Dr. William Welburn

Curriculum Vitae

Office Address:
Marquette University
Office of the Provost
Zilber Hall, 454D
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-8028
Fax: (414)288-8027



Ph.D., Library and Information Science, Indiana University, 1991
M.S.L.S., Library and Information Science, Atlanta University, 1978
B.S., Journalism, Syracuse University, 1975


Professional and Academic Positions

Marquette University
Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
2011 - Present
Senior Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives
2009- 2011

Develops and implements campus-level strategies on diversity and inclusion as related to the university's faculty and student communities; works collaboratively with academic and administrative units, representing the Provost on diversity issues; serves as a part of the Provost's administrative team.

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Associate Dean of the Graduate College
2006- 2009

Provided senior leadership for a team of assistant deans and directors in the area of Graduate Student Academic Affairs, including outreach and recruitment, with particular focus on diversity, admissions, graduate student financial and academic support, career advising, and degree completion, including thesis deposit. Other responsibilities included approval of Graduate College faculty appointments, review of international exchange agreements involving graduate students, interpretation of Graduate College policy, and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Dean of the Graduate College.

The University of Arizona
Associate Professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science,

Carried a 2/2-course load, advising load of approximately 20 Master's students each semester.
Courses taught included: Academic Libraries, Foundations in Library and Information Science, Planning and Evaluation of Library and Information Centers, Documenting Diverse Cultures & Communities, Information Resources and Services, Scholarly Communication.

The University of Iowa
Assistant Dean, Graduate College

Administered the diversity initiatives of the Graduate College, including Graduate Merit Fellowship Program (now the Dean's Graduate Fellowship Program), recruitment, and professional development activities, including new student orientation, and the electronic thesis and dissertation program. Ex-officio member of the Graduate Council.

Interim Chair, African American World Studies Program, 1998-99
Administered a program of six faculty (3 joint appointees, three full-time), a Master's program and an undergraduate major during a national search for a new chair. Worked with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on departmental promotion and tenure policy and budgetary matters.

Coordinator, Social Sciences Division and Diversity/Special Services Librarian,
University Libraries,

Coordinator of the newly-formed Social Science Division, established as one of three subject-based teams that included professional staff with responsibilities for collection development, public services and cataloging. Coordinated activities including planning, assessment of collections and budget allocations in the social sciences. Served as a member of the Collection Development Committee. Developed diversity service, personnel, and collections initiatives for the University Libraries.

Courses taught at The University of Iowa:
School of Library and Information Science
College and University Libraries, Topics: Cultural Diversity - Information
Resources and Services
African American World Studies
Critical Skills Seminar (Undergraduate), Senior Seminar (Undergraduate),
Introduction to Research in African American Studies (Master's)

Rutgers University
Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies,

Courses taught:
Information Sources and Services

William Paterson College (now University)
Coordinator for Library Instruction, Sarah B. Askew Library, 1988-1989

Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) Assistant Professor, School of
Library and Information Science, 1987-1988

Courses taught:
Reference Services, Introduction to Library and Information Science,
Library Management, Government Publications

Princeton University
Reference Librarian and Curator, Afro-American Studies Collection,

Indiana University
Reference Librarian and Interim Journalism Librarian,



"Rethinking Theoretical Assumptions about Diversity: Challenges for college and University Planning." Diversity and Multiculturalism in Libraries, ed. Katherine Hoover Hill. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1994, 75-84.

"Do We Really Need Cultural Diversity in the library and Information Science curriculum?" Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 35 (Fall 1994): 328-30.*

"Moving Beyond Cliché: Cultural Diversity and the Curriculum in Library and Information Studies," Public and Access Services Quarterly 1 (1995): 97-100*

"Multicultural Curriculum and Higher Education," Journal of Library Administration 27 (1999): 157-69*

"Creating Partnerships in support of Students? Scholarship: the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project at The University of Iowa," Proceedings of the 10th National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, March 15-18, 2001. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2001. (With Janice Simmons-Welburn)*

"Cultivating Partnerships/Realizing Diversity," Journal of Library Administration 33 (2001): 5-15 (with Janice Simmons-Welburn)*

"The Double Life of the College Campus," College and Research Libraries News 63 (November 2002): 718-20.

