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Staff Profile: Roxane Pickens


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Roxane Pickens

Assistant Director, Learning Commons

rpickens@miami.edu

(305) 284-2604

Roxane Pickens, Assistant Director of the UM Learning Commons and Library Assistant Professor, joined the University of Miami Libraries in fall 2017.  As Learning Commons Assistant Director, 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, the university's main interdisciplinary branch, she assists with the coordination of Learning Commons Partners to provide services that range from introductory-level course tutoring to sophisticated research data analysis.
 
Pickens has worked at University of Miami since 2007, when she joined the faculty of the Composition Program in the Department of English.  For over ten years, she taught introductory writing courses that focus on identity construction, culture, community, and play, and she has also taught introductory courses for the for the American Studies Program since 2012.  In her capacity as part of the writing faculty, she regularly tutored in the Writing Center and served as its Assistant Director from 2014, through its founding partnership with the Learning Commons and relocation into Richter Library, and until fall 2017, when she joined the faculty in UML.
 
Earning her M.A. and Ph.D. both 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.
 
During academic year 2018-19, Pickens is also serving as Interim Director of the American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UM.

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