Head of Learning & Research Support / Associate Professor

Biography

Before becoming a librarian, I earned a Masters in Anthropology at the University of Virginia and completed doctoral coursework in anthropology at the University of Missouri - Columbia. As a librarian, I remain interested in social sciences and use this background in my work as a liaison to the Anthropology and Sociology departments. 

My area of interest within librarianship is Critical Information Literacy. This means going beyond basic library skills to discuss the social, political, and economic factors that shape our access to information. My primary focus is on the ways systemic patterns of racism and sexism have influenced the information available to us - from the ways these patterns have limited which voices are privileged in scholarly communications to the biases encoded into search engine algorithms. 

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Missouri, 2005
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of Missouri, 2005
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2007
  • M.A., Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, 2011
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • LIBR-2100 (Info Literacy & Research) Section: 01

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • LIBR-2100 (Info Literacy & Research) Section: 02

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • LIBR-2100 (Info Literacy & Research) Section: 02

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • LIBR-1101 (Inform. Literacy & Research) Section: 05

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • LIBR-1101 (Info Literacy & Research) Section: 04
    • LIBR-1101 (Information Literacy& Research) Section: 06

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • LIBR-1101 (Academic Rsrch & The Library) Section: 05

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • LIBR-1101 (Academc Rsrch & The Library) Section: 08
  • Publication List

    Pashia, A. & Critten, J., eds. (2019). Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses. Chicago: ACRL Press. [View Publication]

    Pashia, A. (2017). Examining structural oppression as a component of information literacy: A call for librarians to support #BlackLivesMatter through our teaching. Journal of Information Literacy, 11(2), 86-104. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11645/11.2.2245. [View Publication]

    Pashia, A. & Critten, J. (2015). Ethnography as pedagogy in library orientations. Journal of Information Literacy, 9(2), 84-93. [View Publication]

    Wadley, R. L., Pashia, A., & Palmer, C. T. (2006). Religious scepticism and its social context: An analysis of Iban shamanism. Anthropological Forum, 16(1), 41-54.