Recipient of Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

I am incredibly delighted to share the announcement of a new mixed methods project, “Aligning Graduate Education and Workforce Opportunities: A Robust, Equity-Focused Landscape Scan of Computing Terminology.” With support from the Sloan Foundation Technology Program, our team (led by PI: Dr. Annie M. Wofford; Co-PIs: Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, Dr. Bret Staudt Willet) will explore the (mis)alignment of computing-related terminology between graduate degrees in computing-related fields at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the language used in job ads for academic and tech industry positions. We see language as a possible barrier to racial equity in computing, and we look forward to partnering with MSIs to uplift the talented master’s and doctoral graduates that may be currently missed in hiring processes due to potential variation between how computing degrees/skillsets are named and how job ads are written.

Read more by clicking here.

AWARD AMOUNT: $249,978

New Beginnings: Professional Transition to Florida State University as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Recipient of Research Accelerator Grant, funded by the National Science Foundation and in partnership with the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) Research Hub

New Professional Role as Postdoctoral Scholar at Northern Arizona University

After successfully defending my dissertation in May 2021 and becoming a newly-minted Ph.D., I began a new professional role as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Northern Arizona University! My new position allows me to work with Dr. Jennifer M. Blaney on a mixed-methods study (NSF #2044858) exploring the pathways from community college transfer to Ph.D. programs in computing disciplines, with the ultimate goal of diversifying representation in the computing professoriate.

Read more about THIs Project here.

Recipient of Collaborative Research Grant from Division D of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Collaboratively with Dr. Christa E. Winkler (Assistant Professor in Student Affairs & Higher Education, Mississippi State University), I am thrilled to share that we have been funded by AERA to conduct a new research project! Our mixed methods study, “Uncovering the Epistemological and Methodological Nuances of ‘QuantCrit’ Applications in Higher Education Research” was funded by Division D and will be presented at the AERA annual meeting in 2022.


Recipient of Collaborative Research Grant from ACPA Foundation

Alongside Dr. Katie N. Smith (Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Seton Hall University), I am excited to announce that we are undertaking a new qualitative research project about undergraduate women’s experiences in engineering internships! We will be presenting this work at ACPA 2022.


This work has been funded by the ACPA Foundation. For more information about ACPA Foundation grants, please visit:

Recipient of P. E. O. Scholar Award

I am honored to announce that I have received a dissertation research grant! I have been selected to receive a P.E.O. Scholar Award to fund my project, “Rewriting the Script for Equity-Minded Graduate School Pathways: Examining Mechanisms of Mentoring and Psychosocial Development in Computing Disciplines”.

award amount: $15,000

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

The P.E.O. Scholar Award is a competitive award for doctoral-level study and research, and I am thrilled to have been selected as a P.E.O. Scholar.