Silk Apprentices

I have excelled in the area of service at USU, serving departmental, college, university, and professional positions. I received the “Friend of Honors” Award for 2017-2018 because of my commitment to excellent service and teaching in Honors. At the Department level, I am currently the Phi Alpha Theta Advisor (2017-present, current co-advisor: Angela Diaz). I have served on the Scholarship Committee (2017-18); the Peer Evaluation Committee (2016-2017); and as a member of the successful job search for the 19th-Century US and the World position (2016-17). At the college and university levels, I am currently on the Undergraduate Research Advisory Board, invited by Alexa Sand and Dean Ward; the CHaSS Representative to the Faculty Evaluation Committee; a mentor and speaker at the Women’s Leadership Initiative organized by WGS; and the Honors Program Departmental Advisor to History, Religious Studies, and Classics. I was also a founding member of Digital Humanities at USU. I often read URCO applications, evaluate student presentations at Student Research Symposium, and serve as a scholarship reviewer for the Women & Gender Studies program. This fall, I will present the WGS Halloween Brown Bag address on the history of witchcraft. As service to the profession, I review textbooks and serve as chairs and commentators at conferences.


Starting in Fall 2017, I have served as the faculty advisor to Utah State University’s Delta Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.  Phi Alpha Theta is a professional honors society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.  In Spring 2018, I organized and took four undergraduate and two graduate students to the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference in New Orleans. At this conference, our students had the opportunity to present their research. I also served as a panel commentator for three additional panels.


Since I regularly teach Western Civilization, I am always willing to review new textbooks in the field.  I have reviewed Western Civilization textbooks for Bloomsbury as well as Oxford University Press.


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The UT History Department’s Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality provides graduate students and faculty members a forum in which to present and discuss works-in-progress dealing with any aspect of gender and sexuality.  Meetings are held every other week on Fridays, with scholars presenting works-in-progress, recently published articles, book manuscripts, and conference presentations.  Lunch is always served.  The Gender Symposium (for short) has become a cornerstone to the Graduate Program in UT’s History Department.

In 2013-2014, I served as the Symposium’s Co-Coordinator.  With the faculty adviser and my Co-Coordinator, I organized a year-long program, facilitated catering orders, and advertised the events.  Our main goal was to increase graduate student attendance and participation in Gender Symposium, transforming the forum into a keystone of the Graduate Program where students were encouraged to present their work; network with scholars; and meet fellow graduate students with similar interests.  By modernizing Gender Symposium’s image with an active Facebook group, a listserv, more visible marketing techniques, and a more dynamic event schedule, we achieved this goal.  Under our leadership, Gender Symposium increased in attendance nearly 400%. For more information about Gender Symposium, including information on how to submit an abstract to present, please visit the website:

Copies of the 2013-2014 Schedules: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014



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Between May 2011 and November 2011 I served as the Program Assistant for the 39th Annual Conference of the Western Society for French History.  Working with the WSFH President, I reviewed paper and panel applications, organized panels, and coordinated the conference’s schedule.  I also found chairs and commentators for panels when necessary.  Furthermore, I notified all applicants of their paper/panel’s status and was the main contact person for questions.  Before entering graduate school, I worked in a public relations firm as an Assistant Office Manager and in the Education Abroad Office, honing my organizational and clerical skills.  Acting as Program Assistant further developed my organizational and clerical skills, but in an academic context which will serve me well in the future.