What are your main academic/policy areas of interest and what led you to those interests?
My areas of concentration are in Nonprofit Management and Policy Analysis. I want to pursue a career in university administration, hopefully at IU Bloomington someday soon. I love being of service to others and previously, being a classroom teacher was one way of doing that. As a curious person, problem solver and life-long learner I thrive in academic environments and enjoy participating in academic communities, in ways that are beneficial and personally meaningful.
Describe your role and experience as O'Neill Online’s representative to the O'Neill Graduate Student Association (GSA).
As the O'Neill Online representative, my role is to advocate for my O'Neill Online peers from around the world within O'Neill, and to help facilitate connections between in-residence O'Neill students and their O'Neill Online peers. With the support of my colleagues in O'Neill GSA, I am exploring several areas in which this may be accomplished:
- Market directly to O'Neill Online students, encouraging them to participate in programs such as the Career Networking and Exploration Trips that are already well-attended by in-residence SPEA students, thus bringing the two groups together.
- Develop professional activities between in-residence O'Neill graduate students and O'Neill Online students during O'Neill Online Week (which occurs during the summer).
- Include O'Neill Online student profiles on the electronic monitors in the O'Neill building to celebrate the value and contributions that O'Neill Online students bring to the O'Neill community.
- Explore more about what O'Neill Online Students bring to the in-residence O'Neill program. There is significant potential for O'Neill Online ambassadors around the world to connect in-residence O'Neill students with internship and job opportunities throughout the world where O'Neill Online students live and work.
Is there anything else you would like prospective students to know about you or your experience in the program?
There seems to be a great deal of mutual respect between professors teaching in the O'Neill Online program and the O'Neill Online students themselves. Students working from the far reaches of the planet, many of whom are deeply imbedded into their careers, bring unique and profoundly relevant experiences to the online classroom environment. With the expertise and dedication of O'Neill Online professors the learning is rich with meaningful relationships formed with each class experience.