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PhD in Media and Information – In Progress

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI | 2019 – 2023 (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


Research Assistant

Michigan State University | May 2021 – present

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

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University | August 2019 – present

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
  • MI 220 – Methods for Understanding Users
  • MI 250 – Introduction to Applied Programming (4 semesters)
  • MI 320 – Reasoning with Data
  • MI 491 – User Experience, Design, and Identity

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

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.


CPWA (Certified Professional in Web Accessibility)

International Association of Accessibility Professionals | 2018


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Volunteer / Service

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

Information and Media PhD Program, Michigan State University | 2020-present

  • Served as Media and Information department representative for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Working on building a peer support network program for PhD students in the program

Election Inspector

City of Ann Arbor, MI | 2018

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

Ann Arbor Web Accessibility Meetup Organizer

Ann Arbor, MI | December 2017 – January 2019

  • Plan upcoming meetup events along with 3 other organizers
  • Give speaker introductions and/or talks as needed
  • Communicate with meetup members via and social media

Public Library Volunteer

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

  • Helped with community events that are sponsored by and held at public locations in and around Ann Arbor
  • Assisted with daily library tasks as needed, such as scanning and organizing