Research and Instruction


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

  • Support 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.
  • Grade weekly reading response assignments.
  • Facilitate online synchronous class discussion.
  • Moderate online discussion forums.
  • Assess student participation.

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. Helped with OPAC keyword and facet searches. Helped with database selection and keyword and facet searching.
  • Annotated new reference collection materials and weeded old reference collection materials.
  • Supervised Student Assistants during night and weekend shifts.
  • Maintained SSHEL website using OpenCMS and Dreamweaver, created and maintained LibGuides, maintained SSHEL blog using MovableType, updated SSHEL 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, helping them to clarify their own thoughts and polish their communication and paper-writing skills. Provided suggestions and guidance for additional research paths to follow. Consultations conducted in person, over the telephone, and online via email.
  • Collaborated with other writing consultants to help fill staff knowledge gaps and help train new consultants in Teaching and Learning Center policies, procedures, and pedagogy.
  • Revised Teaching and Learning Center policy and operations manual to comply with current best practices, pedagogy, and priorities.
  • Developed numerous research, writing process, and study skills handouts for student use in the Teaching and Learning Center and reformatted and updated existing handouts.
  • Selected to serve on Writing Coordinator search committee following departure of previous coordinator.
  • Assisted students in the University of Washington Tacoma’s Freshman Core program during the Core program’s first year of implementation.  Participated in new-student orientation activities and travelled to Core classrooms to give short lectures and help with peer review.
  • Promoted the Teaching and Learning Center at events including New Student Orientation, career fairs, and Taste of UWT events to increase awareness of available educational assistance within the student body.

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.
  • 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 research in spreadsheet and text form for use in Director’s presentations to the Cultural Center’s Board.
  • Uploaded resulting demographic research reports and tables to Cultural Center’s Web site.
  • Sent out mailings, created fliers and pamphlets, filed paperwork, and assisted with other tasks as needed.
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