Director, Columbus Program in State Issues
Department of Political Science
WORKED AT KENT STATE SINCE:
I have just started this position, but worked for the Ohio Employee Ownership Center - an office of the Department of Political Science - for three years, in the past.... and I drove a bus for the Campus Bus Service, and worked as Assistant Transportation Planner, for three years when I attended undergraduate at KSU! So I've worked for years for Kent state, over a very long period of time! Now, I'm just very newly back.
The Columbus Program in State Issues is one of Kent State's "Travel Away" programs. Students come to Columbus for a fall semester. They work three days a week at an internship in or around the statehouse; they have two days of briefings from key actors creating or influencing policy; and they take a seminar in state government structure and issues. They get 15 credit hours - close to what is required for a political science minor. I administer the program and teach the seminar. I also teach a class in public finance and administer the internships for the Public Administration Department.
EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO KENT STATE UNIVERSITY:
I've worked in economic development and tax and budget policy at the local, state and national levels since 1985. For the past 15 years I worked as senior program director and writer for Policy Matters Ohio.
LIKES MOST ABOUT KENT STATE:
Kent State is a big research university with professors who have national and international connections and reputations, but they know and love Ohio and their students. It is a nurturing environment, and you can get to anywhere you want to go, do what you want to do, with a degree from Kent State University.
ATTRACTION TO KENT STATE AS AN EMPLOYER:
I'm maybe a bit different from most new employees. Kent feels like home to me. I have a really long-term relationship with the Department of Political Science - from studying there, to working there in the past, to teaching here, now. My husband and I went to Kent, my son went to Kent; it is a treat and an honor to work here!
Maple Heights, OH
BA, Kent State University, English and Political Science;
Master of City Planning, University of California at Berkeley
Hiking, camping, reading novels, running the family art business, volunteering with campaigns, consulting with community and labor groups on budget analysis. Member of the Central Ohio Workers Center.