Digital Librarian and Archivist January 2014 – Present
D.W. Reynolds Library and Technology Center
Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR 72202
Manages the Archives program, including the acquisition, appraisal, and administration of permanent materials in any format relating to the College and its activities, policies, students and personnel. Provide reference service and outreach to the campus and general public. Works with researchers and processes research requests. Creates inventories, rehouses, and catalogues unprocessed collections. Creates finding aids for collections. Monitors the environmental conditions of exhibits and archives storage room. Digitizes documents and photographs from special collections and oversees digital workflows. Helps with library tours and classroom use of Archives Reading Room. Promotes the use and understanding of the collections to researchers, students, and alumni. Assists in of reports and preparing grant applications. Acts as liaison to assigned academic departments. Assists in developing written policy statements and procedural guidelines for the collections. Supervises student workers and volunteers.
National Student Director November 2011-January 2014
American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, GA 30329
Provide leadership on initiatives for over 3,000 student members in the American Academy of Religion (AAR), a national learned society for scholars of religion. Implemented new organizational structure and leadership changes to achieve strategic goals for growth, effectiveness and relevancy of all student member services. Develop, coordinate, and assess student programming for AAR annual meeting (15 workshops and 5 seminars). Created, promoted and implemented the first annual graduate student Leadership Development Series. Provide administrative oversight for ten regional student directors. Collaborate with 11 board members to address issues of organizational governance, professional development, academic workforce trends, information technology migration, and collaborative special projects. Prepare annual reports and budgets. Prepare and disseminate electronic communications between student members, board members, the Executive Director, staff, and members at large. Oversee social media presence for students. Plan and execute New Member Orientation.
Guest Instructor September 2009- May 2011
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Chicago, IL 66502
Planned and facilitated discussion sections; Course preparations; Assisted and provided bibliographic guidance for students. Courses: Future of Creation: Foundations for a Just and Sustainable World, Advanced Religion and Science Seminar, Introduction to Social Ethics. Assisted faculty in planning and coordinating campus-wide environmental initiative “Earth Year”, including handling logistics for keynote speaker.
International Student Writing Partner January 2008 – December 2008
Language Resource and Writing Center, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Chicago, IL, 60615
Provided formative writing assessments and recommendations of international graduate students; maintained relations with library, campus offices, and associated programs; assisted in managing the scheduling of individual Writing Center conferences. Observed and provided feedback on Writing Center conferences. Peer mentor and advocate for international graduate students.
Graduate Research Assistant September 2006-May 2007
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Chicago, IL, 60615
Assisted in research related to African American religions, Black and Womanist religious thought, and Feminist religious studies; Conducted library and internet research; Edited materials for review and publication for style, grammar, and argument. Corresponded with contributors about their chapter contributions slated for an anthology on dialogue between black and process theologies.
Alumni Relations, Membership Database Coordinator August 2003 – November 2004
Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA 30314
Developed and maintained the school’s website; Researched and identified potential alumni leadership; and actively engage in fundraising initiatives. Coordinated alumni events held in Atlanta, GA area and volunteer recruitment. Served as key point of contact to donors, responding to inquiries and requests in a timely manner. Updated and maintained alumni membership database using Microsoft Excel. Created, edited and published web media (audio, video, photography) to provide a highly interactive experience for website visitors. Researched and implemented new and emerging media to enhance the school’s web presence. Reviewed and optimized website content and coding.
Library Technical Assistant April 1999-April 2001
Kansas City, Missouri Public Library. Kansas City, MO 64105
Assisted library patrons by providing basic reference, readers’ advisory, community referral and interlibrary loan service. Instructed patrons in the use of library resources including computer equipment. Recommended and retrieved materials in support of library patron requests. Provided circulation services and assisted in collection maintenance.
2015 – present
PhD Candidate, Theology and Religious Studies
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Religion and Science emphasis
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Master of Theology
Religion and Science emphasis
Interdenominational Theological Center
Master of Divinity
University of Missouri at Columbia
Master of Arts
Library and Information Science
Kansas State University
Bachelor of Science
Major: Physical Science