Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences
UB Beacom Hall 312
I followed a non-traditional route to my degree in Higher Education Administration achieved in conjunction with full time employment in allied health, higher education, and administration. I have also held office in multiple professional organizations at the local, state, and national level.
My teaching interests include health sciences, higher education, radiation biology, imaging science administration, health care delivery systems, group processes, global health care, credentialing examinations, and cultural competency.
I have a research interest in graduate placement and graduate satisfaction data. Other interest include a needs assessment and follow-up with credentialing exams and specifically predictors of success on certification exams. I am primary investigator for 3 research projects of the 4 I am involved with. The first is a qualitative analysis assessing cultural competency with faculty led programs. Data collection began in May 2013 and was completed in June 2014. The purpose of the research is to examine changes in students' attitudes and knowledge about other cultures and people before and after taking part in an international faculty-led program at USD. The goal is to gather qualitative data that demonstrate changes in a student's 'inter-cultural competency' (awareness of difference, ability to process information from different perspectives, sensitivity and identification to ethnocentric behaviors and beliefs, etc.) in order to make claims about how effective these types of international experiences are for student learning and development. The second study is The Cause and Effects of Students Who Study Abroad in the Health Care. The study is at:1) what variables explain a students' propensity and/or interest in taking part in an international program offered as part of their studies at USD, and 2) how does taking part in an international program at USD affect a student's understanding of the health care field. In seeking answers to these two questions, the study intends to identify the behavioral and attitudinal changes among students who take part in international programs versus those who don't, as well as to identify behaviors and attitudes that predict participation in such activities. both of these research projects are complimentary of not only the mission and values of the health science major, but also with USD strategic plan. The third is a two fold study of opinion leadership in Ghana, Africa. Data collection was complete in June 2014 The fourth research project is in collaboration with a representative from each of the school of health science programs on theory and practice of Evidence Based Medicine. This project with compliment USD strategic plan of interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
- EDD, Higher Education Administration, St. Cloud State University, 2012
- M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, South Dakota State University, 2000
- BS, Naturopathy/ Holistic Health, Clayton School of Health Sciences, 1999
- BS, Allied Health Administration, Presentation College, 1994
- American Cancer Society Gala Leadership, Center for Academic Engagement, (2013 - 2013)
Awards and Honors:
- outstanding faculty member as part of the Athletic Department’s new “Faculty Appreciation Days” program. , USD Athletic Department , 2013
- 2013 AEIRS Honor's Lecturer, Association of Educators in the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, 2013
- Fellow, Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, 2006
- #11 25 Most Influential People in Radiology, RT Image, 2004