A Career Update

I’m excited to share some big news: this month I transitioned into a new role as Senior Vice President of Academic Innovation for OU Education Services (OUES). OUES is a new non-profit created to manage and grow online learning at the University of Oklahoma, with the goal of increasing accessibility to higher education.

The best part? I was able to make this move alongside my longtime team from the OU Office of Digital Learning, along with many colleagues from OU Online. ODL is now simply OUES. Currently, much of our effort is focused on laying the foundation of the organization while continuing to support new and existing online programs at OU. I look forward to sharing more about our work as OUES, which we believe is at the forefront of the future of education.

One product of this transition is that Spring 2024 will be my  semester last on faculty. The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication has shaped me over the past two decades in ways that are hard to put into words. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation of Gaylord College students.

Being on faculty has been one of the most intellectually and emotionally challenging professional experiences, and I’ve loved every second in the classroom. If you had told me 15 years ago when I graduated from OU that I would stay in Oklahoma, much less teach, I would have laughed. Instead, I’ve grown where I’ve been planted, teaching 52 classes and 1,912 students. This journey has also taken me around the world, from New York’s leading ad agencies to study abroad programs in Tuscany, witnessing our students learn in diverse settings.

I anticipate finding my way back to Gaylord College in the future, but my career has now pulled me in a new direction, necessitating my exit from the faculty. Perhaps this is a “see ya later” rather than a “goodbye,” but thank you to my colleagues, staff members, and the College’s leadership for giving an eager and excited grad like me the chance to chase a dream and make an impact.

To my former students, thank you for allowing me to play a small role in your academic journey. I’ll cherish the memories of our time together. While my employer may change, my alma mater never will. Live On, University!