Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service
“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” ~ Tom Peters
Since 2011, Sarah has regularly taught multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate level with high enrollment while balancing her research and extensive service responsibilities. She consistently has above average teaching evaluations from her students each semester.
She is the Director of the Mississippi Computing & Cybersecurity Equitable Education Space (MSuCCEEDS), through which K-12 student and teacher education is facilitated in addition to undergraduate learning. Sarah serves as Executive Director of the MSU Affiliate Mississippi Coding Academy Golden Triangle campus.
Sarah is studying the factors that influence and motivate students to enroll and persist in computing majors, with particular focus on women, under-represented racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. Which pre-collegiate experiences
influence them to enroll?; Which stakeholders influence these students in their decision-making process?; What programs are effective in impacting their persistence on the computing pathway?
Working with education researchers, Sarah established a quality CS teacher professional development program, Attract-Inspire-Mentor (AIM), that overcomes access and implementation barriers among teachers throughout the state. With partners throughout the state, she is studying the impact on student and teacher self-efficacy growth resulting from AIM.
Sarah's belief in servant leadership is evidenced through her service activities. Through her work in building the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing, she helped found CodeMS. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Bulldog Bytes program at MSU. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Coding Academies. Sarah was elected by the Bagley College of Engineering faculty to represent the College on the University Community Engagement committee. She also serves on the BCoE Promotion and Tenure committee.
In addition to professional related service through her administrative role in CSE, Sarah is active in the Bernard Romans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Lowndes County MS Pioneer Society. She is a member of the Pace Society of America, and the Golden Triangle Kennel Club of Mississippi.