What classes do you teach at Piedmont?
MCOM 210. Mass Media Survey
MCOM 220. Writing for Newspapers and Magazines
MCOM 301. Copyediting
MCOM 302. Magazine Workshop
MCOM 307. Investigative Reporting
MCOM 320. Writing for Broadcast Media
Why did you become a professor?
While working as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, I developed a real passion for journalism. I wanted to share that passion with young people to help ensure the health and vitality of American journalism in the future.
What is your background?
I served as editor of Lake Oconee Living, an award-winning regional magazine based in Madison, Ga., for six years prior to joining the Piedmont College faculty in 2011. During that time, I also worked as a staff writer for my company’s sister newspaper, The Morgan County Citizen.
While completing my master’s degree in journalism at UGA, I worked as a research assistant in the James M. Cox, Jr. Center for International Communication Research. I designed and managed a two-year project funded by the Hewlett Foundation to assess the impact of mid-career training programs on journalists across the country.
Prior to my jump into journalism, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, an experience that continues to inform my life’s journey. As an English teacher and community development volunteer in a small town called Uliastai, I trained and supervised seven foreign language teachers and taught beginner and advanced English language classes in a public school (K-12). In addition to developing lesson plans for grades 6-12, I established a high school journalism club and published the school’s first newsletter.
Throughout my career, I have published stories in a variety of local newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer. I also have technical writing experience, and my first job out of college was in the field of public relations. I worked in the press office of U.S. Senator Max Cleland in Washington, D.C.
What are your hobbies outside of school?
I enjoy gardening in the backyard, hiking in the woods, and splashing in swimming holes with my husband, Jake, and our dog, Tallulah. I love the great outdoors and traveling to distant lands when time and money permit it. When homebound, I surround myself with literature, music and art.
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