I am the Dean of the College of Social Sciences at San José State University. This appointment follows two years as the Founding Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
From July of 2007 through June of 2012 I was Chairperson of the Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota. I received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Indiana University. My initial academic appointment was in the U of M General College.
I am an "open-door storyteller" who has authored a book on undergraduate media literacy and co-edited an anthology on educational environments. My current research explores personal and social possibilities of undergraduate students' generation of creative digital nonfiction; see "The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom" as an example. I am a member of the Board of Directors for StoryCenter [formerly known as the Center for Digital Storytelling], a founding organization in the global digital storytelling movement that uses innovative story development practices and participatory media methods to support people in sharing personal narratives rooted in their own life experiences.