Professional Experience

Professional Experience


Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Academic Specialist, Department of Horticulture (August 2015-Present)
Fixed term faculty with an 50% teaching, 20% advising, and 30% service appointment. Duties and responsibilities include teaching HRT 203 (Principles of Horticulture),  HRT 102 (Plants for Food, Fun, and Profit), and HRT475 (Study Abroad); serve as Assessment of Learning Outcomes Coordinator; and oversight for the Department of Horticulture's undergraduate recruiting efforts. Other duties include advising undergraduate majors, supervising their internships, and building relationships with the horticulture industry. Serve on various university and departmental committeees including the university Academic Specialists Advisory Committee (as secretary and webmaster), the college Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, the department Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (as chair), and the department Undergraduate Programs Committee.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Floriculture Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture (November 2011 - August 2015)
Fixed term faculty responsible for developing and implementing an outreach program in floriculture to support the commercial greenhouse industry in eastern Michigan (85%), as well as perform applied research on floriculture production issues and problems (15%). Write proposals and perform industry product trial research to raise funds for outreach activities. Develop and implement educational programs for industry.  Consult and advise growers on production issues. Serve as advisor on the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association (MDFGA) board. Perform research to support sustainable production practices.

 
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for Dr. Bridget Behe, Dept of Horticulture (Jan. 2010-Nov. 2011)
Responsible for developing and implementing many original research projects. Research included: using eyetracking glasses that recorded consumer shopping habits at independent garden centers in Michigan, surveying consumers about their opinions on organic versus conventional food production (using both focus group and internet survey methodologies), and surveying Michigan farmers on their use and needs assessment of passive solar greenhouses. In addition, this position focused heavily on writing proposals, analyzing data, and publishing results.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture (August 2004 - May 2009)
Responsible for many original green roof research projects involving carbon sequestration, evaluation of potential species, and stormwater management. Included experimental design, installation, and maintenance of research plots as well as data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results. Served on department committees as invited. Prepared for and taught two lab sections of an undergraduate course (Plant Propagation) each spring. Revised course material for lab sections as necessary. Was lead instructor for Plant Propagation course in 2007. Attended graduate level classes.

Various Employers
Programmer Analyst (January 1993 - August 2004)
Responsible for design, creation, and maintenance of company wide relational databases often for a large repository of highly sensitive information. Included: designing back-end table layouts, programming front-end user interfaces, providing ample security of database, analyzing data for high-end reporting requirements; creating user and administration manuals for databases; providing training sessions on all databases; troubleshooting and resolving PC, LAN and remote host-access (WAN) problems as it pertains to the databases.

 

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