Just one? I don't like choosing one of anything. I really love this Bible verse and find it very motivating when I'm tired or when people get me down: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."--Galatians 6:9, NIV. Also, here's a gem that is often attributed to Albert Einstein but actually came from a sociologist named William Bruce Cameron: "Not everything that counts can be counted." That's good advice-- I don't care who you are!
Friends describe me
as kind and creative. And sarcastic.
Who has time for that when you have 3 kids in the house?! But in my former life, I enjoyed reading non-work related stuff and hiking. Generally pretty introverted stuff. I'm trying a bit of simple jewelry-making now when I can.
Fantasy dinner guests
Probably my grandparents and great-grandparents that I've lost? I wish I had spent more time learning about their histories. Also C.S. Lewis and Chris Farley. It would be a really weird dinner.
Best advice I ever received
It's important to know when to say no, but it's also important to know when to say yes.
My undergrad alma mater
Lander University in Greenwood, SC
My worst subject in school
In college I drove
an old light blue Nissan, which was lovingly dubbed "the rustbucket"
If I weren't a professor, I would
hmm...maybe something else in public service? victim services? EMS?
The Bible. I'm into some apologetics stuff right now, like Tim Keller and Nabeel Qureshi. Always C.S. Lewis. He is absolutely brilliant and nothing can rival all of the layers in his work, especially the Screwtape Letters and the Chronicles of Narnia. For work, I read a lot, too, but even though I enjoy my job, I wouldn't put those as favorite books...they're generally about people doing bad stuff to each other and how to try to stop people from doing bad stuff to each other.
I am at a point in my life where most of what I watch is animated...in terms of "grown up movies," I like both the Justice League and Marvel franchises (yes, I know they are competitors...if I have to pick I go Justice League because it has Wonder Woman, who I loved before it was cool), and some older stuff like When Harry Met Sally. It's a genius social commentary. I'm a big fan of quick, witty humor.
wherever my husband and kids are...I know it sounds lame, but it's true. Also, I really miss living near the beach like I did in grad school. But not enough to leave the Upstate, which is totally awesome and has mountains to explore!
ice cold with chocolate and sugar in it!
Nobody knows I
umm...if I shared this, then everybody would know it...?
My latest accomplishment
We have officially launched the new Carolinas Crime Analysis Association!
Let's see...I am in the process of writing the first ever undergraduate textbook on guns! And I am working on some research on violent female offenders and their reentry into society as well. I'm also working with the City of Spartanburg on a super exciting grant-funded project designed to help the Highland neighborhood control their crime and enhance their quality of life.