About Me

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Learning and Technology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dissertation: Personality, Presence, and the Virtual Self: A Five Factor Model Approach to Behavioral Analysis within a Virtual Environment

M.S. Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administration: Post-Secondary, Adult, and Continuing Education. Portland State University.

B.S. Business Administration: Information Systems. Portland State University.

 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Nominated, Regents Rising Researcher Award, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2017

Nominated, College of Education Distinguished Research Award, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2016

Nominated, College of Education Early Career Award, University of University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2016

Nominated, College of Education Early Career Award, University of University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2015

Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2013

Graduation and Retention Advocate Award, (Student Nominated), University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2013

Research Forum Award – Graduate and Professional Student Association, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2011

Graduate Student Scholar Certificate of Excellence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Educational Psychology, 2008

Best Paper Award – Inter- and Intra-Textuality in Massively Multiplayer Online Games, presented at the annual meeting of EISTA, 2008

Graduate Student Scholar Certificate of Excellence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Educational Psychology, 2007

 

APPOINTMENTS

2014 – Present – Assistant Professor of Interaction & Media Sciences, Department of Teaching & Learning, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2011 – 2014 – Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, Department of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

2010 – 2011 – Clark County School District Student to Teacher Enlistment Project Undergraduate Program (STEP UP), Part-Time Instructor.

2010 – 2011 – Nevada State College, Part-Time Instructor.

2007 – 2011 – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Part-Time Instructor, Graduate Assistant.

2006 – 2007 – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Graduate Research Assistant.

2005 – 2006 – University Nevada, Las Vegas, Teaching and Learning Center, Graduate Assistant.

2001 – 2004 – Intel Corporation, Programmer / Analyst.

 

IN THE NEWS 

Studying the “World of Warcraft”

I-Team: Serious Study of Online Games Comes to UNLV