Robert Miller - 2011 FAC Representative


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Position: Librarian
E-mail: rmmiller@umuc.edu 
Division: UMUC Adelphi
Category: Collegiate
Program: Information and Library Services

Autobiography

I have served UMUC as a Reference and Instruction Librarian since 2005. My duties include helping students with their research assignments, designing and conducting online and on-site library instruction sessions for various classes and serving as the library's liaison to two departments in The Undergraduate School: SCIP (sciences) and CFSS (Student Success).

I am also an adjunct instructor for UMUC, teaching the required undergraduate research skills course, LIBS 150.

Before coming to UMUC, I have held jobs in public, academic and special libraries. My degrees are as follows:

  • MLS, Library Services, Rutgers University
  • MA, English, Rutgers University
  • BA, English, Rutgers University
  • AAS, Data Processing Technology, Burlington County College, NJ

I have published articles in the DE Oracle, American Libraries and College & Research Libraries News, as well as book reviews in the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter. I have presented on information literacy and library instruction at the UMUC Annual Writing Conference, at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s College and Research Division and at the Eastern Psychological Association.

My wife and I live in Maryland. We have one daughter. My hobbies include chess: I am a rated master and have volunteered time giving chess lessons to children and to seniors.

Nomination Essay

FAC represents the interests of faculty within the UMUC community. I believe that furthering faculty interests goes hand in hand with creating the best possible learning environment for our students. As part of FAC, I would be able to help faculty achieve goals that would in turn lead to student success and increase retention rates.

As a librarian, I have faculty status at UMUC, and I provide information literacy instruction in a wide range of classes. I also serve UMUC as an adjunct instructor, teaching the required undergraduate research skills course, LIBS 150. As a librarian and as an adjunct instructor, I am interested in issues such as class size, WebTycho enhancements, course design and so on.

I believe that my dual positions—as a full-time UMUC employee with faculty status, and as an adjunct instructor—give me insight into issues facing FAC. A seat on FAC would enable me to serve the interests of UMUC faculty and the UMUC community as a whole.

Among issues I am most interested in are academic standards and remedial issues. I see these as bearing most directly on our students, and I believe that FAC and the University administration should hold student success as our primary goal.