University of Alabama
Learning in Action Assessment Team
The Learning in Action Assessment Team is comprised of faculty and staff who are appointed by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to support the assessment of The University Alabama Quality enhancement plan (QEP), Learning in Action: Developing Real-World Problem Solvers Through High Quality Experiential Learning Opportunities. As a team member, I work with the QEP Director and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to support the assessment of Learning in Action programs. My responsibilities include providing guidance related to assessing Learning in Action processes and outcomes (including but not limited to the development of rubrics, surveys, interview protocols, and processes for inputting and scoring QEP data submitted via Taskstream); analyzing and providing summaries of Learning in Action data for semester and yearly reports; and analyzing and providing summaries of data from relevant portions of instruments such as the Student Engagement at Research Universities (SERU) survey. I am in the third year of my three-year term.
Fine Arts and Humanities Division Chair for the Research Grants Committee
I was selected to serve a three year term (2016-2019) on the RGC subcommittee for Arts and Humanities. As a team member I provide advice to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development on the use of University funds available for individual faculty research, with specific responsibility for policy relating to the application and grants award process. The committee receives and evaluates grant applications, makes recommendations concerning RGC grant awards, and administers such grants and any intellectual property associated with them. As Chair of Area C, I report to our Vice President of Research and Economic Development after our subcommittee meeting with results and recommendations from the group.
MFA Curriculum Development Chair
I am chairing the committee developing the MFA in dance degree, working on the curriculum and plan approval, coordinating with faculty for curriculum and program development, representing the degree at meetings, and am working on the New Program application for the dance program’s national accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Faculty mentor and adjudicator for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference
Since its inception in 2009, I have mentored at least one student each year as they prepare to present a poster or oral presentation at this undergraduate conference. My students have consistently placed in the top three in their categories. I also adjudicated oral presentations and served on a discussion panel with several other faculty to inform students about the conference.
Alabama Dance Council Board Member
As a board member I help to promote dance in the state of Alabama. Our largest project is the Alabama Dance Festival hosted each January in Birmingham. This festival brings in artists from across the country as well as highlights local talent to help make connections within the dance community. We advocate for resources and funds for dance as well as help promote and sponsor various dance events throughout the state. I helped to initiate the New Works adjudicated concert which invites emerging choreographers to submit their work for concert presentation. I served as Vice-President for several years in the past.
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Director of American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive
I have served as Director for our ABTSI since 2008. I coordinate with various University programs to secure class, rehearsal, and performance spaces, housing, dining, and recreation for the students. Besides accommodations for the students, I also coordinate scheduling of classes with ABT faculty and ensure they have everything they need while they are here. I lead the University student counselors and help guide their attention and care for the approximately 180 ABT students ages 11-17. I continue to find ways to streamline the program for efficiency and artistic, educational, and financial gain. Over the years I have taught modern, Pilates, kinesiology, experiential anatomy, history, and choreographed for the showcase.
Dance Program Assessment Coordinator
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides academic and administrative units with improved planning and assessment capabilities as well as facilitating the continuing re-affirmation of accreditation process. They also provide a central location where the broad University community, prospective students and their families, and the general public can learn about the University’s mission, Organization, department and degree program goals, courses, and faculty. As Dance Program coordinator, each semester I work with the dance faculty to make sure they have appropriate measures for documenting student learning outcomes in their specific courses. At the end of the year, I gather the data to report on our compliance with our established outcomes for the program. I communicate with the faculty to gather information to assess faculty productivity and quality of work. These reports are submitted and reviewed annually.
Chair of NASD accreditation committee
I work annually to ensure the program is complying with National Association of Schools of Dance accreditation guidelines and suggestions throughout all growth and development of our program. As a junior faculty member, I was asked to chair our accreditation process by our dance program director. As chair, I was responsible for gathering all information necessary to create the self-study for accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance. I worked with faculty and staff in the program to gather data on our curriculum, facilities, policies and procedures, financial information, the College, and student records to create the report. I also coordinated every detail for the external evaluation as well as all follow up reports. As we proceed with plans for a new MFA degree at UA, I am working to ensure this new degree will be in compliance.
Consultant for the Alberta School of Performing Arts
I work annually to help administrators and teachers with their dance curriculum and dance audition procedures. I help provide opportunities for master classes by UA Dance faculty and students in the school and help coordinate guest performances at the school.
I oversee UA dance majors who teach dance classes to area schools including Alberta School for the Performing Arts, Oakdale Elementary, the Tuscaloosa Magnet School – Elementary, and Arcadia Elementary schools. I coordinate for partnership and afterschool dance classes at Arcadia, the Magnet School, and Matthews Elementary. Through Yonder Contemporary Dance Company’s regional tour, I have overseen dance majors teach free classes to the communities of Birmingham, Florence, Memphis, and Atlanta.
