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Alumni Reflections: Teaching

“Teaching cannot really be learned in a class--you have to learn by doing, by trying different things (and sometimes failing), and by figuring out your own style and approach. The Fellowship gave me an opportunity to do all of these things in an environment where it was okay to fail, and where we were able to reflect on our experiences, get feedback from others, and connect our experiences in the classroom with the scholarly literature on instruction and pedagogy.” - 2016 Fellow

“The greatest support has been the emphasis on reflective practice. Each week of teaching, I reflect on what went well, what could change, and areas for improvement. Reflective practice includes receiving feedback from regular observations by supervisors and other fellows. Hearing their feedback on my strengths and ways I can improve. Looking back on my two years in the fellowship, reading each semester's reflections and observation notes, I can see how much I've grown as a teacher.” - 2017 Fellow


Meet the Fellows

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2017 Cohort

Kelly Banyas

Kelly was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library 2016-2017 and a graduate assistant at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Library at the University of Maryland. She now works as a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. 


​Caitlin Carter

Caitlin was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library 2016-2017 and a graduate assistant for Collection Management/DRUM at McKeldin Library. She currently works as the Research & Scholarly Communications Library at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.


Nancy Lovas

Nancy Lovas was a Research & Teaching Fellow at McKeldin Library 2016-2017 and a graduate assistant in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. She currently holds a position as a Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. 


Cathy Meals

Cathy Meals is an MLS student, a Library Associate at the DC Public Library, and a Research and Teaching Fellow. Before beginning her MLS studies, she was a researcher in the labor movement for nearly 10 years, supporting strategic organizing campaigns for economic justice in the healthcare and retail industries. She is also a member of the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund.