[Michlib-l] Wayne State's Kafi Kumasi Selected as 2016-2018 iSchool Research Fellow at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephen Bajjaly dx1042 at wayne.edu
Tue Oct 4 16:37:02 EDT 2016

Wayne State School of Library and Information Science Associate Professor, Dr. Kafi D. Kumasi, has been selected by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iSchool's faculty to be a research fellow for the 2016-2018 academic years. Research fellows are chosen because their work is relevant to the interests of the School's faculty and students. Kumasi will give at least one lecture during her appointment.

"I'm honored to serve as a research fellow for the iSchool. I look forward to sharing my ideas and inquiries, particularly as they relate to educational inequities in school libraries. We are at a critical juncture in our nation with regard to human and civil rights concerns, especially among minoritized groups. Illinois is a great place for me to share my work in this area, as I know many Illinois faculty who are deeply committed to issues of social justice," said Kumasi.

Kumasi's research interests focus on issues of literacy, equity, and diversity, particularly occurring in urban educational environments and spanning K-12 and graduate school contexts. Her publications include book chapters and journal articles in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, School Libraries Worldwide, School Library Media Research, and Urban Library Journal, among others. She teaches in the areas of school library media, urban librarianship, multicultural services and resources, and research methods.

Congratulations Dr. Kumasi!

Stephen T. Bajjaly
Associate Dean and Professor
School of Library & Information Science
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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