I aim to establish my career as a higher education researcher, so I may best combine my expertise, passion, and vision as an educator, scholar, mentor, and leader. I am Graduate Research Fellow, working under the direction of Soo Young Rieh, PhD, at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. My participation in the REMS fellowship program is generously funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Faculty Allies for Diversity Program.
I received my MS in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America in May 2016 where I was a Graduate Assistant to the LIS Department Chair and Graduate Library Assistant. I also hold a BA in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State College. During my graduate studies, I was fortunate to intern at a number of leading research institutions, including Georgetown University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives and Records Administration.
My primary research interest is library and information science education administration. My research investigates how higher education structures, systems, and processes can be used to promote reflective praxis, educational equity, student agency, and organizational change. I care deeply about supporting, mentoring, and engaging current LIS students in creating the future of LIS education. I have pursued this guiding mission by conducting applied research to solve practical problems and developing partnerships through outreach and engagement activities.
I have published in professional and scholarly outlets and presented my research in local, regional, and national venues. During my tenure as a master’s student, I published 2 refereed short conference papers, 9 invited brief general articles, and 8 digital contributions, held 3 contributing authorships in professional venues, and delivered 15 research presentations. I will continue pursuing my research agenda as a higher education doctoral student, starting fall 2017.
I am currently serving a three-year appointment to the Special Libraries Association’s Student and New Professionals Advisory Council and an invited appointment to the American Library Association’s Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation. I am also a committee member of the American Library Association’s Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.