All of my professional decisions are based on the following question: Will the action or direction I take help others to learn, and to apply their learning? This purpose drives me and fuels my passion for everything I do. I align myself with organizations that I feel allow me to fulfill this goal, while at the same time stay nimble enough to be prepared and anticipate the inevitable changes life will require.
I am an American but was an expatriate and lived for 18 years in the Middle East; I returned to the U.S. in fall 2016 and currently reside in the Boston area. I am a U.S. Army veteran and love reading, travel, and new life experiences. I have over 10 years’ experience teaching and mentoring doctoral students at universities in the U.S., the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. I have also, besides my academic career, spent 10 years in managerial and executive level human resources positions in the UAE, particularly in start-up private and government organizations. I also provide consulting services in human resources management and leadership areas. I am currently serving in a human resources practitioner role at Tufts University. I have taught online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses, with a specialty of human resources subjects and leadership. My research focuses on expatriate adjustment and international HR/OB topics. I am, in the main, a quantitative researcher, although my world view is firmly rooted in more holistic philosophy. I have published in scholarly journals and presented at conferences, and most recently published a book titled “Antecedents of Adjustment for Self-Initiated Academic Expatriates.”
I earned my bachelor’s degree in International Studies/Asian Studies from the University of South Florida. My first master’s degree, a Master of Education in Multilingual/Multicultural Education, is from Florida State University. I also hold an M.S. and Ph.D., both in Organization and Management, from Capella University and the SHRM-SCP and SPHRi certifications.