College of Health Sciences
Currently, I am Lead Faculty and Contributing Faculty in the College of Health Sciences at Walden University. I teach a variety of undergraduate courses related to theories in health behavior change and health science courses, as listed on my curriculum vitae. In addition, I am involved with several projects that engage faculty across the campus in an interdisciplinary nature, including serving as Lead Faculty, Subject Matter Expert, and Dissertation Chair and Committee member for doctoral studies. I continue attend several national and international conferences, such as the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Public Health Education.
As a Lead Faculty member, my administrative responsibilities include providing effective leadership for departmental personnel, providing staff supervision, academic leadership, and community health education scholarship. I work closely with our School of Health Sciences, enhancing faculty and student academic development. Throughout all of these responsibilities, l strive to promote Walden University’s mission and vision understanding and practicing effective social change in higher education.
My teaching experience includes extensive experience both online and in class, teaching doctoral level courses such as Socio-ecological Determinants in Public Health, Communication and Advocacy, a myriad of master of public health courses, including Social Behavioral Sciences and Public Health Theory, Social, Behavioral and Cultural Factors in Public Health, Practicum in Public Health, Directed Capstone Research and Directed Individual Study, and undergraduate courses such as Concepts of Health Promotion. Previous undergraduate courses taught include Health Communication, Drug Education, Personal Health, Stress Management, Women's Health, Human Sexuality, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, International Health and Social Issues, Marriage and Family Interaction, Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Health, The Nature of Cancer, and Basic Nutrition.
My teaching philosophy can best be described as student-focused, practice-oriented and interactive. I am committed to training health promotion professionals via solid preparation in the social and behavioral sciences. However my belief is that this preparation should be done in a manner that facilitates students’ understanding of the delicate balance between science and the social, cultural, economic and political dynamics that influence the health of communities. In addition, I have a strong desire to be able to teach and mentor students in an environment that will facilitate their immersion into service learning partnerships with community-based organizations and public health departments.
I have an ever-increasing understanding of the other roles of academic faculty, particularly those related to teaching, scholarly productivity and university service. My current service and writing projects are outlined in my curriculum vitae. Regarding service activities, I have been involved in committees and processes involving multidisciplinary teams of faculty and community members at the discipline, university, community, and national level, and am certain that my past and current activities in this area will support my ability to be an active contributor to academic and community service as a senior faculty member.
I am fortunate to be involved in multiple health promotion practice, research and teaching initiatives in academic, governmental and community-based settings. These experiences have provided me with rich insights into community health issues across a broad and diverse range of cultures and geographic regions and continue to have a strong influence on my professional objectives.