I am committed to continuous professional improvement, both formally and informally.

Informally, I often experiment with new technologies that can prove useful to teaching and leadership activities, such as the use of electronic social media, photo editing tools, and new web design and word-processing programs. I have been engaged with the professional uses of LinkedIn, Skype, Twitter, and Facebook, to name a few. I have even hired two adjunct faculty using the Facebook.

In 2009-10, I have been participating in two leadership development programs:

  • National Institute for Leadership Development (NILD) Leaders Institute, a national program developing women leaders in community colleges. More information: First link on the left.

  • Leadership Duluth, the City of Duluth's premier leadership program, which is designed to identify, orient, and develop existing and emerging leaders from a variety of organizations and industries and to provide them opportunities for networking. The topics range from government services to the city's banking, business, and industry. Participants in this program are encouraged to provide practical community service to a specific organization in the area. My team is organizing a speaker series with a global theme, which will be held at Lakeshore, a residence for the elderly.


I continue to draw from my past leadership training, particularly the Luoma Leadership Academy (2005-06), which provided me an opportunity to develop several long-term professional relationships with system colleagues at different institutions and at the Office of the Chancellor.  More information: Second link on the left.


Likewise, my sabbatical leave in Spring 2007 continues to inspire and inform my current leadership activities. I often direct interested faculty to the resources on my blog In Global Context, which houses many of my sabbatical projects. The blog also continues to get some attention from readers on the web, including instructors and students at other institutions. Most recently, I have been contacted by a sociology instructor at Boston University and a student at University of Minnesota Twin Cities. More information: Third link on the left.