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 Teaching Excellence Award, George Mason University, 2023

Distinguished Library Faculty Award, George Mason University Libraries, 2023

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

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