Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work
Instructor: Annie Downey
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Academia is a world all its own. Understanding how it works is one of the most important things academic librarians need to know to be successful. This course will focus on the structural aspects of higher education that make it unique and can be challenging for librarians new to academia to learn quickly on the job. Participants will gain a broad understanding of academic culture, including governance structures and the roles and responsibilities of faculty and administrators. You will learn about issues important to administrators, such as retention, accreditation, and funding; and issues important to faculty, such as tenure, research, and shared governance; and how these can sometimes create tension within organizations. You will learn about the structure of faculty work and begin to develop ideas on how you can integrate your work as a librarian effectively into the teaching and research cycle. We will look at some of the broad disciplinary differences at play and how these show up in how students and faculty use the library. All aspects of the course will be geared towards helping you use your new knowledge of how higher education is organized and functions to communicate effectively with faculty, administrators, and staff.
Annie Downey currently serves as the Director of Research Services at the Reed College Library, in Portland OR. She completed her PhD in Higher Education at UNT, where the focus of her research was critical information literacy. She has written and presented on information literacy, K-20 library instruction, active teaching techniques, assessment, and academic library administration, and is the author of the recent Library Juice Press publication, Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas. Interview with Annie Downey
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.