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Professional Membership:

2010-Present - National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

2011-Present - National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC)

2009-Present - Leadership Committee, HDFS, Michigan State University

2010-2011 - Graduate Education Committee, HDFS, Michigan State University.

2006-Present - PSI CHI

2006-Present - Alpha Chi


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Work experience

Aug 2011Present

PhD Graduate Student - Teaching & Research Assistant

Michigan State University
Aug 2010Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Michigan State University

My work as a graduate research assistant has involved research surrounding finance stress and strain/work and the family. Research projects have been both quantitative and qualitative, and topics include un-or underemployment and marital satisfaction, un-or underemployment and religious belief and affiliation, un-or underemployment and mature workers-educational implications, and un-or underemployment and home foreclosure-implications for mature workers. Other duties consist of departmental administration and marketing functions such as assisting the graduate director with general operations, creating a department brochure and flyers, conducting department poster sessions, and taking and archiving department photography.

Aug 2008May 2010

Teaching Assistant: HDFS 238 Personal Finance

Michigan State University

From 2008 to 2010 I worked as a teaching assistant for HDFS 238, Personal Finance. This tenure included fall, spring, and summer (online) semesters. During this time I held multiple teaching and administrative roles. I learned a lot about working in a large-scale classroom (350-400). In this environment, activities and classroom strategy must be altered to accommodate the large number of students. Overall, this experience allowed me to learn more about course planning, administration, grading, lecturing, the use of technology in a large classroom, and on-line teaching. 


Aug 2004May 2008


Lee University

Major: Psychology

Minors: Political Science, Biblical Studies

2008  Psychology Department Award

2008  Suma Cum Laude honors

2004 - 2008  Honors Scholarship


Jan 2012Present

Certification in College Teaching

*Certification in Progress