Research Interests

 --Nonprofit management                     --Strategic planning

--Leadership development                    --American social history


Teaching Responsibilities

  • POLS 5370: Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations
  • POLS 5340:  Executive Process in Public and Nonprofit Agencies


Community Engagement (selected)

  • Board Experience:
    • Chair, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga , 2010 – present
    • Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Council, program chair 2010 – 2011.
    • Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults (2004 – 2012; president, 2007-2009)
    • The Rotary Club of Chattanooga
      • Board of directors, 2009-2011
      • District Peace Scholarship Committee, chair 2010 – 2013.
      • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, member of accreditation teams


Publications and Presentations  (Representative)


  • “Engaged with Carnegie:  Effects of Carnegie Classification Recognition on CUMU Universities,” co-authored with Susan Ritz. Journal of Metropolitan Universities, Vol. 24, No. 1 (May 2013), 35 – 46.
  • “Stability and Change:  The Presence and Absence of Women in Tennessee’s Corporate Board Rooms,” co-authored with Stephanie Bellar and Marilyn Helms. Business Perspectives, Vol. 21, No. 1 (2012), 50–57. 
  •  “The Ultimate Glass Ceiling Revisited:  The Presence of Women on Corporate Boards,” Co-Authored with Stephanie Bellar and Marilyn Helms.  Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 50 (Spring 2004), 177-186.

Grant Proposals (External)

  • International Exchange of Scholars, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State. Approved.
  •     “Germany Today:  Innovations in German and European Graduate Education.”  June 17-24, 2006.  Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst.  Fully funded.
  • “Community Development Work Study Fellowships.”  Co-written with Stephanie Bellar and David Edwards, submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.  Funded at $90,000.  (2005-2007) 



  • “Paying It Forward:  The Role of Unit Leadership in Mentoring Staff,” co-presented with Yvonne Kilpatrick, at NAGAP’s 25th Annual Conference, April 25 - 28, 2012, in Austin, TX. (NAGAP is The National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.)
  • “Teachers, Teach Thyselves,” co-presented with Karen Adsit, Stephanie Bellar, David Edwards, Christopher Horne, and Marcus Mauldin.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Political Science Association.  Nashville, TN (April 2010).


Professional Recognitions

  • Chattanooga Women of Distinction Award.  (2011)
  • President, the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools, 2001-2002.
  • President, the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, 2006-2007.