In addition to my full time studies in Adult Education, I am an adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College- Tomball in the Political Science Department. Additionally, I work as a Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M University in the Educational Administration and Human Resource Department. My work in teaching and as a graduate assistant provide opportunities to develop skill in online teaching platforms, learning management systems, student relationship development, and research efforts.
Research, service and teaching are important to my development as a future faculty member. As I continue to explore my research interests I consider and discuss ideas for my dissertation topic. Currently my research interests include dispositions for social justice; racism, global adult education, cultural competency, feminist teaching perspectives, and collaborative learning and leadership. Evolving and developing my perspectives as a full-time student refines my interests personally and professionally.
Prior to my transition into academia as a student, my professional experience includes Organizational Development at a community college. In this position, I researched, developed, and taught a variety of workshops. Workshop topics include practicing mindfulness, understanding stress, time management, and other soft skill sessions. Previously, I also worked with service learning volunteers of all ages at a non-profit organization that served victims of abuse. In my work with volunteers, I taught courses on understanding domestic violence and sexual abuse that enabled volunteers to work directly with people who experienced victimization. These various teaching experiences comprised classes of 7-90 people while also managing different aspects of the organization at both institutions. These professional experiences introduced me to my interest in research and advocacy as well as developed my insight into the operation of public institutions.
Gaining knowledge and experience in fundraising and development of a non-profit organization and a community college is also a dimension of my past professional experience. To support each organizations mission, I worked with many fundraising events and functions to generate revenue to continue services in the community and provide scholarship support. These fundraising efforts included work on a VOCA grant, as well as exploring avenues for financial support and individual giving. Community support coupled with awareness efforts provides an excellent opportunity to connect people to the mission of organizations that provide important services to local communities. Fundraising and development skills are complementary to my experience as a teacher and researcher.
My skills and qualifications, as well as my experience as an educator, research and student have influenced my personal and professional choices. I shared various professional experiences that led to my career aspirations in academia. The education and professional experiences gained have and continue to prepared me to face challenges post graduation. Looking forward to the successful completion a doctoral dissertation, publishing relevant research, and moving into a full time faculty position at a high ranking institution encourage me to maintain my focus and motivation.
Sincerely, Sarah M. Ray
Dedicated, humanistic leader with a commitment to enhance learning and development of myself and others in higher education. My experience and education have prepared me for research and data collection, teambuilding and development and content and program evaluation. I also am committed to enhancing the experiences of people in higher education through relationship building.
Dispositions for social justice; racism, global adult education, cultural competency, feminist teaching perspectives, collaborative learning and leadership.
Texas A&M University
Ph.D. Adult Education Estimated Graduation Date 2019
Sam Houston State University
Masters of Public Administration August 2013
University of Mary Hardin –Baylor
Bachelor of Arts in communication May 2007
Texas A&M University-College Station, TX
Graduate Teaching Assistant
-Assist in teaching Diversity and Globalization (408) to 40 students. Responsibilities include grading,
designing online modules and exams, working to meet student needs. supporting faculty in class operations. -Assist in teaching Applied Learning Principles (371) to 28 students. Responsibilities include grading,
designing and managing online modules and attendance, weekly communication with students about assignments, teaching class when professor is at conferences. Supporting professor in class operations.
Lone Star College-Tomball/Creekside Center – Tomball, TX
- Federal Government (2305)
Lone Star College System – The Woodlands, TX
Foundation – Director of Advancement Events Organizational Development- Instructional Designer/Trainer
July 2015 – December 2015 October 2013 – July 2015
College Station, TX Huntsville, TX Belton, TX
Non- Academic Presentations:
Managing and Leading Change in Higher Education - Leadership Academy Growth Session - September 5, 2014.
Reconciling Privilege and Oppression - Academy Alumni Association Speaker Series – January 23, 2015
Foundation - Coordinator
SAAFE House – Huntsville, TX
Operations Manager Community Services Director Volunteer Coordinator Community Educator
State Employee Charitable Campaign
Local Campaign Manager
March 2012 – October 2013
June 2011 – March 2012
June 2010 – June 2011
September 2008 – June2010 November 2007 – September 2008
November 2007 – March 2012
Professional Affiliations and Certifications
Association for Talent Development
American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA)
Credentialed ATD Master Trainer
Council for Resource Development
American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)
• Mini-grant recipient in 2015 from Lone Star College for “Learning with Tablets” project grant proposal. Awarded $2,500
Lone Star College-Professional and Support Staff Association
Vice President Hospitality Coordinator
The Dream Center
Basic Skills Teacher
Lone Star College
Colleagues without Border Registration Assistance
Lone Star College Foundation
Special Events Volunteer
Special Events Volunteer
Huntsville Children's Choir
December 2014-December 2015 December 2012-December 2014 June 2012-December 2012
September 2014-June 2015 September 2013-December 2015 June 2013-July 2015
March 2012-June 2013