I am a PhD student (ABD) at Penn State with a cognate in Instructional Technology. My research interests within my cognate focus on Open Educational Resources (OER), online learning, and instructional design. These interests led me to develop a variety of skills in quantitative research, including collecting, managing, transforming, analyzing, and visualizing data. Much of this work has been done through the Pitch Exploration Lab here at Penn State, which consists of faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students conducting experiments related to music cognition, perception, and behavior. In Pitch Lab, I have served as a data analyst on multiple projects for publication and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students on quantitative research methodologies. In addition to the required coursework in statistics, I have sought out additional courses in psychometrics, survey design, and completed a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics. Through my coursework and various research projects, I have developed skills in a variety of statistical software, including SPSS, Minitab, and R, along with the ability to communicate findings to a variety of audiences. In addition, I have developed and taught courses while serving as both a graduate teaching assistant and student teaching supervisor throughout my tenure at Penn State. This past year, I was fortunate enough to be one of ten graduate students in the University to receive the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. The primary course for which I was recognized, was one that I developed, which focused on instructional technologies in music, geared specifically towards future educators.
Prior to my enrollment at Penn State, I served on the faculties as at the University of Kentucky and Texas A & M University – Commerce, where I consistently received high ratings in teaching, research, and service. At these institutions, my responsibilities included leading numerous large student groups and teaching courses in the School of Music such as instrumental methods, music technology, music history, jazz history, instrumental conducting, and freshmen seminar. In addition, the ability to collect and manage large amounts of sensitive data was an integral part of my job, along with fiduciary responsibility of a budget in excess of $300,000. With the help of my colleagues at the University of Kentucky, we were able to nearly triple our department’s annual budget through benchmarking proposals and continued advocacy with university partners.