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Establishing active faculty teaching and research profiles

Establishing Active Faculty Teaching and Research Profiles

Fu Zhuo, UMKC

Thomas Burns, UMKC

Scott Curtis, UMKC

Anne Allen, UMKC


  • This presentation will be a discussion of current research being done by librarians at the University of Missouri Kansas City in an effort to create useful profiles of liaison teaching faculty activities and interests.

  • Academic librarians need to assist faculty with teaching, research and publishing.

  • Liaisons need to have a lot of information about faculty needs involving their research, classes they teach and collections needs.

  • It is important to have a method to collect information in a systematic way to make this information available and useful.

  • One way to accomplish this is to create faculty profiles in a database of information about faculty to continually inform yourself about faculty needs.


  • Analyze university’s academic environment.

  • Determine the scope of data you needed to accumulate.

  • Find analyzable data.

  • Collect information in a usable format – Make it easy to review the profiles.

    • Use profiles to find opportunities to be involved with and support faculty members and their departments.

Literature review
Literature Review

  • The relationship between faculty and librarians is changing as information technology changes. (Ithaka 2013)

  • Survey liaison departments about their needs and create a database of information to use for faculty profiles.(Lewis 2002)

  • In developing a liaison program, librarians devised a systematic way of collecting faculty information. (Ferree2009)

  • Using data alone to make decisions about liaison programs is not sufficient. There is a need to directly ask faculty what they need. (Arendt 2012)

Sources of information
Sources of Information

  • Faculty and departmental web pages.

  • Course catalogs, new courses, schedules, curriculum and syllabus.

  • Reference transcripts, such as “Gimlet” at UMKC libraries.

  • Data about subject Libguides usage.

  • Citation analysis of faculty publications & create RSS feeds to find when faculty publications are cited.

  • Faculty professional associations.

  • Collections data - analyze collections needs, note in profiles.

  • One on one discussion with faculty& students.

  • Faculty Surveys, internal and public.

Sample profiles
Sample Profiles

  • Teaching

  • Research Interests

  • Presentations

  • Publications

  • Professional Associations

  • Awards & Grants

  • Accreditation


Faculty B (Dr. Kun Cheng)


Faculty A (Dr. Michael Wei)

EDCI 5543 English Grammar for ESOL Teachers

EDCI 5544 Theories and Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning

EDCI 5595 Action Research for Practitioners

  • PHAR 5634: Protein and Nucleic Acid Drug Delivery

  • PHAR 5531: Physical Pharmacy Equilibria

  • PHAR 5631: Pharmaceutical Formulation I

Research interests

Faculty B

Research Interests

Faculty A

Research interests include, but are not limited to, English phonetics, reading English as a second language, literacy, learning environment, learning English to native-like proficiency.

  • Development of nucleic acid therapies for cancer, liver disease, and islet transplantation

  • Development of targeted delivery systems for therapeutic macromolecules

  • Development of novel polymers for nucleic acid drug delivery

  • Identification of molecular ligands for specific cells

  • Development of anti-tumor prodrugs for improving target-ability and efficiency

  • Development of biocompatible hydrogels for stem cell research


Faculty B


Faculty A

Jiang, H., & Wei, M. (forthcoming). A study on faculty power in university governance in the U.S.: A case study. Higher Education Exploration, 11(6),

Wei, M., den Brok, P., & Zhou, Y. (2009). Teacher interpersonal behavior and student achievement in English as a foreign language classrooms in China. Learning Environments Research, 12(3), 157-174.

Wei, M., & Zhou, Y. (2007/2008). English stops after /s/ in initial position: Different perception. LARES: Lagos Review of English Studies, 16(1&2),1-16.

  • Wanyi Tai, Zhijin Chen, Kun Cheng (2012) Expression profile and functional activity of peptide transporters in prostate cancer cells. Molecular Pharmaceutics Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Kun Cheng, Ram I. Mahato. (2011) Biological and therapeutic applications of small RNAs. Pharmaceutical Research 28(12):2961-5

  • Ravi S. Shukla, Bin Qin, Kun Cheng. (2011) PCBP2 siRNA reverses the alcohol-induced pro-fibrogenic effect in hepatic stellate cells. Pharmaceutical Research 28(12):3058-68


Faculty B


Faculty A

Jiang, H., Wei, Y., & Zhou, Y. (2010, May 1). Faculty Roles in University Governance: A Comparison of Two Universities in China and the U.S. Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado.

