Michelle's outreach responsibilities extend to various departments and organizations on campus that provide academic services. As Academic Partnerships Librarian, she works closely with the Reading Writing Center, Advising First Exploratory Office, Statistics Help Desk, the Academic Center for Excellence, the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), the Honors program, Office of Undergraduate Research, Office of National Fellowships. In addition, Michelle works with various departments, such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, Math, and Economics, through her work with the Libraries' late-night peer tutoring program, the Learning District, which is jointly sponsored by Student Government Association. She also serves as one of the Libraries' liaisons to the Film School.
Michelle's educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in Religious Studies, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Before becoming a librarian, she worked for the St. Petersburg Times as a copy editor, as an adjunct for the Religious Studies Department at University of South Florida in Tampa, and as a high school English Honors and Journalism teacher in Plant City, Florida.
Michelle is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, Library Leadership & Management Association, Florida Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Florida Library Association.
Her current research interests are tutoring and other academic services in academic libraries, and the social impact of library services on undergraduate academic success and retention.