GSLIS Faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball Receive Tenure

This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.

Lisa Hussey's research explores the barriers to diversifying the library and information science (LIS) field. An author of book chapters, book reviews, and peer-reviewed journal articles, Hussey has delivered about 30 presentations about diversity in the LIS profession and LIS students' experiences. Since 2008, she has taught of variety of GSLIS core and specialty classes, including LIS 404 Principles of Management, LIS 407 Reference/Information Services, LIS 401 Foundations of Library and Information Science, LIS 475 Organizational/Information Ethics, LIS 630 History, Concepts, and Research Opportunities, and LIS 492 Management Theory.

Hussey serves on a variety of committees, including GSLIS admissions, doctoral, faculty funds for research, panel on adjunct review and retention, ad hoc Foundations course, ad hoc Capstone course, as well as contributing to the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) Membership Advisory Committee.  She is also the Chair of the Juried Papers Committee for the ALISE 2015 conference. Additional details about Hussey's accomplishments can be found in the December 2012 issue of the GSLIS InfoLink.

As a specialist in children's and young adult literature, Melanie Kimball has authored, and contributed to, articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, book reviews, and publications, such as the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, as well as delivered more than 40 presentations. In total, she has secured about $300,000 in grant funding for a variety of projects throughout her academic career. Since 2009, Kimball has taught a variety of GSLIS courses including, LIS 401 Foundations in Library and Information Science, LIS 405 Special Topics in Children's Literature: Visual Rhetoric, Visual Literacy, and Graphic Novels, LIS 412 Library Programs & Services for Young Adults, LIS 415 Information Organization and Management, LIS 423 Storytelling, LIS 481 Children's Literature and Media Collections, LIS 482 Library Programs and Services to Children, and LIS 483 Young Adult Literature.

Kimball has served on a variety of committees, including the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) research and professional development committees, and chaired several award committees for the ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT).  In addition she served in multiple leadership positions on the Library History Round Table. She has been a peer reviewer or on the editorial board of at least 10 publications, including Children & Libraries, Library Quarterly, and Young Adult Library Services. She is the 2013-2014 President-Elect for the Simmons College Faculty Senate, Chair of GSLIS's Panel of Adjunct Review and Recommendations, and serves on the Simmons College Space Committee. She was also a judge for the ALISE 2013 Doctoral Student Poster Award.

GSLIS congratulates Hussey and Kimball on their well-deserved achievement.

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