I am a life-long learner. I seek to learn new ideas, explore different cultures, and understand changing environments. From my first time abroad in China in 1988 to studying in the UK as a postgraduate, to living, researching, and working in Brazil, the world remains an exciting and dynamic place of discovery. This website represents my professional journey and commitment to liberal learning.
I am a firm advocate of the LEAP project. Launched in 2005, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) is a national public advocacy and campus action initiative of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). LEAP champions the importance of a twenty-first-century liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality.
Presently, I am the Assistant Vice President of International Education and the Director of the International Education Center. I also hold the appointment of Associate Professor of Geography at Georgia College - Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University. I have an additional 14 years of experience in international education, honors programs, and liberal arts curriculum at Mercer University.
I direct the activities and programs of the International Education Center, including recruiting, admitting, and advising international students, offering study abroad opportunities to US students and faculty, and creating an international awareness at Georgia College.
I am also the academic coordinator of the International Plan and International Studies Minor and program adviser for the Georgia College in Oxford Experience, an honors study abroad program.
My previous experience at Mercer University including the direction of international education, an honors program track, and the Brazil Institute.
I earned a Ph.D. in Geography from West Virginia University, an M.A. in International Political Economy from The University of Warwick (England), and a B.A. in Geography from Marshall University. I have lived and researched in England and Brazil and received a Fulbright program grant to South Korea in 2010.
My overall focus throughout my academic career has been on international development, with particular attention on Latin America (Brazil) and East Asia (China and Korea). I do, however, work with the political ecology of the Georgia Coast in the USA.
In terms of scholarship and professional service, I am the Co-Research Director of the Political Economy of Education and Human Development Project at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. I recently served on the Asian Studies Development Program alumni board at the East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa. I am presently the coordinator of the University System of Georgia System Council Asia Council's 2016 Korea Faculty Development Workshop. I also serve on the Visiting Committee (alumni board) in the West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geology and Geography.
In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, running 10K/13.1 races, sprint triathlons, kayaking on the Georgia Coast, and visiting/researching/serving in my second home of Espirito Santo, Brazil.
This site is not only a professional platform for my work but is also an example for my senior capstone students of how a portfolio could be put on-line.
Feel free to poke around my site and discover what I like to, well, discover!