Like in my research and teaching, I take an active role in completing service within my department, my institution, and the wider profession. These experiences have helped me crystalize and bring to fruition a longstanding commitment to mentoring and professional service. In 2017, I was a recipient of a MSU Council of Graduate Students Disciplinary Leadership Award for my contributions.
Service to the Department
Across my studies at MSU, I have served as a doctoral student representative on three different departmental committees. Through membership on the Faculty Advisory to the Chair Committee and the Doctoral Education Committee, I have discussed programatic concerns and possibilities for faculty and students alike. This included framing for a Department of Teacher Education statement of purpose and organizing critical conversations and programs about academic writing, respectively. Additionally, as a member on the Doctoral Mentoring Committee, I facilitated induction programs related to professional and personal aspects of the doctoral student experience. Similarly, as an invited practicum committee member for a number of graduate students at MSU, I provide feedback and mentoring to early year graduate students’ first forays into empirical research.
Service to the Institution
Although I have had many opportunities to serve within the Department of Teacher Education at MSU, I also sought occasions to provide service beyond my home department. For example, in my first year of study, I collaborated with a faculty member to bring filmmaker and mother Michèle Stephenson to campus to discuss the documentary, American Promise. This event was in alignment with MSU's larger Project 60/50 which commemorated the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversay of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Additionally, I obtained two teaching and learning fellowships--one situated in MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and the other co-located in the MSU Graduate School and MSU's Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. Through these fellowships, I engaged faculty and doctoral colleagues in critical conversations about teaching and learning in the university.
Service to the Profession
Through membership in professional organizations, I actively engage in national service. For example, I currently serve as the graduate representative on the the Literacy Research Association’s Ad-Hoc Communications Committee and I am in my third year of leadership on the Doctoral Student ICG.
Since 2016, I have served as a blog contributor for the International Literacy Association's Technology in Literacy Education-SIG. In this role, I share insights into practices and tools for everyday classroom use. Check out my most recent post here.
I also hold numerous leadership roles for the American Educational Research Association. I am a committee chair for the Division G student executive committee and I am in my second year as a co-chair for the Language and Social Processes SIG’s mentoring session.
At the 2016 NCTE Assembly of Research conference, I assisted with planning, implementing, and promoting a day-long pre-conference mentoring session for 32 early career faculty and graduate students. Additionally, l served on the Graduate Student Committee for this conference.
Across these leadership roles, I helped foster space for fellow doctoral students to network and engage with senior scholars as well as other graduate students.