School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
University of Missouri

Residency Plan

Research and writing has allowed me refine my skills of inquiry and has helped me orgainize my thoughts so that I can better communicate them. Conducting in-depth research in specific topics has increased my knowledge of information science and the processes used for effective communication of ideas. I think the most effective lesson I've learned is how to state a case and provide valid auguments backed up by documented beliefs and facts. Presentations brought valuable feedback to my research and started conversations that lead to the generation of new concepts and conclusions.
Teaching was an unexpected pleasure in my PhD program. This activity helped me believe that I could put my skills to good use. I learned a lot from my students and really enjoyed giving them feedback while encouraging them in their own teaching careers. Working with other professors increased my understanding of this role. While I was teaching Technology to Enhance Learning, the course was revamped and updated. I was able to contribute to this process, provide feedback, and participate in its evaluation.
Course Date Role Notes
4467 (01) Technology to Enhance Learning 2019 Spring Instructor ** This class was for teachers learning to use technology in their classrooms.
4467 (02) Technology to Enhance Learning 2019 Spring Instructor
4467 Technology to Enhance Learning 2019 Fall Instructor
4467 Technology to Enhance Learning 2019 Spring Instructor
7301 Introduction to Information Technology 2017 Fall Teaching Assistant with Professor Erdelez
7305 Foundations of Library and Information Science 2017 Fall Teaching Assistant with Professor Gibson
9417 Technology Action Research 2017 Spring Teaching Assistant with Professor Strobel
Each of these projects gave me experience with different aspects of information science. Supporting the digital humanities made me realize the contribution that computational techniques can bring to the study of our cultural heritage. The Greek Key virtual research environment introduced me to text analysis. Working on the metadata project for the California Digital Library informed me about the complexities of metadata across disciplines. I learned that system development must be a carefully thought out process that considers many aspects and changes when necessary.
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Participating in the information science community added a new dimension to my PhD experience. Generating reviews for the iConferences allowed me to be discerning about the necessary criteria for scholarly publishing. I think that the most formative encounters I had were with my fellow cohorts at LEADS-4-NDP, a group brought together to share knowledge and interest of LIS education and data science. Through their projects and my own project at the California Digital Library, I was able to see opportunities that I was previously unaware of.