Interim Associate Dean of Research, Instruction, and Assessment; Associate Professor
- PhD in American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 2017
- M.S. in Information Science, University of Tennessee School of Information Science, 2009
- M.A. English, The University of Virginia, 1994
- B.A. English, Maryville College, 1993
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- Library Liaisons
- Monroe Library
- University Honors
Jason Ezell is the library’s Instruction and Research Coordinator. At Loyola University since 2016, he leads the Monroe Library instruction program in its mission of providing formal library instruction and research support. He serves on university curriculum committees to advocate for information literacy and library instruction within general education and program curricula. His professional research interests include information literacy assessment, social justice in library instruction, serendipity in historical research, and alternative research assignments. He has presented on these topics at annual conferences such as the American Library Association, the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, and LOEX, and his scholarship appears in publications like The Journal of Academic Librarianship and the forthcoming Association of College and Research Libraries’ collection Embracing Change. He has completed the ACRL Immersion programs in the assessment and program tracks and was a 2013 recipient of the ACRL’s inaugural Assessment in Action grant.
As the liaison to the Criminology and Justice, History, Sociology, and Teacher Education departments, Jason provides instruction and research support for both humanities and social science approaches to research. He offers embedded instruction for courses like The Historian’s Craft and intensive research consultations for Criminology & Justice theses and for Sociology capstones. He has served as the instructor of record for Information Literacy & Interdisciplinary Research (LIBR G210) and provides library instruction for a variety of First Year Seminars. Further, he leads the Monroe Library Teaching & Learning Team (TLT) in assessment of first-year students’ foundational information literacy skills.
Jason’s research in American studies addresses interdisciplinary approaches to LGBTQ cultural and political history, with a current focus on the regional collectivism, spirituality, leftist politics, print culture, and sanctuary practices of gay liberation. A recipient of research travel grants both to Duke’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture and to the New York Public Library’s LGBT collections, Jason has presented his resulting research at the Appalachian Studies Association and Black Mountain College conferences and published in journals such as The Radical History Review. At Loyola, he teaches First Year Seminars and mentors honors theses related to LGBTQ history.