I was selected as the recipient of Texas State University’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching for my course, COMM 3301, Empirical Research Methods. The award recognizes and rewards superior online teaching, provides models of excellence for fellow faculty, and encourages all faculty to continue to improve and advance their online teaching pedagogy.
My grant proposal, “’Pumping Up’ Survey Research: Boosting Participation in Texas State University’s Total Wellness Program” with Dr. Tricia Burke, was funded from Texas State University’s Research Enhancement Program. With this funding, we will conduct qualitative interviews to explore the role that coworkers play in influencing participation in our wellness program, as well as how people’s sense of identification with the University might affect their wellness choices. By studying the communication processes surrounding this workplace health initiative, this research aims to increase employee participation rates and improve people’s health behaviors.