- PhD in Horticulture, 2009, Michigan State University
- M.S. in Horticulture, 2006, Michigan State University
- B.S. in Mathematics, 1993, Michigan State University
Kristin has a 65% teaching and a 35% administrative appointment as the Director of the MSU Horticulture Gardens.
Duties and responsibilities include teaching HRT 203 (Principles of Horticulture), HRT 102 (Plants for Food, Fun, and Profit), and HRT 475 (Study Abroad); serve as Assessment of Learning Outcomes Coordinator; provide oversight for undergraduate recruiting efforts; advise undergraduate majors, supervising their internships, and building relationships with the horticulture industry. Also serve on: the Department's Undergraduate Programs Committee, Teaching Greenhouse Committee (as chair), and Scholarship Committee.
Director responsibilities include: Programmatic oversight of the Gardens staff and corps of volunteers, and interacting with the faculty curators of the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden and the C.E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum; providing leadership and vision for the Gardens; managing the budget and overseeing fund-raising activities including interacting with donors and the College and University Development Offices to build the Garden’s endowments; seeking competitive and foundation grants and other special funding opportunities; conducting and communicating educational and outreach programming associated with the Gardens.