Building Skills for Student Success: Pandemic Impacts and Strategies for the Future

Sponsored by Sage

Recorded on 05/24/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 321

In the final episode of this four-part series, our guests discuss the pandemic’s impact on library, faculty, and publisher approaches to student success and evolving strategies for the future. First, Ceceilia Parnther, assistant professor in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University, María Evelia Emerson, Student Success Librarian at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Amber Eakin, Instructional Librarian at Strayer University, underscore the import of accessible online learning by highlighting the flexibility of digital tools and the significance of building an online community. Next, Andrew Boney, executive editor in Sage’s Learning Resources Division, shares how the publisher has worked to meet students where they are by easing the authentication process and increasing resource discoverability. Finally, the guests examine “traditional” approaches to student success, and surface updated strategies like sustained collaboration between the library and faculty, functional and student-friendly texts from publishers, and recognition of the myriad learning styles and skills of today’s scholars.

About the guests:

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Ceceilia Parnther
Assistant Professor, Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership
St. John’s University

Dr. Ceceilia Parnther is an assistant professor in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University. In her work, Parnther develops and implements qualitatively dominate research designs to explore equity in higher education leadership and practice. Her research agenda centers culture and equity and includes mentorship, student success, academic integrity education, and knowledge acquisition/dissemination in higher education. Dr. Parnther’s career path as a scholar-practitioner includes roles in academic and student affairs; prior to her current position she served in leadership and teaching roles in higher education administration for 15 years. Additional recent scholarship can be found in the Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Higher Education, The Journal of College and Character, and Innovative Higher Education.

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María Evelia Emerson
Student Success Librarian
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

María Evelia Emerson is the Student Success Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her BA in Spanish and International Studies at Hope College, and her MLIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research grows out of her work at small colleges and now a Big 10 school on how academic libraries can support a sense of belonging in students.

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Amber Eakin
Instructional Librarian
Strayer University

Amber Eakin is the Instructional Librarian for Strayer University. She reinvigorated the library’s 100% virtual instruction strategy with inspiration from Malcolm’s assumptions of andragogy and Grow’s Staged Self-Directed Learning. After completing her Master of Science in Library Science in 2011, she earned a Master of Education in Adult Education and Development in 2018. She and her husband live in wild and wonderful West Virginia with their menagerie of pets.

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Andrew Boney
Executive Editor

Andrew Boney is an executive editor in Sage’s Learning Resources Division. He oversees a team of editors expanding Sage’s academic and professional skill resources (Student Success and Business Skills) and creating new digital library resources in business and management.

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We are pleased to announce that The Authority File won Best B2B Podcast at the 2023 Publisher Podcast Awards. The TAF team is thrilled to be honored with this award and extends congratulations to the fellow nominees.

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Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:

Check out our previous series with Sage:
– Understanding the Undergraduate Workflow
– Spotlighting Academic Library Innovation
– The Myth of the COVID-Transformed Workplace
– Preparing Diverse Students for Success in the Academic and Private Sectors
– Academic Librarianship in the Age of COVID

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