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 under 10?! 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 you 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...probably do something in emergency services? Maybe still policing? Maybe 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, so right now I'm a fan of Incredibles 2. 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.
ice cold with chocolate and sugar in it!
Nobody knows I
umm...if I shared this, then everybody would know it...?
My latest accomplishment
I just won the USC Upstate Faculty Excellence in Service Award!! I'm so excited!! Also, I just submitted a journal article manuscript for review, which I consider quite a feat on a 4/4 + summer teaching load!
Let's see...I am in the process of writing the first ever undergraduate textbook on guns! I am doing a lot of research towards the new course set on crime analysis that I'm creating. And I'm writing a textbook chapter with a department colleague on mass shootings at colleges and universities. I'm also doing a project evaluation in Spartanburg on including creativity in the preschool classroom. This is not my regular area as I usually research violence and law enforcement topics, but I worked with these same groups on another project evaluation and they were so awesome that when they asked me again, I decided I'd just teach myself about the preschool classroom to work with them again! It's been very enlightening. It's not a bad thing to get out of your main area now and again. It keeps you on your toes. 🙂