New position at Purdue University

Posted by reyjunco on February 11, 2013 in Commentary |

Purdue UniversityI am delighted to announce that later this semester, I will be joining the faculty of the Purdue University Libraries as an associate professor. At Purdue, I will focus on emerging technologies in education with a special focus on the first year experience. If you don’t already know about the great work happening in educational technologies at Purdue, I’d recommend checking out their ITaP studio where they’ve developed learning tools that include: an app that integrates with Facebook to increase student engagement, a learning analytics platform, and a badging system. I’ll also continue my current line of research and look forward to the expansive new lines of inquiry I’ll pursue in collaboration with my new Purdue colleagues.

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  • Donna Witek

    Hi Rey,

    Congrats on your new position! I’ve been following your work for a while. My research is in social media and information literacy (with an initial focus on Facebook). Your new position intrigues me because I am on the Library Faculty as a Public Services Librarian (Assistant Professor tenure-track) at my institution, and it sounds like you too will be on a Library Faculty…but not as a librarian? I’m curious about your job title, as it’s interesting to me that the Purdue Libraries has faculty members in its department that aren’t holders of MLS degrees. Would you be willing to share a little more about what you’ll be doing at the Purdue Libraries in the capacity of Associate Professor? Will your primary role be research? Just curious because at my library we’re thinking way ahead about what we’d like our department to look like in the future, so we’re keeping an eye on what other academic libraries are doing. Now, Purdue Libraries are much bigger than my library–we are mid-sized liberal arts school. But as I said, your announcement piqued my interest.

    Thanks and again, congrats! I may be biased, but working in academic libraries, especially when your research is in technology and tends to be interdisciplinary in scope, is really a fantastic environment to work in.


  • Congratulations Rey!  I’ve always liked librarians and been impressed with how forward thinking many of them are so I think you’ll fit right in.  It’s a good location, too, between Indy and Chicago.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s not Indiana University in Bloomington – but it’s not bad! 🙂

  • Congrats! I’ve been following the work of Kyle Bowen and his ITaP Studio colleagues for a couple of years now, and I’ve been very impressed. Glad to hear you’ll be working with them!

  • Hi Donna,

    Thanks for your well-wishes. You are right: librarians have always been great supporters of my work. The Purdue Libraries are very forward-thinking in their interdisciplinary focus. I would be happy to talk with you more about the position, what I’ll be doing, and my research. Please email me sometime. 

  • Thanks Kevin! I agree– librarians have always been great supporters of my work. They certainly “get it” when it comes to emerging tech, which makes sense given their information literacy focus. Had no idea there was rivalry there. Looking forward to some good ole’ trash talkin 😉 

  • Thanks Derek! I’ve been following their work for a while too. They are definitely on the leading edge of EdTech in using theories and research about how student learn to develop their applications. Looking forward to collaborating with them! 

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  • Liz Broughton

    Congrats Rey!! You alluded to it in your recent email to me. Now it’s official!! Wishing you well…and will check out what you posted about your new office

  • Thanks Liz! 

  • Thank you! 

  • John Lowery

    Sounds like an exciting opportunity. I have been messing around with another Studio product, Backdraft, which might become much more useful as Twitter continues to change its API in ways that limit other tools.

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