I’m an Instructional Designer for Connected Learning at Colgate University. I never thought I’d have a job like this….
I have a PhD in Natural Resources from Cornell University, where I studied community engagement in urban forestry with concentrations in adult and extension education, environmental psychology and the human dimensions of natural resource management. After grad school, I started as an adjunct professor at Colgate, teaching a course on environmental activism. That course confirmed that I loved teaching, but teaching as an adjunct was challenging. I also didn’t want to pursue the tenure track, so I decided to shift gears. After a lot of soul searching, I realized my true passion was the liberal arts. Afterall, my own BA in environmental studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges was what had launched me into a “life of the mind” in the first place. I also discovered “alternative academic” career options for PhDs and became interested in instructional design as a way to support liberal arts education. Now here I am, exploring the intersection of teaching, learning and technology at Colgate.
I’m always drawing inspiration from my previous research in community engagement around environmental issues. This blog is my space to navigate the exciting connections I’m discovering between instructional design and educational technology (my new career) and environmentalism (my former career) and the professional (personal) identity shift that is happening in between and to connectedly document my own learning.