I came to UW-Barron County in fall 2008 after gaining eight years of teaching experience in multiple disciplines (anthropology, sociology, and business) at various institutions in India, Mexico, the United States, and Puerto Rico. I was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System at their meeting on June 6, 2014. On July 1, 2014, Dean and Campus Executive Officer, Dr. Dean Yohnk, appointed me as the Associate Campus Dean for the University of Wisconsin - Barron County.
At UW-Barron County, I teach the disciplines of anthropology as well as sociology that includes a wide array of courses including cultures of the world, sociology of marriage and the family, sociology of race and ethnicity, and economic anthropology. Since fall 2009, I have also been actively engaged in the Engaging Students in the First Year (ESFY) program and have taught the First Year Seminar (LEC 100).
Broadly, my research interests are centered in the area of economic anthropology. In recent years I have conducted research and published on informal finance and retail businesses in Mexico. I am also currently working on a project to evaluate the impact of ethnic studies courses on students' attitides and perceptions about minority groups.
Besides teaching and conducting research, I am actively engaged in curriculum development, institutional oversight of research involving human subjects (IRB), and inclusive excellence. I served as the Chairperson of the Campus Curriculum Committee for the academic year 2013-14, and was the University of Wisconsin Colleges' Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014.
My interest in helping students see the value of a liberal arts and science education and enagage in campus and community life has led me to advise the campus student organization the Spirituality Network (formerly, FAIR) that strives to provide a platform for an open and safe inter-faith dialogue. Since Fall 2013 have worked with the One World International Club as its co-advisor.
In summer 2011, I became the first and only faculty member in the University of Wisconsin Colleges to be certified to facilitate multicultural awareness workshops for UW Colleges & Extension. Since January 2012, I have served as the Campus Point-person for the University of Wisconsin Colleges' Inclusive Excellence Network. I was elected as the Chair of the University of Wisconsin Colleges' Senate Inclusive Excellence Commitee in August 2014.
In August 2013, I was selected to be a member of the Academy for Leadership and Innovation Class II (2014), a leadership development and critical thinking class designed for faculty, academic staff, and classified staff working in the UW Colleges and the UW-Extension, as well as those with UW-Extension appointments at other UW institutions. The class began its work in February 2014. This class is the successor program to The Leadership Academy and before the administrative merger of our two institutions, the Extension Administrative Leadership Program (EALP).