Dr. Collins earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Urban Education and her Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC).
Dr. Collins’s research interests include the impact of short-term study abroad experiences on pre-service teachers understanding of the world around them and how rural educators can frame instruction in place-based and culturally responsive ways. She is passionate about mitigating the achievement gap for marginalized students and leads experiences for rural students that expose them to broader and more diverse schooling contexts. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Platteville she was an Assistant Professor at Queens University of Charlotte and taught in Title I schools in Charlotte, North Carolina for a decade.
She is a member of the National Rural Education Association, and currently serves as the IHE rep for the Wisconsin Rural School Alliance.