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I completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at West Virginia University in 2013. I also finished an M.A. in American Public Policy and an M.P.A. in Public Administration from West Virginia University. Believe it or not, I completed an M.T.S. in Religion, Culture, and Personality at Boston University’s School of Theology, magna cum laude. And, I received a B.A. in Theological Studies from Gordon College in Wenham, MA.
My research has focused upon, primarily, presidential rhetoric in relation to salient policies such as economics, institutional interaction, and immigration. However, I have recently become more passionate about research that might actually make a difference in the respective area, such as my work on child abuse, education administration & policy, and what transpires in the classroom.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Marshall University, in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Before I arrived at Marshall in August of 2014, I was at West Virginia State University, a Public Land-Grant and Historically Black University (HBCU). At STATE, I developed a new masters degree program in public administration that has recently been implemented. I was solely responsible for devising the promotion and advertisement for the program, developing the curriculum, creating the student recruitment, retention and advising plan, and constructing and maintaining the program budget.
Before joining the professoriate, I served as a professional academic advisor and a counselor for a TRiO program, SSS. In this capacity, I assisted students in selecting a major, planning a course of study, and information regarding internships as well as civic engagement programs and graduate school. In that position, I offered leadership and direction for many students, contributing to their success in both their studies and their daily lives. I effectively provided numerous students with the tools they needed to be more self-sufficient during their time as undergraduates. That higher education leadership position afforded me the opportunity to work with students individually and in groups to assist them in developing competency in decision-making, goal setting, and career planning as well as sharpening their critical thinking skills.