Academic Services Associate
Primary Responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services
Higgins, Mary, Ph.D.
Practicum and Internship Coordinator
Dr. Mary Higgins earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Messiah College, her M.Ed. in Instructional Accommodations from Francis Marion University, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Higgins started her teaching career as a third-grade teacher in South Carolina and transitioned into an instructional coaching role. During her doctoral studies, she conducted research, co-taught elementary education courses, and supervised student teachers in the nationally recognized Penn State-State College Area School District Professional Development School. After completing her doctoral work, she joined the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs as a senior professional research assistant, inclusion coach, and adjunct instructor. Most recently, she served as an assistant principal at a public K-8 charter school in Aurora, Colorado. With her interest in creating sustainable and socially-just community partnerships, Dr. Higgins hopes to continue growing her leadership and service as a member of the MCE community.
Academic Services Associate
Dana is a Colorado native. She is the mother of two young boys and a mini Maltese. Dana enjoys traveling and going on leisurely hikes with her fiancé and family. She is currently studying Communications. "It has been a pleasure to work at DU because of the inviting community and rewarding work."
Acadia, Spencer, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Spencer Acadia holds a PhD in sociology, as well as an MA in psychology and an MLS. Spencer has ten years of experience working in academic libraries and is an elected officer in the Knowledge Management Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Spencer wrote for and edited the books Libraries that Learn: Keys to Managing Organizational Knowledge (American Library Association, 2019) and Library and Information Studies for Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities (Routledge, 2020). Spencer’s ongoing research interests include dysfunction in the library workplace and LIS in, for, and about the Arctic. Spencer’s primary teaching interests are research methods, international LIS studies, collection development and management, and social/behavioral aspects of LIS. Learn more about Spencer’s work at: http://portfolio.du.edu/spencer.acadia/ and https://www.spenceracadia.com. Spencer enjoys spending hours listening to 80s, new wave, and synth/electronic music and is an admirer of geometric and abstract art.
Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D.
Dr. Assefa received his PhD in information science from the University of North Texas. His research focuses on diffusion of knowledge and innovation, knowledge production, and data for development - all in the context of Africa, as well as information systems success, health informatics and learning technologies. His current research investigates the role of big data and data use to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 – i.e. – healthcare and well-being, taking Africa as a case. Dr. Assefa developed and taught numerous graduate level courses in the area of information science and technology, including information science, data mining, data visualization, database management system, information architecture, library and information technology, web content management, usability, user-centered design, information retrieval, information seeking behavior, teaching and learning with technology. For more details, please visit his Portfolio Page or personal website.
Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.
Dr. Cutforth received his PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has been conducting research with schools and community-based organizations for over 15 years. His research and teaching interests include school health and physical activity environments, qualitative research, physical activity and youth development, university/community partnerships, and community-based research. His current research involves school-based intervention studies related to physical activity and healthy eating among K-12 students in the San Luis Valley in rural Colorado. His hobbies are running, biking, and swimming.
Dali, Keren, Ph.D.
Dr. Keren Dali received her MISt and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada. Her primary research interests are community engagement in libraries; diversity and inclusion at the workplace; relationships between LIS and Social Work; disabilities; LIS education with the focus on humanistic pedagogies; and reading practices of adults. With the background in Social Work and LIS, Dr. Dali holds the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; the inaugural Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults; the Outstanding Reviewer distinction and the Outstanding and Highly Commended Paper distinctions from the Emerald publisher; and the David Cohen/ EMIERT Multicultural Award 2018 from the American Library Association. Her work has been funded by the grants from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada and the American Library Association, among others. She is active in LIS scholarly and professional associations, including ALISE, IFLA, and ASIS&t. Dr. Dali serves as Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion and as an editorial board member of The Library Quarterly, Journal of Education for Library & Information Science, and Journal of Librarianship & Information Science.
Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D.
Dr. Matusiak received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to the Morgridge College of Education, she worked as academic librarian for 12 years in public services and digitization. Dr. Matusiak also served as a digitization consultant for projects funded by the Endangered Archive Programme at the British Library and assisted digital library projects at the Press Institute of Mongolia in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem. Dr. Matusiak has strong interest in international librarianship and serves as an officer of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Standing Committee. Together with Dr. Tammaro, she coordinated an IFLA research project on the roles and responsibilities of data curators. Her research interests include digital library development and evaluation, digitization of cultural heritage materials, digital curation, visual information, and information seeking behavior. Her book, Digital Libraries: Research and Practice, co-authored with Dr. Iris Xie was published in 2016. She enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
Organisciak, Peter, Ph.D.
Peter's research focuses on massive-scale text analysis, information retrieval, and data issues in crowdsourcing. He currently develops computational methods for extracting meaning from text at scales too large for a person to read. Dr. Organisciak holds a PhD in Library and Information Science (UIUC) and an MA in Humanities Computing-Library and Information Studies (Alberta). Most recently, he has focused on scholarly access to millions of digitized books at the HathiTrust Research Center. His work has received paper awards from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and won a joint Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Peter leads the Massive Texts Lab, which applies computational methods to the study of large text collections. Find out more on Peter's Portfolio Page.
LIS Affiliated Faculty
Karl Pettitt received his MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has served on numerous national committees through ALA including the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Subject Analysis Committee and the Library History Round Table Executive Committee. His research has focused on the education of librarians, assessment strategies for cataloging departments, culturally sensitive classification and controlled vocabularies, and the history of libraries. His publications include a chapter in the edited volume Re-Envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education as well as a chapter in the edited volume Assessment Strategies in Technical Services. He co-wrote with his fellow committee members the Report of the SAC Working Group on Alternatives to LCSH “Illegal aliens”. Karl serves as the Coordinator of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University Libraries here at the University of Denver. He previously served as the Technical Services Librarian for the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library at Northern Illinois University and the Catalog Librarian at Buswell Memorial Library at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D.
Dr. Stansbury received her Ph.D. from Texas Women’s University. She is the principal investigator of "Early Childhood Librarianship: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential MLIS" funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Co-principal investigator of WebWise 2010 and 2011, funded through IMLS. Dr. Stansbury is co-chair of Colorado Library Development Council and served as co-chair of the Association of Library & Information Science Educators 2011 Conference. Her research interests include information policy, digital divide, health information seeking behaviors, and LIS education. Dr. Stansbury enjoys reading, art museums, and being with her family.
Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.
Dr. Zhang received her PhD from Texas A&M. With her extensive experiences in both applied statistics and child development, Dr. Zhang has been actively involved in research studies funded at different levels in early development and children’s psychological well-beings. Being a big fan of adopting instructional technology in statistics education, Dr. Zhang has been working closely with DU’s Office of Teaching and Learning, and other statistics faculty across the campus. Her research interests are focused on two areas: first methodological area in multilevel modeling using Structural Equation Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling, and second substantive area in parenting practice and school readiness in early childhood. Dr. Zhang enjoys cooking for family and friends, Alpine skiing, and hiking in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.