About

Lieutenant-Headshot-Web-2014-11-22 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. Most recently, I was a Graduate Research Fellow at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. My participation in the REMS fellowship program was 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, approached from an administrative leadership perspective. 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 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.

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.

NDLC 2016: Poster Accepted

I’m excited to present a poster at the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC). This conference, sponsored by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Library and the Association of Research Libraries, will highlight the value and importance of diversity and inclusion for staff, users, communities, and institutions in the library, archive, and museum fields. I will be presenting the findings … Continue reading

MLA/DLA Joint Conference: Invited Panelist and Poster Accepted

I’m honored to be participating in both a panel and a poster session at the Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Joint Library Conference on Thursday, May 5th. First, I will be participating as an invited member of a student-led panel presentation on the future of the LIS field. Our moderator, Hope Reilly, has organized a … Continue reading

ITL Conference: Presentation Accepted

I’m looking forward to presenting at the University of Maryland‘s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference next Friday, April 29th. This conference is designed to bring the University of Maryland community, leaders from other education institutions, and members of the learning technology industry together to discuss how to define, foster, and engage students in educational success. Lindsay T. Inge and I will be presenting on the iDiversity … Continue reading

UMSI REMS: Graduate Research Fellowship Awarded

I’m thrilled to announce my acceptance into the Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) program at the University of Michigan, School of Information! This 12-week intensive summer research appointment pairs graduate research fellows with leading University scholars, who serve as mentors on a major research projects. 

DERAIL Forum: Presentation Accepted

I’m excited to be presenting at the DERAIL Forum this Saturday, March 26th. This student-led forum is designed to amplify student voices and perspectives and will focus on diversity, equity, race, accessibility, and identity in LIS. Lindsay Inge and I will be presenting on the iDiversity curriculum development project, which we’re co-leading at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. I hope you will consider supporting this important … Continue reading

iConference 2016: Short Papers Published

I’m thrilled to share two short papers, recently published in the iConference 2016 Proceedings. I could not be more grateful to my contributing researcher, Bill Kules, for his continuous support. Our first paper includes the preliminary results of our research study, which explored the methods and outcomes of library and information science student engagement in systematic program planning. The second, an … Continue reading