The goal of personalized interaction with students at Governors State University appeals to me as an educator. In the classroom, I have adopted the theme of “making choices, thinking of others, and taking responsibility,” which is what I ask of my students in every class I teach. I strive to motivate students to think of themselves as active and engaged public citizens, and provide them with tools to do so in a way that makes a difference in their own lives and others. In my previous teaching experiences, I have worked with diverse student populations in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Dekalb, with diversity not just in race, but also in age and expectations for continuing with careers after graduation. This is one my favorite aspects of teaching at GSU, so far: the diversity of students that I get to teach each semester.
My teaching focus within Communication is Advertising and PR. I come to GSU with over 10 years of experience in ecommerce marketing working for companies like Limoges Jewelry, Market Day, & Sears Holdings, as well as working as an independent contractor managing affiliate marketing programs for clients including Clarins US & CA, Fathead, The Company Store, and Uniform City. I am a critical feminist scholar and focus my research on persuasive messages of justice and power. More specifically, I am interested in how messages of empowerment are constructed within mediated texts. I am currently working on a book project that examines the cultural significance of the television series, Breaking Bad.
So far at GSU, I have become active at the University and Department level of community service. I am a member of the Intellectual Life Committee and on the DAC Assessment Committee for CVPA. I was a presenter this year at the GSU SHERO Women’s Leadership Symposium, and I am a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 1st-4th grade girls in Hanover Park, IL. My philosophy when it comes to service is about bringing my work background and research to the surrounding community to help others seek answers to questions that might help them in their own lives and careers.
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