National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience Liaison Wanted

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 2012 – July 2015) as the ACRL liaison to the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience.  Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between the National Resource Center and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and IS.

About the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience
The National Resource Center’s mission reads: “Building upon its history of excellence as the founder and leader of the first-year experience movement, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. We achieve this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical and scholarly information as well as the discussion of trends and issues in our field through the convening of conferences and other professional development events such as institutes, workshops, and online learning opportunities; publication of scholarly practice books, research reports, a peer-reviewed journal, electronic newsletters, and guides; generating, supporting, and disseminating research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and maintaining several online channels for resource sharing and communication, including a dynamic website, email lists, and social media outlets.”  For more information about the organization, please visit  or contact the current Liaison Debbie Malone ( A compilation of National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience Liaison reports (2007 — 2011) is available on ALA Connect.

Deadline for Applications: May 18, 2012

Submission Requirements
Nominees must submit:

  • A letter of application articulating qualifications to Stephanie Michel, IS Chair (
  • A current vita


  • Liaison attends the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience (organized by the National Resource Center), which takes place in February.
  • Attendance at ALA Midwinter or Annual Conferences is optional.
  • Liaisons will submit a report about their activities to the IS Advisory Council at least once per year (either in person or in writing).
  • Liaison will write a short article about their activities for the IS Newsletter once per year.



  • Current member of IS and ACRL
  • Experience working with first year students
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the National Resource Center, ACRL, and IS
  • Financial support to attend the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL (Note:  Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the Liaison Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed)
  • Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy to campus stakeholders engaged in the first-year experience movement
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Record of serving IS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
  • Advanced degree or credential in teaching
  • Experience conducting research on the first-year experience

Selection Process Timeline

  • May 21 – June 1: A subcommittee of the IS Executive Committee reviews submitted applications.
  • June 4: IS Chair contacts successful candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact IS Chair Stephanie Michel at