My Research

My research interests are in identifying teacher beliefs surrounding teaching traditional, hands-on, skill-based courses in the online environment. Because teacher beliefs lie at the heart of teaching, they can affect the adoption of innovative practice, and ultimately influence the way teachers approach overall classroom practice. With my research, I intend to fill the gap between the type of learning students desire and the way in which hands-on courses are being offered at higher education institutions.


      Teacher beliefs lie at the heart of teaching, they affect the adoption of innovative practice, and can ultimately influence classroom practice.




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Peer Reviewed Presentations

Modifying the Recipe: How to Combine the "Cookbook" Approach with Inquiry-Based Teaching

Presented on new strategies to incorporate the "cookbook" approach to teaching with inquiry-based teaching for student engagement. Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), Orlando, FL, November 2016.


Out-of-the-Box Recruitment Strategies for Graphic Communications Programs

Presented on new and innovative ways to market and promote Graphic Communications programs, at a time when program enrollment is decreasing. Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), Orlando, FL, November 2016.


3D Mockups - The Responsible Way of Designing Flexible Packaging

Presented on best practices for designing flexible packaging including a take-away lesson plan for educators interested in implementing packaging production and design within their curriculum and packaging design mock-ups for student portfolios.  Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), Pittsburgh, PA, November 2015.


Attitude Adjustment: Barriers Keeping Faculty from Teaching Online

Presented on the barriers which faculty face with committing to training for online teaching and discussed current research on how teacher belief barriers prevent Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers from transitioning their hands-on, face-to- face classes to the online environment. Southeastern Technology Education Conference, Raleigh, NC, October 2013.


"Listening" with Social Media in the Higher Ed Classroom

Presented on the use of SM in the higher ed classroom and provided an interactive demo on social media listening. Educause Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2013.


Lessons Learned: Fixing a Training Program for Online Faculty

Presented on how a distance ed workshop had evolved over the course of 5 years and although online ed was growing, faculty participation in training was not. Distance Learning Administration (DLA) Conference,  Jekyll Island, GA, June 2013.







Getting to Know Twitter and Staying Connected

Presented on how Twitter might be used to enhance learning, engage students, and extend the learning environment. Offered participants live demonstration and shared experiences on using Twitter. Appalachian State University, October 2014. #appstatewebinar


How to Take Better Photos: Control Quality by Controlling the Camera

Presentation given on setting camera functions for quality control and resolution in camera and digital asset management. CCIT - Learning Technologies, Clemson University, November 2012.


Creating an eBook with iBooks Author

Presented on how to use iBooks Author in academia for for presonal projects. CCIT - Learning Technologies, Clemson University, April 2013.


Invited Speaker

Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for Packaging Design

Presented on how to use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to enhance packaging design. Provided hands-on demonstration to a class of undergraduate and graduate students in PKGSC 320 Fundamentals of Design. Department of Packaging Science, Clemson University, Fall 2007.


The Social Toolbox: How to Get Hired, Not Fired

Presented on using social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn to brand yourself and start networking with industry professionals and peers. Discussed the “Do’s and Don’ts” and benefits to using social media for self promotion. Surry Community College, Fall 2014.


















funded projects

Fourteen for 2014 | $5,000

Presented on how social media could be utilized to create a learning environment that engages and promotes active learning in the classroom. Appalachian State University FreeLearning Conference, Boone, NC, July 2014.



Course (re)Design Institute | $300

Submitted a proposal to redesign a course formerly titled “GRA 2222 Introduction to Flexographic Printing and Packaging”. The course was renamed “GRA 2222 Introduction to Packaging Production” in order to better fit a new program track starting in the Fall 2014 for Packaging Production within the Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology program. The project was awarded $300 by College STAR in combination with the Department of Faculty and Academic Development at Appalachian State University, Summer 2014.


Betty Foy Sanders Student Travel Grant | $3,031

Submitted a grant proposal for student travel to the Phoenix Challenge College competition. Grants were awarded to cover travel and lodging for the 2016 (Fort Worth, TX) and 2017 (Phoenix, AZ) competitions. The grant was awarded by the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University, Spring 2016-2017.



For a full listing of Scholarly Endeavors please click the Vita link to download a PDF version of my resume.

Rudisill Award | $500

Awarded by Epsilon Pi Tau as a scholarship to attend the ATMAE Conference. Recipients must be members of ATMAE and are initiated into Epsilon Pi Tau at the conference. I received this award for the Women in Technology Division and was honored at the 2014 ATMAE Conference in St. Louis, MO.


1st Place

International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) 1st Annual Student Packaging Competition (2001)


1st Place

Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) 2nd Annual Student Packaging Design Competition (2001)