Doctor of Philosophy. University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, 2009. Dissertation: Financial literacy and social work: Questions of competence and relevance. Committee: Ira Colby (chair), Patrick Leung, and Meredith Delk.
Master of Social Work. University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. Political concentration. May 2007.
Master of Arts in Behavioral Sciences – Psychology. University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2002.Thesis: Adult cognitive development and the Need for Cognition Scale: Identifying adults most likely to develop characteristics of postformal thought. Committee: Kyna Shelley (chair) and Lynn Tillman-Dowdy.
Masters of Divinity. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1986.
Bachelors of Business Administration. University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1977.
Association for Baccalaureate Program DirectorsCouncil on Social Work Education
Association for Psychological Science
Financial Capability and Asset Building Coalition
Influencing Social PolicyNational Rural Social Work Caucus
JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy - South Dakota
Social Welfare Research Consortium
Honors and Awards
Policy Fellow, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 2017
Nominee, Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2015
Awarded Course Redesign Fellowship, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota, 2014
Nominee, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, School of Health Sciences, 2014
Nominee, Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2013
Nominee, Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, School of Health Sciences, 2013