Service to the institutions with which I am affiliated, to my peers, and to the larger communities of which I am part has been, and will continue to be, a significant part of my personal and professional missions. I am social justice activist and firm believer that radical compassion can change the world.
Lynchburg Daily Bread – I currently sit on the board of directors of Lynchburg Daily Bread. For 35 years, Lynchburg Daily Bread has provided a hot meal 365 days a year to the needy residents of the city of Lynchburg and surrounding counties. In 2016, the organization served 60,485 meals to the homeless and hungry of our community. In my capacity as a board member of Lynchburg Daily Bread, I work on a subcommittee tasked with producing a feasibility analysis that assist the organization in deciding if and how to extend its mission to include food-based job training.
Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women -Since 2014, I have joined the faculty at Piedmont Virginia Community College in teaching college courses at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. The “Sunshine” program allows residents of Virginia’s highest security correctional facility for women to earn Associate Degree’s while incarcerated.
Oasis Grocery Store Initiative – In the spring of 2016 I joined a group of Lynchburg community members to research the feasibility of developing a mixed-use residential/grocery store property targeted toward Lynchburg residents in need of affordable housing currently residing in the city’s downtown urban food desert. I assisted a colleague in drafting, piloting, and executing a survey and community needs analysis.
I developed and organized Teaching Innovation Practices & Strategies (TIPS) at Randolph College in January 2017. TIPS is a faculty-to-faculty professional development initiative–a response to current trends in higher education, to challenges facing liberal arts institutions, and to the changing needs of Randolph College students. TIPS is an effort to share pedagogical successes across divisions and disciplinary boundaries. Most importantly, TIPS is an acknowledgement that we already hold the solutions to many of the problems we face as a faculty – we simply need time and space to share them. After the success of the inaugural TIPS workshop, TIPS received support as part of grant funded by the Endeavor Foundation, and will continue to be held twice a year into the foreseeable future. More>>
Lambda Pi Eta – I currently serve as the faculty advisor for the Omicron Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the undergraduate honor society of the National Communication Association. Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character, credibility, and ethics.
NCAA Faculty Liaison – I currently serve as the faculty liaison to the Randolph College Women’ Basketball Team. As a faculty liaison, I promote the intellectual, physical and personal development of student-athletes.
NCAA DIII Women and Minority Grant – In the spring of 2017, the Randolph College athletics department was awarded a DIII Women and Ethnic Minority Internship Grant from the NCAA. As part of this grant program, I serve in the role of mentor to Randolph College’s grant recipient.
Randolph College Zymurgy Team – I currently serve as the faculty advisor (aka “coach”) for the Randolph College Zymurgy Team, an official student organization at and Randolph College. The Zymurgy Team works to foster an appreciation and understanding of the art, science, and cultural histories of fermented beverages by competing in informal and American Homebrew Association (AHA)/Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)-sanctioned homebrew competitions; providing interdisciplinary liberal arts education to the Randolph College community through the lens of fermented beverages; and informing and educate the community about responsible alcohol consumption.
WWRM – I currently serve as the faculty advisor for WWRM, the Randolph College Radio Station.