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08-13-2013


Carrie Byrd Earns Promotion at UC

 


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) is honored to announce the promotion of their former Assistant Librarian, Ms. Carrie Byrd, to Associate Librarian of UC. Ms. Byrd has been with UC for six years and her education, along with her cultural experience and travel, has helped her become the phenomenal educator and Associate Librarian she is today.

Ms. Carrie Byrd is a Williamsburg native but journeyed out west to attend college, thanks to the helpful advice from her high school guidance counselor. She attended Linfield College in Oregon where she studied Journalism and Creating Writing and later received her Bachelor’s degree. She furthered her education by receiving her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Then, Ms. Byrd moved back home to Williamsburg to pursue a career at University of the Cumberlands.

“I like being back here in Williamsburg,” explained Ms. Byrd. “I have a lot of family here and the students and staff at the University of the Cumberlands feels like family to me too. It feels really great to be promoted and to have our hard work recognized by the university. It lets people know that we are here and that I’ve made an impact.”

Over the years, University of the Cumberlands has grown in numbers and academically. In these years, Ms. Byrd feels that she has accomplished a lot both personally and professionally. “My instructional sessions have more than doubled since last year,” said Ms. Byrd gratefully. “Our program has grown and reached so many more students and that’s extremely important to me. Growth has exploded! It makes me so happy to see the expansion on our campus.”

Ms. Byrd is very passionate about her career, the students, and the university. It is apparent just through conversation that she wants the students to excel and have bright, hopeful futures. She tries to offer her students encouraging advice whenever she can about how to retrieve good information from the internet and how to make the wisest decisions when it comes to research and sources. A button on her door says, “Friends don’t let friend’s site Wikis.” Although Wikis and Wikipedia are useful in some cases, they might not always be the best sources to use when it comes to hard facts and serious research topics. She wants to make sure the students learn when and how to use the information that is out there correctly and effectively and she’s doing an amazing job reaching out to them.

“Thank you for acknowledging the work the library and I have worked so hard to accomplish over the years,” thanked Ms. Byrd sincerely. “I hope to have more opportunities to work with others at UC and get to know more students. I want to make sure that I let all the departments at UC know that the library is here for them and assist them if needed. There are tons of helpful resources for every department and I want them to feel welcomed in the library. The new semester is coming and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future will bring us. UC is constantly changing in a positive way so it’s an exciting time to be a part of the university.”

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.