I have been working in higher education since 1993, when I started studying for my master’s degree in German literature at Temple University. Originally I went to graduate school with a plan of becoming a faculty member and headed off to UMass Amherst for my Ph.D. in Modern German Studies. Along the way, I started working as a conference and grant coordinator for the DEFA Film Library and discovered that while I like teaching and researching, I was clearly born to work in administration. Since 2001 I have been lucky enough to work at places (first Texas A&M University and now the University of Missouri-Kansas City) that allow me to do a little bit of everything. I direct the women’s center, teach, and fit in research where I can. The best part is that I get paid to be a “professional feminist” and get to hang out with the amazing women of Kansas City. It’s a good gig.
Along the way, I was dragged kicking and screaming onto Facebook and am now a social media fiend. I have found it to be invaluable in my work with students, colleagues, and women’s center constituents, not to mention keeping up with far-flung friends and relatives.
When I’m not working (which is not often enough), you’ll find me enjoying good food in Kansas City’s many fine restaurants, reading, and traveling. And since January 2015, knitting — I started on a whim and now “if I’m sitting, I’m knitting!”