Amanda is a full-time Ph.D. student in the Higher Education Administration program. Originally from North Carolina, she received her B.A. in Psychology from Mars Hill College and her M.A. in College Student Development from Appalachian State University.
As an undergraduate, Amanda’s research interests focused on college students’ perceptions of human sexuality and the role of consciousness. While at Appalachian State, her master’s research focused on college access programs and high school students’ knowledge of college. Amanda’s current research interests include student development theories (identity, cognitive, and moral), teaching methods, and liberal arts values.
“As a result of my experiences, I have developed a curiosity to learn that continues to grow. From first viewing William and Mary’s mission and purpose, to visiting the beautiful and historic campus, I knew this was a place that would offer supportive faculty, opportunities for challenge and growth, and a stimulating learning environment. Although it is difficult to leave the mountains of Western NC, I already feel a part of the W&M Tribe.”
Feel free to email Amanda if you want to learn more about her perspectives on the program.