During my tenure as Department Coordinator of the Political Science and International Studies departments, I have worked to improve the quality of our cirriculum and provide more valid and reliable methods of assessing student performance. Among my contributions, I have redesigned the department's internship course sequence to better prepare students for internships and to refine their professional skills. I have also improved the political research methods course to include more rigorous statistical training and a greater emphasis on the need for data practices involving transparency that facilitate the replication of research studies, a theme underlying subsequent upper level courses.

Given my institution's proximity to many international and non-governmental organizations, I have actively sought to create relationships betwen Virginia Wesleyan College and the larger political community. As part of this activity, I have worked to develop a partnership between VWC and the NATO Allied Command Transfer Base located in Norfolk, VA. In addition to bringing NATO personnel on campus to speak and teach courses, I am currently working to develop a certificate program in Diplomacy and International Organizations open to our students and the broader Hampton Roads community.