How did you discover Western?
I had just graduated with my Ph.D. from Colorado State University and was searching for a faculty position. I was hoping to remain in Colorado, and a friend told me about a job opening at Western, and I contacted Western. After going through the interview process, I was offered a position.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Faculty advisor for the Mountain Rescue Team for eight years during the 1990s during which time they passed national certification two times. I took a sabbatical year in Florida in 2000 and undertook a revision of Western’s Criminal Justice program. In 2009 I received a $250,000 Department of Education grant to establish WRAP (Western’s Responsible Alcohol Partnership), which is still in existence. I have served as Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences for 11 years.
What most excites you about your field?
I love to teach, and Sociology offers an amazing platform from which to view our ever-changing social world. I enjoy discussing controversial and current topics in my classes, and love to challenge students to examine their preconceived ideas.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
I think this is one of the most beautiful, picturesque places in the country, which provides incredible recreational opportunities. I love to run on the mountain trails, cross country skiing, mountain biking and hiking. Also, Gunnison’s isolated location makes it a very safe place to live.