METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Navigating a Successful Tenure Process - NYC Librarians Discuss

Speaker C. Fuchs, M. A. Polger, S. Walker, P. Thistlethwaite, K. Frazier, M. Spiegelman, & R. Humes
Caroline Fuchs is Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian at St. John’s University, New York. She holds an M.A. in English and an M.A. in History from CUNY and an MLS from St. John’s University. She is the Immediate Past President of ACRL/NY and serves as the co-chair the First Year ...

Caroline Fuchs is Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian at St. John’s University, New York. She holds an M.A. in English and an M.A. in History from CUNY and an MLS from St. John’s University. She is the Immediate Past President of ACRL/NY and serves as the co-chair the First Year Experience Discussion Group and a member of the Symposium Planning Committee. She is also the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of ACRL Chapter’s Council, the co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. Caroline is the co-convener of METRO’s Digital Humanities Plus SIG and the Advocacy SIG. She is one of the editors of The Global Librarian, a joint publication of METRO and ACRL/NY. At St. John’s University, she has been awarded the Vincentian Research Fellowship (2012 and 2013), the Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Fellowship (2011-2012), and is a Senior Teaching and Technology Fellow through the Center for Teaching and Learning. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Italian Cultural Center.

Mark Aaron Polger is the First Year Experience Librarian at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.  He is also an adjunct instructor at ASA College where he teaches semester-long Information Literacy and Freshmen Skills courses. He has served on the executive board and the Symposium planning committee of ACRL/NY since 2010.  His research interests focus on library marketing and outreach, library jargon, library signage, and user experience research. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Concordia University, an M.L.I.S. from Western University, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University.  When he is not working, his hobbies include singing, graphic design, web design, running, and cycling.  Originally from Montreal, Canada, he moved to New York City in 2008.

Prof. Stephanie Walker is the Chief Librarian & Executive Director of Academic Information Technology at Brooklyn College.  She has held management positions in academic libraries and/or IT since 1997, at both major research institutions and small colleges.  Currently, she is a tenured full professor.  She has gone through the tenure process at 3 separate institutions herself, and has devised and/or participated in numerous mentoring and professional development programs to help others navigate the tenure process successfully themselves.  

Prof. Polly Thistlethwaite is Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center. She joined the Graduate Center’s library faculty in 2002 as the Associate Librarian for Public Services. Before that, she served in libraries at Colorado State University, Hunter College, New York University, and Yale University; she has also held positions with the CUNY Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the Alternative Press index, and several local and national library organizations.

Katrina Frazier is an Associate Professor and Cataloging Librarian at the A. Holly Patterson Library, Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. She has been serving as the Unit Head of the Library’s Cataloging Division since 2007. She is an active member of departmental, college-wide and professional committees. Katrina is the current Chair of both the Library’s Collection Development Committee and the Grants Committee of the Academic Senate at Nassau Community College. She currently serves in the capacity as METRO Liaison and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the SUNY Librarians Association. She has also served as President and Treasurer of ACRL/NY Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter.  In addition, she is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Katrina holds a BA in Psychology from Hofstra University and an MLS from CW Post, Long Island University.

Marsha Spiegelman, Professor in the Library Department at Nassau Community College, is a reference and instruction librarian. She is the Secretary of the department’s Personnel and Budget Committee as well as the Springshare Administrator. Marsha is a past chair and long-standing representative to the College-Wide Curriculum Committee as well as a participant on the Educational Resources and Distinguished Professor Committees at NCC.  She is also a member of the NCC Faculty Consortium on Integrated Disciplinary Education for Academic Scholarship (IDEAS).   A member of ALA, ACRL, ACRLNY  and SUNYLA, Marsha is a past president and former member the ACRLNY Executive Board.  She has presented at local, state and national conferences and authored several articles on information literacy.

Rosanne Humes, Associate Professor, has been the Serials Librarian at Nassau Community College Library since September 2002. Over the years at the NCC campus she has belonged to various campus committees such as: Grants, Educational Resources, Student Activities, and Academic Standing. In the Library Department, she presently serves as chair to the Access Services Committee and co-chairs the Assessment Committee. Locally, she has been a member of LILRCs Resource Sharing Committee since 2007. As a member of ACRL/NY since 2002 she has served as: Newsletter Editor; Symposium member & Chair; and President. On the State level, Rosanne has been a member of SUNYLA (State University of New York Librarians Association) since 2003, and has also served in different positions: conference planning; membership committee; NCC Delegate; 1st Vice President and President. Rosanne is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship, was awarded an ALA grant entitled “Muslim Journeys,” and was also awarded a sabbatical for spring 2014 to create an ERMS (electronic resource management system) for the NCC Library. She has been through both the tenure process and the promotion process, and can now look back on both without crying.

Full Description

The road to tenure is a long and arduous one for any academic, but with careful planning, you can ensure a successful journey! Join us for a panel discussion with librarians from colleges public and private, large and small, to hear about the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of applying for (and receiving) tenure. We will hear about the requirements for applying for tenure, how to assemble your file, working with your tenure committee, and managing your stress throughout the process.

Session Agenda:

11:00 am - 11:15 am
Session Introduction

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Panel I: Rules of the Road: The Tenure Process Within NYC Institutions

  • Polly Thistlethwaite, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Caroline Fuchs, St. John's University
  • Rosanne Humes, Nassau Community College

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Panel II: Getting from A to Tenure: Advice on Research, Publishing, Service, and More

  • Stephanie Walker, Brooklyn College
  • Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island
  • Katrina Frazier, Nassau Community College

Who should attend:
Academic librarians working through the tenure process, or academic librarians who plan to engage with the tenure process in the future.

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the ins and outs of the tenure process at different types of schools
  • Prepare materials for their school's tenure process
  • Prepare a long-range plan for approaching the tenure process


Questions about registration or cancellation?  Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures. 

Organizer This event is co-sponsored by METRO & ACRL/NY


Mon, Mar. 3, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. US/Eastern

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