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Stephanie Akau Awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarship

Stephanie Akau, library infomation specialist, has been named one of the American Library Association’s 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholars.

Since 1997, ALA has awarded over 1,000 Spectrum Scholarships to exceptional students who are pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to equity and inclusion, their demonstrated community outreach, and their commitment to the library profession, academic achievements and leadership potential.

Akau is pursuing her MLIS at the San Jose State University School of Information and anticipates attaining her degree in 2019. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance/music education cognate from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Music in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) from UNM. Stephanie also has rich work experience with positions in libraries, archives, education, museums, and fine arts organizations.

Unfortunately, we can’t celebrate this with Stephanie in person—at least not yet—as she is currently in Washington, D.C., where she is participating in the Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program at the Library of Congress (Music Division). This is yet another highly competitive program for which she has been selected.

Amir Hedayati-Mehdiabadi Joins the OI&LS Faculty

The OI&LS program welcomes new faculty member Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi.  Hedayati is an educational researcher whose motivation for research stems from his lifelong desire to improve learning and development practices. In broad terms, his research is focused on talent and professional development. His research seeks to answer the question of how we can improve ethical decision-making among professionals including engineers and computer scientists through understanding their ethical judgement processes. He is also interested in how we can cultivate educational environments to develop professionals who are more inclusive in their practice.

Hedayati has received a PhD degree in Human Resource Development from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his BSc in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his MBA from University of Tehran. 

In addition to his publications in journals such as Human Resource Development Review, he has presented his research at multiple conferences including American Society for Engineering Education, American Evaluation Association, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and Academy of Human Resource Development.

Hedayati is the recipient of Academy of Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award in 2016. He has received Mukeun Lee dissertation award as well as William Chandler Bagley doctoral scholarship in 2017 from College of Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He plans to teach courses in program evaluation, talent development, and qualitative research methods.

Stephen Hull Begins His Tenure as UNM Press Director

Stephen Hull joins the UNM Press as Director on Sept 17. Hull has had a thirty-five year career in book publishing, the last nine as editor and publisher at the University Press of New England, at Dartmouth College. Hull began his career with the college division of Little, Brown & Co., before moving to Allyn & Bacon, a division of Simon and Schuster.

With independent publisher Zoland Books, Inc., Hull worked with important novelists, poets, and nonfiction writers, including Ha Jin, Sheila Kohler, Kevin Young, André Brink, and many others.

In 2002 he left to found the independent trade publisher Justin, Charles & Co. (named for his two sons), discovering and introducing writers such as Harry Shearer, Scarlett Thomas, Richard Marinick, and Boris Fishman, as well as publishing prize-winning authors such as Nina Fitzpatrick and Ken Bruen.

Hull says, “It is my view that innovative, creative endeavors in digital and print publishing are absolutely essential to the continued growth and vitality of the academic press.”

At the University Press of New England Hull founded several new series including “Seafaring America,” publishing original works, reissues, and anthologies bearing on America’s maritime heritage; and ForeEdge Books, a new imprint of general interest nonfiction with regional roots and national resonance. Since 2014 ForeEdge has grown to publish twenty-four titles a year in history, politics, science, music, and sports.