While at ASU, I served as an officer on the Teachers College Doctoral Council (TCDC) for three years. TCDC is a student led initiative designed to represent doctoral students interests within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (MLFTC) and to support students in their professional and scholarly development. As Secretary, I proposed the college organize a doctoral student orientation to welcome and help prepare new students to the program. This project was approved and resulted in an annual orientation that is co-hosted by MLFTC and TCDC. As Vice-President, I collaborated with students and professors in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts to redesign the graduate student offices to reflect the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the Learning, Literacies, and Technology and Educational Policy and Evaluation programs at MLFTC. In my third year with TCDC, I served as President. As President, I extended the scope of TCDC's annual education research conference to include all students at ASU doing research in education or a related field. We hosted over 100 researchers and attendees from ten fields.  In my capacity as President, I also served as the student representative on the Executive Committee. 

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Alpha Upsilon Alpha

While at ASU, I have been a member of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of International Literacy Association. During my time as a member, AUA's Beta Beta chapter has organized professional development and community service opportunities for doctoral students. This year I am the President of AUA's Beta Beta Chapter at ASU. In this role, I support our members through continued professional development by organizing events about the academic job market. I also collaborate with other officers and member to organize several initiatives: 1) a college mentoring program with an ASU affiliated charter school, 2) a partnership between doctoral students and a local library to organize mutually beneficial research and programming, and 3) a partnership between in-service teachers in MLFTC's Masters programs and doctoral students to organize mutually beneficial research.

Current Issues in Education (CIE) is a is an open access, peer-reviewed academic education journal sponsored by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Arizona State University. This journal is produced by doctoral students of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and publishes articles on a broad range of education topics that are timely and have relevance in the field of education both nationally and internationally. It is the oldest journal of its kind. While at ASU, I spent a year serving as a Section Editor for CIE. In this capacity, I managed manuscripts through the review process by recruiting reviewers and providing feedback to authors.

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Within my community, I volunteer to teach at the local library. The past two summers I taught a course on how to make comic books for adolescents. In this course, students learn how various comic book conventions such as panels, gutters, and bubbles can be used to convey content and achieve aesthetic goals. During the first summer of this program, I received a Summer Research Grant from the Learning, Literacies, and Technology program committee in order to conduct research as part of the program. I examined how students made decisions about design in their comic books including how they took up the various conventions they were taught as part of the program. Different aspects of this study are being presented at the National Council for Teachers of English Convention in November of 2017 and the Literacy Research Association's annual conference in December of 2017.


My relationship with the library allowed me to build a research partnership between the library and doctoral students at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. A total of five studies have been conducted by MLFTC's doctoral students in the past three years as a result. An on-going partnership is occurring through this connection and Alpha Upsilon Alpha.


For the past two years, I have served as one of the newsletter editors for the Literacy Research Association's Doctoral Student Innovative Community Group (DSICG). I initiated the rebranding of DSCIG. The goal of the rebranding initiative was to ensure that the newsletter presented our members in a professional light that equaled the research and professional presence of the individuals in our organization. The rebranding initiative has resulted in an extended readership and greater visibility for DSCIG.

In addition to rebranding the DSICG, I functioned as the graphic design arm of the newsletter. We purchased a design package which has been adapted over the past two years to meet the needs of the newsletter which is open to alternative formats of representation. This design has been taken up by our website design team, as well.

As a result of my rebranding initiative, the DSICG approved extending the newsletter editor staff, and the Literacy Research Association approved additional funding to support continued development of the newsletter.

Beyond the DSICG newsletter, I also collaborate with scholars from other institutions to organize a Comics and Graphic Novel lunch time study group at the Literacy Research Association's annual conference. This is my second year assisting with this project.