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 new Mississippi Computing & Cybersecurity Equitable Education Space (MSuCCEEDS), through which K-12 student and teacher education is facilitated in addition to undergraduate learning. Sarah serves on the board of directors for the Mississippi Coding Academies and works closely with the instructional team at the Golden Triangle campus.



Sarah is studying the factors that influence and motivate students in Mississippi to enroll and persist in computing majors, with particular focus on women, under-represented racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. Specifically: 

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?



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 is a co-founder of CodeMS. She is the Director of the GenCyber program at MSU and the Bulldog Bytes program. In addition to professional related service, 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 currently serves as Vice President of the Golden Triangle Kennel Club of Mississippi.