What does a typical day look like for you?
I juggle a wide array of projects that present themselves, especially with the new science building and the start of the food chemistry major. I spend a lot of time in the chemistry labs prepping and cleaning, maintaining instrumentation, taking inventory, disposing of waste and managing a team of student employees. I also adjunct, so some of my day is spent in the classroom.
Are you involved on campus in other ways besides your department?
I volunteer my time for many of Clarke’s outreach events such as STEM Day, Human Body Bee, Homecoming, View and IPCW.
Do you have professional involvements outside of Clarke?
I spent last summer doing analytical chemistry research at the University of Texas-Arlington. It was a great experience, and my results will be published. I plan to continue spending my summers doing similar professional development.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Definitely the interaction with the students! It’s the main reason I chose this career path.
What has been your greatest experience here at Clarke?
I would have to say the construction of and transition into the new science building. Such a large venture required considerable collaboration, ingenuity and determination. I am very proud of how the project turned out.
Why did you choose Clarke?
As a Dubuque native and former Clarke student, Clarke has always felt like home to me, so I was definitely eager to come back. I was also very excited to be a part of the new science building project; it’s not often that you get the opportunity to set up an entirely new lab just the way you want.
What is something that you enjoy about campus?
I really enjoy all the campus and community events that allow me to interact with people that I wouldn’t normally see in a regular day. I especially like the community outreach events with youth, such as STEM Day and Human Body Bee, because the students have so much energy and eagerness to learn.