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. Kirker, M.J. (April 2022). “Am I a teacher because I teach?”: A qualitative study on librarians’ perceptions of their role as teachers. portal: Libraries and the Academy.

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.

Mattson, J., Kirker, M.J., Oberlies, M., & Byrd, J. (2017). “Carving out a space: Ambiguity and librarian teacher identity in the academy.” In The self as subject: Autoethnographic research into identity,


Research Interests

  • Teacher-librarian identity
  • Teacher-librarian self-efficacy
  • Communities of practice for teaching and learning
  • Information literacy

Selected Professional Awards

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

Contact Information: 
Campus: Fairfax
Schedule Appointment:
With Maoria at Fairfax