Sandy has served as the American Studies Department Administrator since January, 2005, after spending two and a half years in the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. As the department’s sole staff member, she is responsible for many of the day-to-day tasks involved in making sure the department runs smoothly including processing faculty and graduate student contracts, ensuring courses are scheduled, and acting as the first point of contact between the department and prospective students and other community members. While not an official part of her job, Sandy regularly spends time working with current graduate students to make sure they stay on track and successfully complete their program of studies. Her favorite day of the year is Spring Convocation when she can share the students’ accomplishments with their families and friends.
Professionally, one of her proudest achievements came in December, 2012 when she was one of five recipients of the Gerald W. May Outstanding Staff Recognition Award. This is the most prestigious award a staff member can receive from the University, and she was both surprised and humbled to learn that she received a record seven nominations from American Studies faculty and graduate students as well as affiliated faculty from Women Studies, a separate program with whom Sandy works very closely.
Academically, Sandy received her Master’s in Public Administration (with Distinction) in May, 2013 with a focus on public management. She is currently contemplating a future PhD program, but has made no firm decisions yet.