Faculty Spotlight

Associate Professor Lisa Hussey Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

School of Library and Information Science Associate Professor Lisa Hussey is the recipient of the 2022 ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award.

In her application, Hussey's students and colleagues noted her student-centered approach to teaching, from her dedication to mentoring students, innovative problem-solving, depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the field, and sustained relationships with former students. 

"From the initial design of a course, Dr. Hussey keeps the needs and interests of the students in focus," said SLIS Director Laura Saunders. "From choosing readings that speak to both the foundational theories and the practical aspects of the field, to designing meaningful activities and assignments with real-world application, to finding ways to engage all students across
different courses in all modalities." 

That student-centered thinking is an important criteria of the award, along with contributions to curriculum design, mentorship, integration of theory and practice, and keeping up with technology in the LIS field. Students and colleagues also praised Hussey for integrating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion topics into her courses by diversifying course readings and facilitating challenging discussions. 

Prior to joining the SLIS faculty in 2008, Hussey was the director of library services at DeVry University in Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, and her teaching focuses on management, information services, social informatics, and the foundations of LIS. She also teaches international and comparative LIS, and has led travel programs for SLIS students, teaching joint courses with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She also traveled with SLIS students to Rwanda, where they organized library materials at the Maranyundo Girls School.  

Simmons University Research and Instruction Librarian and Adjunct Faculty Linda Schuller cited Hussey's support as key to her success as an adjunct. "She has always been available to me to discuss and question my ideas, suggest enhancements to my courses, and discuss issues of pedagogy," said Schuller. "She's introduced me to cutting-edge technology that I can use with my students, and her role as a mentor has been extremely valuable to my career as an adjunct."

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