"College and University Context for Library Human Resource Management" Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities. Ed. Janice Simmons-Welburn and Beth McNeil. Libraries Unlimited, 2004

"Ethics and Human Resource Management," Human Resource Management in Today's Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities. Ed. Janice Simmons-Welburn and Beth McNeil. Libraries Unlimited, 2004

"Leadership Lessons in a Climate of Social Transformation," with Janice Simmons-Welburn, Portal: Libraries and the Academy 6/4 (2006) 467-470

"To 'Keep the Past in Lively Memory': William Carl Bolivar's Efforts to Preserve African American Cultural Heritage" Libraries and the Cultural Record 42/2 (2007) *

Richard Fyffe and William C. Welburn, "ETDs, Scholarly Communication, and Campus Collaboration," CRL News 69/3 (March 2008): 152-155.

"The Promise of Diversity in the Library Community," (with Janice Welburn), Library and Book Trade Almanac (Information Today, Inc., 2009), 3-15.

Editor (with Janice Simmons-Welburn and Beth McNeil), Advocacy, Outreach, and the Nation's Academic Libraries: A Call for Action (ACRL Publications, 2010)

"Libraries and Graduate Education: Opportunities for Collaboration." Advocacy, Outreach, and the Nation's Academic Libraries: A Call for Action (ACRL Publications, 2010)

"Creating Inclusive Communities: Diversity and the Responses of Academic Libraries," portal: Libraries and the Academy 10/3 (July 2010), 355-363.


Papers Presented

"Establishing a Program of Academic Library Outreach." Paper presented at the fall meeting of the New York City Chapter of the Association of college and Research Libraries, New York, November 1991.

"Cultural Diversity and Library and Information Science Curriculum." Presented at the workshop, Back to the Basics, at the annual conference of the American Library Association, San Francisco, California, June 1992

"Unity through Diversity: Meeting the needs of a Changing Student Population." Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the Iowa Library Association Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Waterloo, Iowa, October 1992.

"Diversity: Issues of Challenge and Change." Presentation given at the Conference on the Role of the Student Assistant in the Academic Library, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, February 1993.

"Transforming Partnerships: the University of Iowa ETD Project." Third International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Applying New Media to Scholarship, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, March 16-18, 2000. (With Carol Hughes, Phil Potter, and Patty Strabala).*

"Cultivating Partnerships/Realizing Diversity," Paper presented at Diversity Now: People, Collections, and Services in Academic Libraries, The Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium and the University of Texas at Austin, April 2000 (with Janice Simmons-Welburn).*

"Organizational Entry, Sense Making, and New professional Employees in Academic Libraries." (With Janice Simmons-Welburn). Paper presented at the 11th National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 11, 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina. *

"Critical Memory, Collecting, and Documenting Culture and Community: The Experiences of Two 19th Century Black Book Collectors," Paper presented, 2005 Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Printing, July 14-17, 2005, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. *

William Carl Bolivar: Philadelphia Journalist, Collector, and Educator. Paper presented at the conference, Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America, September 29-30, 2006, Madison, Wisconsin. *

Perceptions of Campus-level Advocacy and Influence Strategies among Senior Administrators in College and University Libraries. (With Janice Simmons-Welburn and Beth McNeil.) Paper presented at the 13th National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, March 29-April 1, 2007, Baltimore,

Memory, Authenticity and Cultural Identity: The Role of Library Programs, Services and Collections in Creating Community (With Veronda Pitchford, Camila Alire, Malore Brown, Karen E. Downing, Alexandra Rivera, Janice Welburn, and Mark Winston.) World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Council, 23-27 August, 2009, Milan, Italy. http://www.ifla.org/annual-conference/ifla75/index.htm. *


Book Reviews

Joseph. J. Branin. Collection Management for the 1990s. RQ 32 (Summer 1993): 587-588

E.J. Josey, Ed. The Black Librarian in America Revisited. College and Research Libraries 55 (September 1994): 464-5

Dan Lacy. From Grunts to Gigabytes: Communication and Society. College and Research Libraries 58 (January 1997): 98-99

James Danky and Wayne Weigand. Print Culture in a Diverse America. College and Research Libraries 61 (March 2000): 174-175

John Willinsky. If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research. College and Research Libraries 62 (May 2001): 296-298

Ronald E. Day. The Modern Invention of Information: Discourse, History, and Power. College and Research Libraries 63 (May 2002): 291-2.

Peter Drahos with John Braithwaite. Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy? College and Research Libraries 65 (May 2004)

Anthony G. Wilhelm. Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society. College and Research Libraries 66 (July 2005)


Grants Administered

Project Director, U.S. Department of Education, Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program, The University of Iowa, 1995-1998. As project director, worked with six Master of Fine Arts programs (theatre, art, dance, music, creative writing, and nonfiction writing) to manage 2 and 3-year fellowships for 22 students. Responsible for all budgetary decisions and expenditure approvals; provided academic support for all students.

