I am passionate about all ways that knowledge is acquired, constructed, and made meaning of throughout a lifespan, in adult work (paid and unpaid) and in formal and informal, culturally diverse, work and learning contexts. I believe that life experience is a rich reservoir for meaning making in support of knowledge acquisition and welcome opportunities to collaborate with and mentor graduate students who share this interest and passion. I am particularly interested in the critical importance of "relational dimensions, elements, and factors" in teaching and learning that inform and support safe, inclusive, and challenging learning spaces for adult learners and believe that these spaces are best co-created when educators and students recognize and embrace the "teacher" and "learner" that resides within each of us. I am also interested in inquiry that explores cultural differences and practices and transcending beyond differences in search of common ground as humankind. My teaching and research is informed by qualitative methodologies guided by interpretative methodologies (narrative, dialogue, and auto ethnography).