Research & Teaching Fellowship
The University of Maryland Libraries Research and Teaching Fellowship prepares MLIS graduate students to enter into a competitive academic job market. The scaffolded training program equips Fellows with the skills and experience to perform entry-level public services functions including: information literacy instruction, research assistance, program assessment, and peer training. The Fellowship goes beyond basic job responsibilities to prepare Fellows to step into faculty roles by providing funding and support for professional development, including presentations, posters, and conferences; engaging in discussions about current literature with academic librarians through a monthly journal club; and the opportunity to lead a small scale research and assessment project of their choosing. Finally, it supports Fellows through their job search processes by providing career readiness workshops, mentorship, and a supportive community of practice.
This competitive program is open annually to five MLIS students. 100% of alums have gone on to receive job offers from prestigious academic and research institutions. For more information, meet our current and past fellows.
Applications for the 2020 cohort are closed. Check back in October 2019 for our next application phase!
The fellowship is a three-semester teaching and training program. Students with degree paths longer than a traditional two-year program (such as HiLS students) should strategically plan when they apply for the Fellowship. Fellows work at an average of 5 hours per week during the academic year and are compensated at $15 p/hour. Applications open mid-October, with interviews taking place at the end of the fall semester. Fellows begin the following spring, during their second semester in the MLIS program. The first semester focuses on developing teaching and research skills, the second seeks to strengthen efficacy as instructors through independent teaching, and the third centers on peer training, research, and assessment.
First Semester (Spring): Fellows participate in a structured curriculum. Each week, Fellows complete a set of readings and reflections through an online Canvas course. Fellows meet in-person for a weekly office hour and participate in community events such as workshops and monthly journal clubs. Fellows participate in research-assistance training, complete 1 to 2 hours of patron support at the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Library (STEM Library) per week, and observe three graduate student and librarian-led instruction sessions. By mid- February, junior fellows begin co-teaching information literacy instruction sessions with senior Fellows. By the end of the semester, junior Fellows independently lead at least one instruction session.
Second Semester (Fall): Fellows develop teaching efficacy by independently leading 18 to 22 information literacy sessions for first-year students. Fellows continue to provide 1 to 2 hours of patron support at the STEM Library and meet in-person for their weekly office hour. Fellows co-lead monthly journal clubs open to all public services faculty and staff, providing fellows and professional librarians the opportunity to stay up to date with current trends and initiatives in the profession. Fellows receive mentorship from librarians including teaching observations and attend workshops/webinars on the academic job search, cover letters, CV preparation, and the interview process.
Third Semester (Spring): The final semester of the Fellowship consists of a 120-hour field-study. 60% (70 hours) includes training junior Fellows, leading information literacy sessions for first-year students, and providing 1 to 2 hours of reference assistance per week. The other 40% (50 hours) centers around a Teaching as Research Project, in which Fellows work with a librarian to design and lead an information literacy session for a subject-specific course, incorporating elements of assessment and reflection. After completing an IRB, Fellows have opportunities to share the findings of this research with their peers at the iSchool’s Experiential Learning Expo and their colleagues in the UMD Libraries at the Library Research & Innovative Practice Forum. Throughout the semester, senior Fellows receive mentorship and support for the job search.
During their first two semesters, Research and Teaching Fellows work an average of 5 hours per week $15/hour. These hours may fluctuate throughout the semester based on instructional needs and availability. Fellows do not typically work during the summer, although special projects can be arranged.
During their third-semester field study, Fellows work an average of 10 hours per week. While all of these hours count towards course credit for the field study, 5 hours per week will be compensated at $15/hour.
Applications for the 2020 cohort closed. Check back in October 2019 for our next round of applications.
Successful applications will include the following:
- Current CV or Resume
- Complete Online Application
MLIS students in good standing are encouraged to apply. Applicants with an interest in academic librarianship and those with an assistantship on campus will be given special consideration. Applicants are encouraged to contact Rachel Gammons, Lindsay Inge, or Suzy Wilson with any questions regarding the Fellowship.
Fellows agree to abide by the Teaching & Learning Instructor Policies.
iSchool Courses: The Fellowship will be designed to complement the skills and theories introduced to students within the iSchool curriculum. Fellows are encouraged to enroll in the following courses, as available:
- INST 614 - Information Literacy, Inclusion, and the Public Good
- LBSC 702 - User Instruction
- LBSC 734 - Seminar in the Academic Library
Board of Directors
Rachel W. Gammons
Head of Teaching and Learning Services, UMD Libraries
4100C McKeldin Library, 7649 Library Lane, College Park, MD 20742
(301)405-9120 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel is a teaching librarian at UMD Libraries. She coordinates first year programming and leads teaching efforts across the Libraries. Rachel loves working with graduate students because they make her feel old and wise. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy, mentoring for new professionals, and intersections between librarianship and student affairs. She likes talking about power structures and gender performance, but not in a boring way. She can be reached at email@example.com or on twitter @rwgammons.
Lindsay Inge Carpenter
4100A McKeldin Library, 7649 Library Lane, College Park, MD 20742
Lindsay is the First Year Experience Librarian at UMD Libraries, where she leads information literacy instruction sessions for first-year students. Lindsay loves learning alongside the Fellows and talking about everything libraries with them. Her research interests include information literacy, feminist and critical pedagogy, and diversity and inclusion in academic libraries. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzy is the Teaching & Learning Librarian at UMD Libraries and an alumna of the Research & Teaching Fellowship. She works closely with the fellows and manages the first-year library instruction program for UMD's Academic Writing Program (ENGL 101). Her research interests include critical and evidence-based pedagogy and how information professionals engage with LIS education and support new professionals. You can reach her at email@example.com.