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  • Executive MBA - University of Washington.  Anticipated graduation June 2021.

  • Certificate in Digital Marketing - University of Washington.  Completed June 2020.

  • Ph.D., American Studies – University of Maryland at College Park, with emphases in Ethnography and U.S. History. Degree conferred in May 2005.


  • Certificate in Documentary Studies – Duke University, Durham, N.C. Emphasis in documentary film. Completed May 2013.


  • M.A., Liberal Studies – with emphases in Social and Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1997.


  • M.A., Communication – Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs, American University, Washington, D.C., 1990.


  • Bachelor of General Studies  – with dual emphases in Business Administration and Communication, American University, Washington, D.C., 1989. 

Professional Development

Leadership Academy Participant // October 2018

Poynter Institute for Media Studies

A highly interactive, five-day program, attended by more than 30 media leaders and higher education faculty from Canada, the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, and elsewhere, offered participants opportunities to update their understanding of management and media trends and tools, and receive personal coaching to accelerate their effectiveness as media leaders and educators.


Film and Video Production Participant // August 2010

Vancouver Film School


One-week intensive workshop, which provided comprehensive, hands-on training in the aspects of film production, including technical aspects such as camera operation, lighting, editing, and art direction.


Multi-Media Journalism for College Educators Participant // February 2010

Poynter Institute for Media Studies


A one-week intensive workshop for college and university journalism instructors that provided new media training in areas such as Social Media, Video, Audio and SoundSlides.


New York State Summer Writers Institute Participant // June - August 2001

Skidmore College


In a week-long Non-fiction Writing seminar with emphases in journalistic writing, memoir writing and creative non-fiction.


Journalism/Media Ethics Seminar Participant // March - May 2000

Poynter Institute for Media Studies


Opinion Writing Seminar Participant // March - May 1998

Poynter Institute for Media Studies


Editing and Writing Workshop Participant // September - December 1993

American Press Institute​


Interviewing Seminar Participant // September - December 1993

Poynter Institute for Media Studies


Diversity Awareness Fellow // September - December 1993

Newspaper Association of America


Participated in a one-week Diversity Facilitator training workshop.  Certified as a diversity awareness trainer since 1993.

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