My primary research interest is in higher education history, particularly issues of access within the traditional, as well as the evolving, mission of land grant institutions. The opportunity to compete for viable access to selective public institutions such as land grant universities is an aspect of the "public good" that is embedded within the mission of such institutions. In a related area, I believe that large public research institutions provide an ideal venue for facilitating undergraduate research. ;Every fall since 2004 have taught an undergraduate Ethnography of the University course in which students increased their engagement with, and knowledge of, this institution by conducting research on the university. Student projects are permanently archived electronically in the university library's IDEALS collection.
I am also interested in access from the standpoint of the impact of learning assistance programs. As a long-time student affairs practitioner, I have worked in learning centers in two community colleges. In addition, I have had primary responsibility for the University of Illinois Office of Minority Student Affairs learning center, which provides tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and study skills assistance to non-traditional undergraduates. Currently I am continuing work on the impact of a diverse work environment upon the peer tutors who provide most academic assistance in the OMSA Learning Center.