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Jeff Waller: Staff

Jeff Waller

Jeff Waller
Head of Research and Instruction



  • Supervision of Research and Instruction department
  • Participation in general library planning
  • Information literacy program planning and instruction
  • Assessment initiatives
  • Reference and research assistance
  • Liaison librarian for the School of Business, plus the Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology Programs
  • Collection development


  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics, University of Kansas, 1995
  • Master of Arts in Economics, Yale University, 1997
  • Master in Library Science, Indiana University, 2006

Personal Statement

After five years as an economic consultant to the gas and electric utility industries, I realized in 2002 that I wanted a career change that would give me daily opportunities for teaching and personal one-on-one service. Once I began studying for my library science degree and working the university’s reference desk, I knew I had found my calling. I find it richly rewarding to help students navigate the research process and see them gain confidence in their own abilities. Teaching students how to find and critically think about information is not just about helping them write better papers in college. These skills help our graduates become more discerning and involved citizens who make the best-informed decisions for themselves, their families, and society as a whole.

I grew up in Wichita KS, and lived in a variety of places across the Midwest and New England before heading south to North Carolina in 2014. I enjoy time with family and hobbies such as music, tennis, hiking, travel, and (of course!) reading. I’m also a sports fan who loves nothing more than spending a summer evening at the ballpark.