CV / Resumé

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PhD in Media and Information – In Progress

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI | 2019 – 2025 (expected)
Qualitative research focusing on video game communities, toxicity, and gender

Masters of Science in Information

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI | 2011 – 2013
Specialized in Human Computer Interaction

Coursework in Graphic Design

Everett Community College – Everett, WA | 2008 – 2010

Bachelor of Arts

Whitman College – Walla Walla, WA | 2003 – 2007
Majored in German Studies

Notable Coursework

  • Ways of Knowing
  • Social Justice and Diversity in Psychology
  • Media Theory
  • Language and Cultural Meaning
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods: Humanizing Research
  • Feminist Theories, Pedagogy, and Epistemologies


Instructor of Record

Michigan State University | August 2023 – May 2024

Course: MI 250, Introduction to Applied Programming. The course is a flipped classroom style class using the technique of pair programming to introduce students who do not intend to be programmers to the basics of programming with Python.

  • Developed syllabus, course materials, assignments, and grading schema
  • Oversaw work done by course assistant
  • Mentored honors college students on individual programming projects for honors credit

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University | August 2019 – December 2022

Tasks include grading, lecturing, assisting students with coursework, and assisting professors with course development

  • MI 101 – Understanding Media and Information (2 semesters)
  • MI 201 – Introduction to Information Science (3 semesters, including leading recitation sections)
  • MI 220 – Methods for Understanding Users
  • MI 250 – Introduction to Applied Programming (6 semesters, co-teaching)
  • MI 320 – Reasoning with Data
  • MI 491 – User Experience, Design, and Identity

Research Assistant

Michigan State University | May 2021 – August 2021

Worked with Jean Hardy, PhD on qualitative data analysis and writing for the LGBTQ Futures project.

Bookshelver / Processor

Ann Arbor District Library | September 2018 – July 2019

  • Process books, media, and tools to facilitate circulation through the library system
  • Shelve and organize books and other media within each of the five library branches
  • Assist patrons in locating books and media

User Experience Designer

Deque Systems, Inc. | June 2015 – May 2018

  • Planned and performed user research with clients and other potential users
  • Created and maintained a user research recruitment database
  • Wrote blog posts and spoke at conferences about accessibility-focused design
  • Lead design for multiple B2B web applications, focused on accessibility
  • Worked with an agile team to implement and test user interface solutions

Contract Web and UX Designer

Self-employedJanuary 2014 – July 2015

Performed user research, usability analyses, and website design for a variety of individuals and small businesses. Clients included:

  • Stovall Entertainment, LLC – Ypsilanti, MI
  • Highlands 460 Covenant Community – Centennial, CO
  • Janet Hamilton, Fine Artist – Everett, WA
  • Seventh Street Studio – Birmingham, MI

Design and Technical Consultant

University of Michigan School of InformationJanuary – May 2015

  • Advised students in a graduate-level design course on project management, design considerations, and technical considerations
  • Assisted students with technical implementation for projects (specifically using WordPress)
  • Taught workshop on WordPress design and development

User Experience Research Consultant

University of Michigan Library | March – April 2014

  • Worked with librarians to define research goals and recruit participants
  • Moderated usability tests for a library-based online learning tool
  • Collated results and presented to library stakeholders

User Experience Design Intern

University of Michigan Medical School | October 2012 – April 2013

  • Worked with an agile team to create solutions for web applications used by doctors, staff and medical students in the University of Michigan health system
  • Performed user research on existing and future applications and ideas
  • Created a style guide for a small suite of web applications

Assistant Instructional Technologist

University of Michigan Library | October 2011 – March 2015

  • Assisted students, staff and faculty in learning and using design software, Microsoft Office, and bibliographic management systems
  • Assisted librarians and other instructional technologists in giving software and technology workshops
  • Wrote and edited library guides for using design and media editing software

Academic Publications

Holtz, B., Mitchell, K., Adams, R., Geier, C., & Wright, J. (2024). Enhancing comprehension of online informed consent: the impact of interactive elements and presentation formats. Ethics & Behavior, 1–14.

Hardy, J., Geier, C., Vargas, S., Doll, R., & Howard, A. L. (2022). LGBTQ Futures and Participatory Design: Investigating Visibility, Community, and the Future of Future Workshops. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 6(CSCW2), 1-25.

Geier, C., Adams, R. B., Mitchell, K. M., & Holtz, B. E. (2021). Informed Consent for Online Research—Is Anybody Reading?: Assessing Comprehension and Individual Differences in Readings of Digital Consent Forms. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 16(3), 154–164.


CPWA (Certified Professional in Web Accessibility)

International Association of Accessibility Professionals | 2018


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Volunteer / Service

Election Inspector

City of Ann Arbor, MI | 2018
Green Oak Township, MI | 2022 – present

  • Set up polling location on election day
  • Assist citizens with voting during election hours
  • Assist with maintaining accurate voting counts throughout election day

Public Library Volunteer

Ann Arbor District Library – Ann Arbor, MI | December 2016 – September 2018; August 2019 – December 2019
Brighton District Library – Brighton, MI | August 2023 – present

  • Help with community events that are sponsored by the library system and held at public locations in and around Ann Arbor and Brighton
  • Assist with daily library tasks as needed, such as scanning, organizing, and shelf-reading

Elected Board Member – Association for Doctoral Students in Information and Media (ADSIM)

Information and Media PhD Program, Michigan State University | September 2020 – August 2021

  • Served as Media and Information department representative for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Worked to expand a peer support network for PhD students in the program
  • Co-led an “accountability hours” co-working system for PhD students

Ann Arbor Web Accessibility Meetup Organizer

Ann Arbor, MI | December 2017 – January 2019

  • Planned upcoming meetup events in collaboration with 3 other organizers and local businesses / organizations
  • Gave speaker introductions and/or talks as needed
  • Communicated with meetup members via and social media