religious Beliefs on Alcohol and Drug Use at a Small Denominational University”, Paper presented with Dr. Mark Miller at Southwestern Sociological Association meeting, San Diego, CA, April, 2012.