Relevant Experience

Research and Instruction | Leadership | Community Engagement


Research and Instruction

Research Assistant, 2014 – present 
Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Create documentation and metadata for the University of Illinois’ Coursera clickstream, SQL, and survey data — including metadata for computer programs used to transform raw data into analysis files ensuring replicable procedures.  Clean and analyze incoming new data — including transforming data from SQL to SPSS format for analysis. Assist with research questions, analysis and visualization of Coursera data.

Tweet Analyst, 2014
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Analyzed the results of a Twitter-based search engine as part of an information retrieval research project.

Research Assistant, 2014
Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Searched for and compiled employer demand and higher education trend information, conducted survey research, analyzed quantitative and qualitative data, and produced easily consumable reports. Retrieved market research and data from the Education Advisory Board, Burning Glass Labor/Insight, Google Analytics and other databases.

Teaching Assistant, 2013  
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Supported instructor of record for an online (LEEP) section of LIS 501, Information Organization and Access, a required course of the Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree, including weekly grading of short student papers.

Technology Specialist Graduate Assistant, 2011 – 2013  
Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Provided reference assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, annotated and weeded reference collection, and created and maintained library’s presence, including multiple web sites, LibGuides, blog, and Facebook page.

Writing Consultant, 2006 – 2009
Teaching and Learning Center
University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma, WA

  • Consulted with students from diverse backgrounds and all academic disciplines to improve their writing skills and process, updated policy and operations manual, developed handouts, served on Search Committee for new Writing Coordinator.

Research Assistant, 2007
Urban Studies Department
University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma, WA

  • Transcribed extensive video-recorded interviews with World War II-era Tacoma residents of Japanese descent and double-checked transcriptions of fellow transcriber against recordings to confirm accuracy.

Volunteer Researcher, 2004
Asia Pacific Cultural Center 
Tacoma, WA

  • Conducted demographic research on Asian and Pacific Islander populations in Washington State using U.S. Census Department databases and reports, summarized results in spreadsheets and text form, and uploaded resulting research reports and tables to Cultural Center’s web site.

Leadership Experience

Vice President, 2012 – 2013
American Library Association Student Chapter
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Assumed the duties of the President in the President’s absence, directed and oversaw the annual creation of the ALA Student Chapter of the Year application during Spring Term, 2013, and designed and implemented a survey of ALA Student Chapter membership, eliciting over 50 responses.

Co-Website Maintenance and Publicity Officer, 2011 – 2012
American Library Association Student Chapter
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Publicized the activities of the Student Chapter online, including updating the GSLIS calendar and the Student Committee’s Facebook, Twitter, and Moodle (Course Management Software) accounts with current and upcoming activities, and contributed to the annual creation of the ALA Student Chapter of the Year application during Spring Term, 2012.

International Exchange Coordinator, 2010 – 2011
Education First Foundation for Foreign Study
Cambridge, MA

  • Served as local exchange coordinator for Tacoma, Washington and the surrounding region, by recruiting and screening host families, matching exchange students with families, coordinating with local school administrators, and overseeing matches.

Crew Leader Assistant, 2010 – 2011
U. S. Census Bureau
2010 Decennial Census (Census Coverage Measurement Person Interview, Census Coverage Measurement Person Followup)
Pierce County, WA

  • Assisted Crew Leader with classroom training of Enumerators, including teaching use of Census Bureau-issued laptops and specialized computer programs, field observation of Enumerator interviews, editing of completed interview questionnaires, and regular meetings with Enumerators, as well as completing interviews with respondents as needed, including following up on difficult cases passed up from Enumerators.

Enumerator,  2010
U. S. Census Bureau
2010 Decennial Census (Nonresponse Followup, Nonresponse Followup Vacant Delete Check)
Pierce County, WA

  • Completed more than two hundred Census interviews under tight deadlines over a five month period, convincing dozens of reluctant and/or hostile respondents to answer questions, finishing assigned work quickly enough to be assigned additional interviews during both Nonresponse Followup and Nonresponse Followup Vacant Delete Check operations.

Community Engagement

Volunteer ConvoPartner, 2011 – 2014  
Intensive English Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Meet regularly with assigned Intensive English Institute students to speak for a minimum of one hour in English in order to provide conversation practice and cultural exchange.

Technological Support Volunteer, 2008 – 2011
Tacoma Historical Society
Tacoma, WA

  • Assisted society’s President with technological aspects of producing reports, minutes, and other publications as needed, including running bid-processing software for two annual society auctions, designing certificates for ceremonies, and photographing major events.

Big Sister – Mentor, 2006 – 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound 
Tacoma, WA

  • Served for five years as a community-based Big Sister to a young woman beginning when she was 13 and ending when she graduated from the program at age 18.

Volunteer (Hospitality Committee Member), 2004-2009
Tacoma Philharmonic
Tacoma WA

  • Assisted with planning and successful execution of 3-4 receptions per year for donors after Tacoma Philharmonic concerts.

Board Member, 2005 – 2006
Annie Wright School Alumni Board 
Tacoma, WA

  • Supported Alumni Board activities including Senior Dinner, the Puget Sound Area Alumni Reunion, May Day/Alumni Reunion Weekend, and the annual Annie Wright Schools auction.
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