Project Director, "Recruiting Minority Students into Science, Engineering and Mathematics Graduate Programs," U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), 1994-1997. Worked with science and technology programs at seven universities to bridge undergraduate students to University of Iowa doctoral programs. Worked with Iowa science faculty to develop curriculum and research assignments. Presented project at annual FIPSE conference and submitted annual and final reports to FIPSE program officer.



Marquette University

Chair, Office of the Provost, Diversity Advisory Committee, 2009- present
Member, Mission Council, 2009- 2010
Member, Marquette University Reaccreditation Committee, Mission Subcommittee, 2011-present
Facilitator, Gender Resource Center Planning Team, 2011- present

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Member, Campus Diversity Initiatives Committee, 2006-2008
Educational Equity Programs Review Committee, Graduate College, October 2006-May
2007 (ex-officio)
Member, Campus International Advisory Council, 2007-2009
Member, Academic Professional Task Force, 2007-2008
Member, Martin Luther King Celebration Planning Committee, 2006-2008
Member, Graduate College Review Committee, Fall 2007
Member, Academic Excellence Subcommittee for University Accreditation Committee, 2008-2009

University of Arizona

Chair, Student Key Area Committee, a planning and assessment group for the 2005 submission of the self-study of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, prepared for the Committee on Accreditation, American Library Association, 2004-06.
Chair, Admissions and Financial Aid Committee, School of Information Resources and Library Science, 2003-06

University of Iowa

Served on dissertation and thesis committees in the following departments between 1991 and 2003: African American World Studies (2), American Studies (5), Higher Education (3), Student Development in Postsecondary Education (1), School Psychology (3), Rehabilitation Counseling (1), and English Education (1).
Chaired search committees for Director, Special Support Services (1992-93) and Associate Provost and Director, Opportunity at Iowa, 1998, and served as a member of the search committee for the Director for Information Technology, 1991.
Member, Collegiate Diversity Group, 1999-2003
Chair, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Graduate Deans panel on Increased
Access for Minorities to Graduate Study, 1999-2001
University of Iowa Representative, GEM Consortium, a national organization devoted to the advancement of minorities in graduate science and engineering programs. Worked with College of Engineering faculty to prepare the University of Iowa's successful application, sought data and support from UI science and engineering programs to meet GEM requirements, coordinated UI faculty advisory group.
Diversity Administration Committee, 2003 (Report submitted, September 2003)
Graduate Programs Climate Study, Graduate Survey Data Analysis Committee, 2003


Professional Organizations

Member, American Library Association, since 1980
Member, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Member, ACRL 2003 President's Program Planning Committee
Chair, ACRL Campus Administrators Discussion Group, 2003-2006
Co-chair, Keynote Speakers Subcommittee, ACRL 12TH National Conference Planning
Committee (2003-05)
Member, ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee, 2005-08
Member ACRL 2007 13th National Conference Planning Committee, Keynote Speaker's
Subcommittee (2006-07)
Member, Future of the Library Workforce, Panel on University Libraries, a project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Studies, 2005-06.
Member, ACRL 2011 National Conference Planning Committee, Workshop Selection Subcommittee (2009-2011)
Chair, ACRL Copyright Committee, 2010-2011
Chair, Research and Policy Committee, ACRL African American Studies Librarian Section, 2009-2011
Member ACRL 2013 National Conference Planning Committee, Keynote Speaker's Subcommittee (2011-13)


Editorial Boards

The Journal of Library Services in Distance Learning (2003- ),br /> portal: Libraries and the Academy (2004- )
The Reference Librarian (2006- )


Professional Development Activities and Awards

Teaching Award, Library Student Organization, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, Fall 2004 and Fall 2005
Outstanding International Educators, University of Iowa, awarded Fall 2003.
Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program, 2001-02
nTITLE: New Technology in the Learning Environment Workshop, June 2001
2000 Catalyst Award (awarded to the Graduate College) for support for campus wide diversity at the University of Iowa, Awarded by the University of Iowa, Office of Affirmative Action
Distinguished Educator Award, Multicultural Graduating Students? Recognition Banquet, the University of Iowa, Spring 2000
University of Iowa Administrative Institute, July 1997
Advanced Collection Management and Development Institute, March 26-28, 1993,
Teaching Award, Atlanta University School of Library and Information Science, 1989


*Indicates Peer Reviewed




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