Director of Student-Athlete Affairs
Service-learning and study abroad program design
- Piloted a course and study abroad experience that is the first of its kind to include Div I student-athletes.
- Navigated and garnered support from all levels of the university.
- Course, with a pedagogy of service-learning, includes students from multiple academic disciplines.
- Learning objectives include: leadership theory, international aid, sustainability and critical reflection.
- Worked with an international campus site, nonprofit, governmental agency and an NGO to tailor students’ service to best meet expressed community needs.
- Coordinated collaboration among the following offices to establish courses viability, academic standards and success: Chief Executive Officer for the Virginia Tech Foundation, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, Vice President of Outreach and International Affairs, Associate Vice President for Engagement, Department Head of Agriculture and Extension Education, Office of Assessment and Evaluation, Associate Athletic Director of Administration.
- Service consisted of a 5-day camp dedicated HIV/AIDS education and sports instruction.
- Abroad experience was a true cultural immersion via experiencing communities and contexts of local youth.
Oversee Leadership Development curriculum, training, events and budget
- Coordinate implementation of leadership training comprised of over 250 training sessions, reaching more than 180 student-athletes on an annual basis.
- Annually oversee the Character Education Budget ($20,000).
- Collaborate with various campus departments to strengthen leadership programming and initiatives
- Oversee 4-5 interns/graduate assistants annually.
- Organize student community outreach events with local public schools, Boy Scouts of America, Micah’s Backpack, Giving Tree Food Pantry, VMI, etc.
- Plan annual Athletic Department events including all logistics, caterers, awards, invitations, speakers and ceremony proceeds: All-Sports Banquet ($20,000 event) and A.D. Honor Roll Breakfast ($12,000event).
University Committee Involvement
- University Council on International Affairs (Fall 2012 – present)
- Division of Student Affairs Courageous Leadership Committee (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)
- University Council on International Affairs (Fall 2012): International Service-Learning Course Design
- International Leadership Association (Fall 2012): Graduate Student Case Competition, 2nd Place
- University Athletic Committee (Fall 2012): International Service-Learning Course Design
- National Leadership Forum, Growing Leaders (Summer 2012): Leadership Development in Professional and Intercollegiate Athletics to representatives from Auburn, Texas, Louisville, Oklahoma, Alabama, Lehigh, Purdue and the Pittsburgh Pirates
- University Athletic Committee (Spring 2011): Habitudes Leadership Program