The ELN team is excited by the opportunity to work with incredible students, dynamic faculty and community partners in Buffalo and around the world.
Since 2003, I have served UB in a number of leadership roles focused on cultivating and leveraging university engagement toward broader impacts. In addition to directing the ELN, I serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, working to build capacity for high-impact experiential learning across the university. Past leadership roles have included Founding Director of the UB Center for Educational Collaboration, Special Assistant to the President for Educational Initiatives and Director of the UB-Buffalo Schools Partnership. I hold a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology with a focus on language development and maintain an affiliation with the Department of Psychology. My current research and professional interests focus on high-impact experiential learning, digital badges, and collaboration with global NGOs. To learn more about my work, ideas, and projects—including my engagement with the Mara Region of Tanzania—visit my blog.
Since 2013, I have served in various roles at the University at Buffalo through which I have helped students find meaningful, real-world learning opportunities. As co-designer of ELN’s Project Portal and corresponding digital badge series, I focus on cultivating projects for undergraduate students through strategic partnerships on and off campus. I oversee the digital badge series that guides students through all phases of their project experience from start to finish while ensuring they take the time to reflect on and leverage what they accomplish. Perhaps most importantly, I mentor students throughout the process and help them build the skills and experience needed to accomplish their academic and professional goals.
Beginning in 2016, I have worked to create innovative, hands-on learning opportunities through collaboration and technology-supported engagement. As co-designer of the Project Portal, I have focused on scaling up project-based collaboration through the development of a searchable website, a digital badge series, and compelling digital media to showcase student impacts. Along with these efforts, I also directly mentor students to help them reach the full potential of experiential learning by building connections in their learning, leveraging their talents, and developing as individuals.