Faculty Profile: Roxane Pickens

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Roxane Pickens

Director, Learning Commons

(305) 284-2604

Roxane Pickens, Director of the UM Learning Commons and Librarian Assistant Professor, joined the University of Miami Libraries in fall 2017.  As Director of the Learning Commons (since fall 2019), she works collaboratively with UML and administrative and academic units across the three campuses of the University of Miami with the goal of providing the highest level of educational support for students and scholars who visit and work with the Libraries. Based at Richter Library, she coordinates Learning Commons Partners to provide services that range from introductory-level course tutoring to sophisticated research data analysis.  Additionally, she serves as the subject liaison for Africana Studies.

With a scholarly background in the field of American Studies, Pickens also serves as the Director of the American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.  From 2012 to date, she has taught introductory and intermediate courses for the program on U.S. identity construction and the rhetorics of racial/ethnic festive and expressive culture.  She began a three-year term as program director in fall 2020 and was Interim Director for 2018-19.
Pickens has worked at University of Miami since 2007, when she joined the faculty of the Composition Program in the Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences.  For over ten years, she taught introductory writing courses that focus on identity construction, culture, community, and play.  In her capacity as part of the writing faculty, she regularly tutored in the Writing Center and served as its Assistant Director from 2014 to 2017.
Earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Pickens completed a dissertation project that explores identity and festivity in Harlem Renaissance/Jazz Age literature and expressive culture.  Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, she earned a B.A. in American Studies from the former Newcomb College at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA).  She holds memberships with the American Library Association, the American Studies Association, and the Modern Language Association.

Research & Teaching Interests:  interdisciplinarity and cultural literacies in library settings; teaching with primary resources; diversity/equity/inclusion in academic spaces; American Studies; African American literature/culture; U.S. identity construction; rhetorical dimensions of ethnic festive/expressive culture

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