Library faculty recognized at Celebration of Teaching Excellence

Maoria Kirker and Wendy Mann were recognized at the 2021 Celebration of Teaching Excellence today, an annual event hosted by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at Mason.

Maoria Kirker, Lead of the Teaching & Learning Team at the Libraries and adjunct faculty with the Honors College, received the Adjunct Teacher of Distinction Award. Teacher of Distinction commendations are awarded based on an instructor’s teaching innovation and excellence, commitment to their students, and mentorship activities, among other qualities. To read more about Maoria’s accomplishments and recognition from her students and colleagues, click here for an article written by Mariam Qureshi, Honors College Writing and Reporting Intern (and one of Maoria’s students).

Wendy Mann, Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, received the Distinguished Library Faculty Award. The Distinguished Library Faculty Award is awarded to a library faculty member in recognition of their professional accomplishments, embodiment of the Libraries’ organizational values, and support of the Mason scholarly community. To read more about Wendy’s accomplishments and recognition from her peers, click here for the Libraries’ announcement.

Mann to receive 2021 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Wendy Mann, Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, has been selected to receive the 2021 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. With this award, she is recognized for her professional accomplishments, her embodiment of the Libraries’ organizational values, and her tremendous support of the Mason scholarly community.

Mann received enthusiastic endorsements from her Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) colleagues, library and instructional faculty colleagues, and professional colleagues from external organizations – demonstrating her remarkable career and wide impact at Mason and beyond. All agreed that she has distinguished herself through her commitment to her role and her breadth of involvement within the Mason Libraries, around the university, and throughout the region.

Wendy’s contributions in the envisioning and implementation of the DiSC program at Mason, itself a leading development among academic research libraries, is a perfect demonstration of her innovation, collaboration, and leadership. In large measure, it is to her credit that DiSC has evolved into a multidisciplinary digital research hub that has quickly become the “go-to resource” for both student and faculty data support needs.

As one colleague wrote, “Through her knowledge of digital scholarship, and together with the team she has cultivated, Wendy has forged new relationships for the Libraries throughout the University, solidifying the Libraries as an essential partner in research and teaching. Deservedly respected by students, departmental faculty, university administrators, and library colleagues within and beyond Mason, Wendy embodies the qualities the Distinguished Library Faculty Award celebrates.”

The award will be presented officially at Mason’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence ceremony, hosted by The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning. The Center is working on plans for an updated recognition ceremony for all award winners, either in-person or online, for some time in April 2021. Please join us in congratulating Wendy!