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Michelle Holschuh Simmons

Academic Biography:
I have been a teacher in a variety of settings, ranging from high school to graduate school, for more than twenty years. My own work as a high school teacher and as an academic librarian in a small liberal arts college informs my current work with Monmouth College students who are preparing to be teachers. My disciplinary homes have been in English, education, and library and information science, and my interdisciplinary background fits particularly well in a liberal arts college like Monmouth College, where collaboration across disciplinary lines is encouraged.

Research Interests:
My research resides at the intersection of the fields of education, library and information science, and linguistics. I am particularly interested in the ways that undergraduate students acquire discourses (writing, reading, thinking) specific to their chosen discipline. Additionally, I am interested in socio-cultural approaches to online education, as well as technologies that enhance learning in both online and face-to-face environments.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Simmons, M. & Tucker, V. (2017, October). The process of becoming learners: Professional identity formation among student teachers. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning: Evidence-Based Teaching & Learning, Traverse City, MI.

Hirsh, S., Simmons, M. H., Christensen, P., et al. (2015) International Perspectives in LIS Education: Global Education, Research, and Collaboration at the SJSU School of Information. Journal of Library and Information Science Education, 56 (Supplement 1), S27-S46.

Simmons, M. H. (2015). Finding information: Information intermediation and reference services. In S. Hirsh (Ed.), Introduction to Today’s Information Services. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Simmons, M. H. (2015). Information Services: Roles in the Digital Age Webinar. Ancillary video to accompany Information Services Today: An Introduction. Produced in partnership by Rowman and Littlefield and Library Journal.

Simmons, M.H. (2013). Using an electronic portfolio as a capstone project: The rationale, logistics, and reflections (parts 1-4). The EvoLLLution. Retrieved from

Simmons, M. H. (2012). e-Portfolios in an online master’s program: Student and faculty perspectives. Paper presented at the meeting of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Simmons, M. H. (2011). Creating instructional screencasts: An overview of available tools and best practices. Paper presented at the meeting of the Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference, Online. Recording available at

Simmons, M.H. (2005). Librarians as disciplinary discourse mediators: Using genre theory to move toward critical Information literacy. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 5 (3), 297–311.

Courses Taught:
MCTE300 Content Area Literacy
MCTE470 Student Teaching Seminar
MCTE302/402 Educational Technology
EDST215 Human Diversity
MCTE305 Teaching English Language Learners
MCTE333 Practicum
EDST 290 Barriers & Opportunities: Examining Educ. in Ecuador & Beyond

BA--English, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN. 1993
MAT--English, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. 1995
MA--Library & Information Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. 2000
PhD--Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. 2007

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 209A Wallace Hall