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 is the Director of the new Mississippi Computing & Cybersecurity Equitable Education Space (MSuCCEEDS). Despite her extensive responsibilities, Sarah consistently has above average teaching evaluations from her students each semester. She is working with InnovateMS to launch a Coding Academy in Columbus MS, similar to one piloted in Water Valley MS.
Sarah is studying the factors that influence and motivate female students and African American students in Mississippi to enroll and persist in computing majors, 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 since joining the MSU faculty in 2011. Through her work in building the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing, she is a co-founder of CodeMS. In addition to professional related service, Sarah is active in the Bernard Romans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution through which she provides civic service to the local community. She is also a member and Vice President of the Golden Triangle Kennel Club of Mississippi.