I joined the Kelley School of Business in July 2000 as the school's instructional consultant. I assist instructors at all levels—from associate instructors (AIs) to tenured faculty—in developing, working on, or otherwise improving their teaching. I am available for consultation on various facets of college instruction such as course design, lecturing technique, classroom management, leading discussions, constructing exams, assessing one's teaching, and troubleshooting.
My educational background is in the discipline of comparative literature, and my area of specialization is the European Middle Ages. I earned my BA from the University of California, Davis, with highest honors in 1984, my MA (1988) and my PhD (2001) from IU. My dissertation, "The Miracle of the Pregnant Abbess: Texts and Contexts of a Medieval Tale of Sexuality, Spirituality, and Authority," focuses on a miracle of the Virgin Mary that was extremely popular during the Middle Ages.
When I began work at the Kelley School, I brought with me a broad range of teaching experience at IU, where I had taught courses in the humanities in the Departments of Afro-American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, and Germanic Studies, and in the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP). I also spent seven summers teaching intensive courses for the Groups Program, which eases the transition from high school to college for first-generation students. In my own department (comparative literature) I coordinated and co-coordinated courses for which I assessed and developed curriculum, guided the work of associate instructors, organized teaching workshops, and consulted with instructors needing extra assistance in their teaching.