One Graduate Student Exploring Digital Humanities

I am a full-time history faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College, who has decided after many years of teaching that it is time to get that PhD in History.  In 1988 I received my Masters from the College of William and Mary with a specialization in Early American History along with a Museum Management Certificate from Colonial Williamsburg. My plan was to work as a curator in one of Virginia’s many wonderful history museums.  I was lucky to work as the Curator at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Museum in Staunton, Virginia after graduating from William and Mary, however I took a sabbatical from history to raise my two sons.  When the youngest began school I decided that I might be happier in college classroom than in a museum.  I began teaching as an adjunct professor at Thomas Nelson Community College in 1999 and quickly realized the college classroom was the place for me.  In January of 2002 I transferred to the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College as an adjunct professor.  In 2008 I was hired as a full-time History Instructor and am currently also serving as the Assistant Dean for History and Political Science at the Manassas Campus.  I am currently working to earn my PhD in U.S. History with an Early American and Women’s History minors.  It is a challenge to juggle teaching, administrative duties, and graduate work, but so far I’m enjoying my time back in the student’s seat.

This blog supports my work in a graduate class, History 697: Creating History in New Media, at George Mason University.  To contact me, email me at

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