Library Faculty/Staff profile for mkirker

Maoria Kirker

Lead, Teaching and Learning Team
Teaching and Learning Team; Learning, Research and Engagement


  • MS - Educational Psychology, George Mason University
  • MS - Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • BA - History, University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. Brecher Cook, D., Kirker, M.J., & Smothers, D. (Eds.). (2024). Person-Centered Management in Academic Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association.

Kirker, M.J. (2022). “Am I a teacher because I teach?”: A qualitative study on librarians’ perceptions of their role as teachers.  portal: Libraries and the Academy, 22, 335-354. doi: 10.1353/pla.2022.0020

Oberlies, M.K., Kirker, M.J., Mattson, J., & Byrd, J. (2021). Epistemology of Teaching Librarians: Examining the Translation of Beliefs to Practice. College & Research Libraries, 82, 513-529. doi: 10.5860/crl.82.4.513

Kirker, M.J. & Stonebraker, I. (2019). Architects, Renovators, Builders, and Fragmenters: A model for first year students’ self-perceptions and perceptions of information literacy. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 45, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2018.10.009

Kirker, M.J. (2019). “Cultivating teacher-librarians through a community of practice.” In M. Mallon, R. Huisman, L. Hays, C. Bradley, & J. Belanger (Eds.), The Grounded instruction librarian: Participating in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (pp. 311-319). Chicago, IL: ACRL Press.



Research Interests

  • Teacher-librarian identity
  • Teacher-librarian self-efficacy
  • Communities of practice for teaching and learning
  • Social and cultural capital and academic library usage

Selected Professional Awards

Co-founder, Conference on Academic Library Management

Adjunct "Teacher of Distinction" commendation, George Mason University, 2021

Contact Information: 
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Fenwick Library
Schedule Appointment:
With Maoria at Fairfax