Penn State Women
Associate Vice President and Associate Dean,
A key event that triggered her professional trajectory
When I was in the first semester of my master's degree program, I had two professors say to me on separate occasions that I should pursue a doctorate. That changed everything for me.
What challenges she overcame
I am a first generation college student. I faced challenges that ranged from "How am I going to pay for this?" to "Am I smart enough to be here? Do I really belong?" I am glad I experienced these challenges because it helps me to better understand some of the issues students face. It gives me perspective on my work and a sense of gratitude and humility.