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.
I am the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Eminent Chair and Executive Director of Global Engagement at Columbus State University in Georgia. I am also an associate professor of geography in the university's department of history and geography. I have a combined twenty years of experience in international education and geography at West Virginia University, Mercer University, Georgia College, and now Columbus State University.
I have also served as a faculty member in the Mercer University honors program and directed its international scholars program track. I also directed the Brazil Institute at Mercer (BRIM) but now am a co-director of international research with the Federal University of Sao Carlos in Brazil.
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 serve on the Asian Studies Development Program alumni board at the East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa and am active in the the University System of Georgia System Council Asia Council. Finally, I 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 to my students of how a e-portfolio can reflect experience.
Feel free to poke around my site and discover what I like to, well, discover!