Biography

I recently retired as professor emerita of Individualized, Interdisciplinary and Lifelong Learning at Metropolitan State University and am waiting to see where retirement leads me. After years as a professional communicator, that will likely continue to be central to my journey.

My scholarship is interdisciplinary and I have written on a variety of topics including women’s heroic journey, leadership and teaching, and feminist science studiesMy first book, Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co-Create Global Partnership (Information Science Reference) was published in 2009. I have presented panels and papers on women in science and technology at multiple conferences such as the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as publishing in journals such as the NWSA JournalNWSActionFeminist Teacher, and the Journal of Computing in Small Colleges.
My 20-year career as a college professor included 4 years teaching technical writing, women in computing, and ethics in computing at the University of Washington, Bothell, and 16 years teaching core classes for the Individualized B.A. program as well as women's studies (focusing on women in math, science and technology) at Metropolitan State University. Prior to that, my 10-year career as a professional writer included 7 as a contract technical writer in the software development industry at companies such as IBM, Schlumberger, and Microsoft.

I have always had varied interests as demonstrated by my 19-year interdisciplinary undergraduate education (which included multiple changes of major from biology to political science to marine biology to writing)--beginning in 1973 at Virginia Tech, and including studies at Boston University, the University of California, San Diego, and Austin Community College before culminating in a BA in General Studies from Concordia Lutheran College (1992). I subsequently earned an MA in Women’s Literature from the University of Illinois at Springfield (1996) and a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies/Women in Computing from Union Institute & University (2000). 

-----February 2017
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