I am currently an Associate Professor of Adult & Higher Education in the Department of Liberal Arts & Applied Studies (Division of Continuing Studies) and the Department of Educational Policy Studies (School of Education), and the Director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests are situated in the fields of applied anthropology, the learning sciences, and education policy analysis.

 

In my current research, program development, and teaching I am addressing three questions: (1) How, if at all, is higher education currently responding to the climate emergency with respect to career advising and skills-focused instruction? (2) What is the relationship between features of college internship programs - especially that of institutional, disciplinary and students' cultural identities- and their labor market, professional identity, and psycho-social outcomes? and (3) How can postsecondary institutions transform their structures, cultures, and pedagogical practices to best support career-integrated learning while also attending to disciplinary learning and a liberal arts education?

 

To investigate these problems I conduct descriptive, mixed-methods research that utilize theory and method from situated cognition, cognitive anthropology, and relational sociology to study colleges and universities (especially Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges) and workplaces in the U.S., China, and Japan.  Underlying each of these investigations is a strong commitment to documenting and then dismantling systems of inequality, gatekeeping, and marginalization that reside within higher education and the workplace.

Note: I'll be taking 1-2 new PhD students in the UW-Madison Department of Education Policy Studies for the 2023-2024 year.  Please get in touch if you are interested in work-based learning & equity, cultural nature of skills, career development, socio-cognitive models of teaching & learning/org change, climate & higher education.

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