Dance Ambassadors Director
I coordinate an elite group of dance majors who oversee visits by potential students and honored guests. Each year approximately 15 dance majors are selected and trained in the details of the program curriculum and offerings, partnerships, and performance and outreach opportunities. I work closely with the student director each year to ensure proper communication and coordination of visits.
Guest lecturer to Theatre, Fine Arts, Honors College, Creative Campus, Freshmen Learning Communities
I visit these classes or groups on an annual basis (sometimes twice a year) to talk to non-dance majors about dance. Often the form is a lecture-demonstration around the Laban concepts of Body, Effort, Shape, and Space with dancers improvising concepts as I speak about them. We then watch video clips of different dance styles which leads to discussion of what the audience saw and interpreted from the movement. Other times the discussion has been more about the creative process leading up to a concert.
Advisor for SISTA 2
SISTA’s mission is to motivate and uplift youth and young adults through cultural experiences and exposure to the performing arts ultimately leading to revelation and development of talent, confidence, and skills for success. As advisor for the group I help members make connections in the community for opportunities to teach classes, workshops, or give performances and provide advice and resources to fulfill these assignments. Our latest connection is through the Covenant Dance Experience who strives to offer quality low cost/no cost dance instruction to local students who might not otherwise have the means to participate. The program also offers performance experience with a final showcase at the end of the year.
Advisor for Dance Alabama!
Under the guidance of the UA Department of Theatre and Dance, DA! Is an outlet for the members of the department to socialize, present serious choreography, make connections, learn about career possibilities, and to become a dance family. DA! also hosts community service and fundraising events throughout the year. As advisor I oversee their meetings, audition process for shows, community service activities and act as liaison between the organization and the dance program.
Advisor for Nu Delta Alpha National Dance Honor Society
This national dance honor society leads in promoting and supporting creative, artistic and healthy lifestyles through quality services and programs in dance and dance education. The organization hosts community outreach each year in addition to assisting with departmental activities. As advisor I help coordinate community projects and provide advice and resources for projects undertaken.
Lecture-Demonstration tour to local elementary schools
I have been able to take 3 different groups out for lecture-demonstrations on dance to our public schools. For the last, a select group of the cast of the Jose Limon piece “There is a Time” traveled to area schools to show excerpts of the work while I talked about the portrayal of emotion through movement. In the past, the presentations have been more general, discussing different styles of dance and elements of dance and showing student and faculty works to local students.
Diversity Committee member
Three year assignment. The primary project each year is a recruiting event aimed at 10th-12th graders in rural Alabama. We bring the students to UA for a day to tour the campus and learn more about what it takes to get into college and be successful in college. Additionally we seek to promote the activities of faculty and students who bring events to campus or present themselves at conferences elsewhere around topics dealing with diversity.
Recreation Center Committee
Advise the Director of University Recreation and the Vice President for Student Affairs regarding the programmatic issues of Recreational Sports, Recreation Services, and the operations of the University Aquatic Center and the Student Recreation Center. Provide specific advisory guidance with respect to the development and coordination of facility expansion planning and review, membership fees and policy and procedures of each of the programmatic elements of University recreation.
College Academy of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Committee, Fine and Arts and Humanities Division
The College Academy of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (CARSCA), a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, offers financial support to faculty involved in innovative research, creative, and professional projects. The committee examines proposals for any project-related need, including travel, equipment, supplies, honoraria for outside speakers, or salary (although salary for the principal investigator will only be considered under special circumstances). This funding is not intended to support the research, scholarship, and creative activity faculty would already be doing; rather, it should promote advanced levels of excellence in the proposed activity. CARSCA awards funding each spring and fall semester. All permanent College faculty members are eligible, and groups of faculty, including entire departments, may apply.
As new positions arise in our department, or as we replace faculty who leave, I serve on the search committees to help select new faculty.
Grant selection panel for the Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Mission of the Alabama State Council on the Arts is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources. I was asked to serve on a selection panel for the Individual Artist Grants for performing artists. Through the process I helped the organization craft a more efficient rubric for the evaluation of applications.
Adjudicator for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award for National Honor Society for Dance Association Inductees
The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) serves to identify honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation. There are two levels of adjudication: State and National. At the state level, the top applicants are selected to receive a state award and are then forwarded for adjudication at the national level. I was selected to evaluate and nominate students at the State level. This involved reviewing 15 applicants through an online platform, Acceptd, adjudicating them according to a rubric, and recommending applicants from the pool to be moved to the national adjudication round.
Adjudicator for Tuscaloosa Magnet School’s “Reflections Program”
I reviewed student creative projects around the topic “I am”. This involved examining poetry, short stories, visual art works, choreography, and musical composition by local elementary students to select award winners.
Represented Theatre and Dance Department at Saturdays at UA – diversity recruiting and Homecoming service events
Produced Dance Alabama Kids!; a dance concert geared specifically to young audiences