Qian, Z., & Wei, M. (2010, March 26) International students’ motivations in English learning in the U.S. Presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Zhijin Chen, Wei Jin, Kun Cheng (2012) Identification of Peptide transporters in prostate cancer cells. 2012 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 14-17, Chicago

  • Bin Qin, Wanyi Tai, Kun Cheng (2011) Synthesis of a peptide-siRNA conjugate for targeted delivery to breast cancer cells. 2011 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 23-27, Washington DC

Professional associations

Faculty B

Professional Associations

Faculty A

American Association of University Professors 2008- Present

International Society for Language Studies 2005- Present

American Educational Research Association 2002- Present

  • Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society (The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy)

  • Controlled Release Society (CRS)

  • American Society of Gene Therapy (ASGT)

  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

Awards and grants

Faculty B

Awards and Grants

Faculty A

UMKC, FaCET Center, New Faculty Teaching Scholar 2007 – 2008

($499,700) SIOP Academy Professional Development Program (Co-PI, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, January 18, 2008 – September 30, 2008).

($499,688) SIOP Academy Professional Development Program (Co-PI, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, October 1, 2008- September 30, 2009).

  • 2013 Chancellor's Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching, UMKC

  • 2013 Trustees Faculty Scholar Award, UMKC

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH R21 $365,453 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2012

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH R01 AA021510-01 $1,689,320 09/15/2012 - 08/31/2017


  • Solicit curricula and keep records of class schedules.

  • RSS/Alert – latest developments, citations of their publications, keep up-to-date of other figures in their fields

  • Examine Reference Transcripts - Gimlet

  • Keep Records of Material Requests.

  • Sign on their departmental listserv.

  • Keep notes of interaction with faculty.

  • Follow university news and publications.

  • Open access and institutional repository


  • Academic libraries are seeking new ways to assist and serve their faculty members with teaching, research, publishing and promotions.

  • By identifying specialized needs of individual faculty and research groups, librarians can apply new information technology and research methods to meet faculty demands.

  • Follow their research interests and publication/presentation records for better collection development. Keep up-to-date with what faculty members are doing/citations analysis.

  • Establishing an active teaching and research profile for teaching faculty will help librarians focus on what they do rather than waiting for them to ask for assistance from the library. Turn passive library requests into proactive service.

  • Form a stronger bond between the faculty and the library.


  • What do you think? We would like your comments and suggestions.

Selected bibliography
Selected Bibliography

  • Arendt, Julie , and Megan Lotts . "What Liaisons Say about Themselves and What Faculty Say about Their Liaisons,." portal: Libraries and the Academy. 12.2 (2012): 155-177. Web. 27 May. 2013.

  • Brown, Jeanne M., and J. Cory Tucker. "Using Multiple Data Sources to Develop a Liaison Agenda." Reference Librarian. 17.4 (2010): 163-177. Web. 27 May. 2013.

  • Ferree, Nita, et al. "Liaison librarian tiers: levels of service." Journal of the Medical Library Association. 97.2 (2009): 145-148. Web. 29 May. 2013.

  • Ithaka S R, Housewright, Ross, Roger C. Schonfeld, and Kate Wulfson. "Ithaka S R US Faculty Survey 2012." 8 Apr 2013. Web. 29 May 2013.

  • Kaufman, Paula T. “The Library as Strategic Investment.” Liber Quarterly. 18.3/4 (2008): 424-436.

  • Lewis, Sheri. "A Three-Tiered Approach to Faculty Services Librarianship in the Law School Environment*." Law Library Journal. 94.1 (2002): 89-100. Web. 27 May. 2013.

  • Mozenter, Frada , Bridgette T. Sanders, and Jeanie M. Welch. "Restructuring a Liaison Program in an Academic Library." College & Research Libraries . 61 .5 (2000): 432-440 . Web. 27 May. 2013.

  • Stoddart, Richard A., Thedis W. Bryant, Amia L. Baker, Adrienne R. Lee, and Brett Spencer. "PERSPECTIVES ON… Going Boldly Beyond the Reference Desk: Practical Advice and Learning Plans for New Reference Librarians Performing Liaison Work" Journal of Academic Librarianship 32.4 (2006): 419-427.

  • Watson, Erin M. . "Taking the mountain to Mohammed : the effect of librarian visits to faculty members on their use of the library." New Review of Academic Librarianship. 16.2 (2012): 145-159. Web. 27 May. 2013.