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Changing Roles: Impacting Student Achievement through Faculty Development

  • 1.  Changing Roles: Impacting Student Achievement through Faculty Development

    Posted Feb 21, 2023 06:52 AM

    FREE Online Presentation: Changing Roles: Impacting Student Achievement through Faculty Development

    Presented by Jane Hammons, Amanda Folk, Michael Flierl

    Date: Monday February 27th 1pm CT
    Register here
    Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

    Faculty development provides librarians the opportunity to use our considerable expertise to develop scalable and sustainable programs that support teaching and learning-making a significant, demonstrable impact to the educational missions of our institutions. 

    Librarians have a long history of developing or supporting faculty development (Fribley et al., 2021). Recent scholarship describing librarian experiences as faculty developers provides evidence that librarians can effectively act in the role and indicates that such work can have a positive impact on student achievement (Bowles-Terry & Sobel, 2022; Flierl et al., 2020; Sharun & Smith, 2020). However, the faculty developer role is not yet closely associated with librarianship (Handler & Hays, 2019). Librarians may hesitate to implement faculty development initiatives for fear that they lack the experience, knowledge, or skills.  

    In this interactive panel discussion, three librarians with significant experience leading faculty development initiatives will discuss how librarians can impact student outcomes by adopting a faculty developer role. Panelists will discuss key issues, including: 

    • How does faculty development support librarians' teaching and learning goals?

    • What factors support librarians' ability to act as faculty developers?  

    • How does faculty development align with the traditional role and identity of librarians?  

    • How can librarians develop their capacity to act as faculty developers?  

    Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share comments via Padlet. They will leave with an enhanced understanding of the faculty developer role and actionable steps for integrating faculty development into their practice. 


    Jane Hammons is an assistant professor and the Teaching & Learning Engagement Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. Her work centers on providing instructor development to support the integration of information literacy into the curriculum and her research explores the potential for librarians to impact teaching and learning through faculty development. Jane has been published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, the Journal of Information Literacy, and has pending publications in portal: Libraries and the Academy and College & Research Libraries. 

    Amanda Folk is associate professor and Head of the Teaching & Learning Department at The Ohio State University Libraries. Her scholarly interests include exploring the sociocultural nature of information literacy and implications for teaching and learning, as well as examining the academic and library experiences of student populations that have traditionally been marginalized in higher education in the United States. In addition to serving as the editor in chief for The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Amanda has been published in College & Research Libraries, portal: Libraries and the Academy, College & Undergraduate Libraries, the Journal of Information Literacy, and International Information & Library Review. Amanda was the recipient of the 2020 ACRL Instruction Section's Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award.

    Michael Flierl is an associate professor and the Student Learning Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. His scholarship investigates the intersections of information literacy and student learning and success through qualitative and quantitative methods. Michael worked in Purdue's award-winning faculty development program, IMPACT, for five years in various capacities including leadership, is the Special Issues Editor for Reference Services Review, and a Fellow at The Institute for Information Literacy at Purdue. He has co-authored publications on faculty development in various scholarly spaces including College & Research Libraries, Library & Information Science Research, as well as an invited occasional paper for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

    This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Monday February 27th 1pm CT via Zoom. Register here: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b1lkL3U8RRKCKuMedFn5aA 

    If you can't make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you'll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

    Please direct questions and concerns to Andrea Wright (wright.andrea@outlook.com), or Samantha Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee's past and future programs are available here

    Alicia Vaandering (pronouns: she/her)
    Assistant Professor, Student Success Librarian
    University of Rhode Island
    Carothers Library, Office #125

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