Five CULLS faculty members receive promotion and tenure: UNM Newsroom


The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CULLS) announces five faculty members who were promoted to tenure last month. Each of the faculty members was promoted to associate professor.

Stephanie Beene

Stephanie Beene, Fine Arts Librarian – Learning and Outreach Services
As the Art, Architecture, and Planning Librarian at UNM, Stephanie Beene supports the teaching, learning, and research of students and faculty in the Art Department of the College of Fine Arts and the School of Art. architecture and planning. This means that she teaches students the concepts of visual and information literacy in workshops and library teaching sessions, in coordination with subject teachers or as part of our library teaching and outreach services. It strives to meet the needs of UNM students and faculty, particularly in creative disciplines. Beene has worked as an educator, librarian and curator of visual resources in libraries, archives, museums and galleries, and her research interests include visual and information literacy frameworks as they relate to trust, lifelong learning long life and the politics of identity. Beene received a master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside, and a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from Colorado. State University. Prior to coming to UNM, she worked as a visual resources and arts librarian at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.


David Hurley

David Hurley, Discovery & Web Librarian
David Hurley joined University Libraries in 2015 as a visiting lecturer teaching information literacy. Since 2017, he has been the discovery and web librarian and head of the library’s user experience group. David’s research interests include cultural humility, human interaction with library and information systems, and information literacy. Before coming to the University of New Mexico, David worked at the State Library of New Mexico, the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Public Library, and the Diné College Libraries. He studied library and information science at the University of Washington School of Information.


Laura Kohl

Laura Kohl, Senior Cataloguer – Technical services
Laura Kohl is a Principal Cataloger and Head of the Cataloging Unit in the Technical Services Department of UNM’s College of Academic Libraries and Learning Sciences. She earned her BA in history from the University of New Mexico and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in archival science. Prior to joining UNM, Laura worked in museums as an archivist and cataloguer. She was lead cataloger for the New Mexico Museum of History’s New Mexico Historical Maps Project, supported by the Library and Information Resources Council and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Kohl has extensive experience in special collections cataloging, authority control, collection management, library preservation, and archival encoding. His publications include journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from cataloging to library workflow. Laura is also passionate about animal rescue and has volunteered with the Albuquerque Department of Animal Welfare for 9 years. Her community service has been recognized by her peers, earning her multiple nominations for UNM’s Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award in 2018 and 2020.

Oleksandr “Alex” Tkachenko Associate Professor in Organizational, Information and Learning Sciences (OILS)
Oleksandr “Alex” Tkachenko holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development (HRD) with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, USA. Oleksandr is from Ukraine. In 2004-2006, Oleksandr was the recipient of the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship from the United States Department of State. Oleksandr also holds an MA in Comparative Education and International Development from the University of Minnesota, USA. At OILS, Oleksandr teaches HRD courses for Masters and PhD students. His research interests include workplace learning, leadership, positive organizational behavior and international HRD. He has published his research in journals such as Human Resources Development Review, Management & Organization Review, European Journal of Training and Development, Team Performance Management, Journal of Workplace Learningand International Human Resource Development.


Jonathan Wheeler

Jonathan WheelerData Curation Librarian
Jon Wheeler has worked at the College of Academic Libraries and Learning Sciences since 2012. As Data Curatorial Librarian in the College’s Research Data Services Unit, Jon supports researchers in the development and the execution of data management plans, and in the sharing and preservation of research data. . Since 2018, Jon has also led the New Mexico Cyberinfrastructure Training program, a workforce development component of the NSF-funded NM EPSCoR SMART Grid Center. In this role, he coordinates data science education initiatives statewide in conjunction with the national EPSCoR office and Software and Data Carpentry organizations. Jon’s research interests include automating data curation workflows and developing methods to better assess the impact of open access institutional repositories.


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