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Associate Director for Outreach & Engagement
Year Started at JMU: 2003
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I serve as the Associate Director for Outreach and Engagement. That means I am always thinking about how the Career Center can reach more students in meaningful ways through connections with others (alumni, faculty, staff, community members, and families). I also oversee assessment, communication, technology, career outcomes, and our faculty champions program.

My Career Journey

In elementary school, I wanted to be an art teacher. When I began college, I wanted to be a high school English teacher, inspired by a wonderful teacher and mentor who made an impact. I declared an English major at the University of Richmond, and started my practicum in student teaching. Meanwhile, I had a part time job at the university career center and found that my work there was resonating more for me than my student teaching was. This was in large part due to the support and creativity that my supervisor at the career center provided, letting me explore all sides of the work (organizing career speaker panels, helping with employer info sessions, and doing career research on recent graduates' pursuits). In my junior year I decided that I wanted to pursue working in a college setting (a.k.a. "Higher Ed") and began researching graduate programs. As a Harrisonburg native, JMU's Masters program was a great fit. It was like coming home- literally and figuratively. I started working in the Career Center in graduate school in 2003 and have been here ever since. I love the work that we do, and our vision that "every student's journey matters".

More About Me

3 words that describe me:

  • Creative
  • Inquisitive
  • Optimistic

Some fun facts about me:

  • I love reading, podcasts, quirky/obscure movies and tv, listening to old records, travel, graphic design, photography, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.
  • One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to see where our graduate students end up and keeping in touch with them as colleagues.
  • I am pretty good at Pictionary, name that tune, and trivia if you want me on your team!

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