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Thursday Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop

New Frontiers in Curriculum Mapping for Cohesive Instruction and Outreach Programs

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Stephanie Graves
Texas A&M University Libraries

Stephanie Graves is an Associate Professor and Director of Learning and Outreach at Texas A&M University Libraries. She has taught credit-hour information literacy courses, hundreds of information literacy sessions, and coordinates a robust outreach and instruction program. Her research explores the intersection of information literacy, pedagogy, user experience, reference, and emerging technologies. She is active in ALA and Reference and Users Services Association (RUSA).




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Sarah LeMire
Texas A&M University Libraries

Sarah LeMire is the First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. In this role, she coordinates instruction and outreach for over 12,000 first-year students. Her research focuses on information literacy instruction, assessment, and outreach to special populations, especially veterans. She was recognized as a member of ALA's 2015 class of Emerging Leaders and was a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Friday Morning Speaker

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Michelle "Mikki" Hebl
Rice University

Plenary Address: Gender and Race Gatekeepers
In this talk, Dr. Hebl will introduce the construct of subtle bias. Such biases are widespread but often emerge without our awareness. Furthermore, we are often immune to just how badly they can affect and infect our judgments, decisions, and other behaviors. Using active learning exercises, Dr. Hebl will make us aware of how we each have such biases, why we have them, and how we can best counteract against their negative effects. 

Mikki Hebl is a proud native of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, who graduated with her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. She joined the faculty at Rice University in 1998, was given the endowed title of the Radoslav Tsanoff Assistant Professorship in 2000, and is currently the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Jones School.

Mikki is an applied psychologist who research specifically focuses on workplace discrimination and barriers stigmatized individuals (e.g., women and ethnic minorities) face in social interactions, the hiring process, business settings, and the medical community. In addition, she addresses ways in which both individuals and organizations can remediate such discrimination and successfully manage diversity. She has published more than 125 journal articles, book chapters, and edited books. In 2014, she was honored with the Academy of Management's Sage Award for lifetime achievement in research advancing knowledge of gender and diversity in organizations.

Mikki is a strong advocate for gender issues. She has twice won the Rice University Women's Resource Center Impact Award for her commitment to research on gender and service to women in the community. In 2006, she was one of five co-PI's at Rice who received an NSF grant for over three and one-half million dollars to advance women in STEM fields on Rice University's campus. From 2010-2016, she has been funded on NIH grants to examine gender biases in letters of recommendation and successful mentoring relationships.

Mikki is also simply passionate about teaching. In her 19 years at Rice, she has been the recipient of 19 major teaching awards, and she has joined an elite few at Rice University who has been retired from winning further awards. In 2005, she was selected as the Commencement Speaker at Rice University's graduation ceremonies, which marked the first and only time a current faculty member was ever nominated and chosen by the students to give the address. This year, she was awarded Baylor University's $250,000 Cherry Teaching Award.

In her spare time, Mikki is an avid Green Bay Packer fan and completed her quest to run a marathon in every state in December of 2012. She also completed her quest to run a marathon on each continent in 2016. She and her husband, David, keep grounded with their two adult children, David and Chris, keep busy with their 13 year-old son, Jackson, 11 year-old daughter, Cecilia, and 9-year old, Caroline, and keep watch over their five step-grandchildren. Finally, she spent the spring 2016 semester with her family while teaching on a ship that circumnavigated the world.