Exhibit of faculty work now on display in Hatfield Library

Willamette University students glean the benefits of their professors’ incredible collective knowledge on a daily basis, but less frequently are students exposed to professors’ labors from outside of the classroom.

The Faculty Works Exhibit, now open on the main floor of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, offers students and visitors an opportunity to easily view and use faculty essays, journal articles, fiction, multimedia and artwork.

“The faculty have gone through a lot to get their work to this point,” says Melissa Treichel, the library’s access services manager. “It really demonstrates how faculty contribute not just to Willamette students’ educations, but to the development of knowledge in the greater intellectual community.”

This year marks the fourth-annual appearance of the display, which has featured works from more than 120 of Willamette’s faculty to date — including representatives from not only the College of Liberal Arts and each department therein, but also from all three Willamette graduate schools.

Engaging in Their Fields

­­­­University Librarian Deborah Dancik says the display demonstrates how Willamette’s professors are “living their professions,” and that it gives insight into how engaged faculty are in their academic fields. The perennial display allows for the newest and most available works to be on view during its six-week stay.

“We see these professors in the classroom on a daily basis,” Dancik says. “This gives us a chance to recognize their hard work. Students frequently get recognition on campus, but now it’s time to applaud the faculty.”

The library will hold in-building-only copies for the duration of the display, but many of the materials are available for purchase or lending from other institutions. According to Dancik, many of the publications are peer-reviewed and were selected through stiff competition for print.

Faculty as Experts

Dancik says that students often overlook the hard work faculty dedicate to publishing, and don’t realize the likelihood of students at another university studying from a book written by the professor standing in the classroom at Willamette.

Dancik and Treichel encourage students to explore the exhibit and find out what their favorite professors were up to while on sabbatical, or what the latest research in their major field of study may be, or perhaps what the specialty of their College Colloquium professor actually is.

“There is so much good work here — it is truly impressive,” Dancik says.

The display will run through May 15 and is open during normal library hours.