Professor Kitchel received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1982 and Juris Doctor in 1986 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her Master of Library Science with Special Certification in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington in 1987.
Professor Kitchel served as Law Reference Librarian from 1987 to 1990 and Assistant Law Librarian for Public Services at the University of Oregon Law Library from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 2013, she was the Associate Law Library Director at Creighton University School of Law where she supervised all aspects of student, faculty and public services and taught Legal Research & Writing and Advanced Legal Research. She joined the faculty at Willamette College of Law as Library Director in 2013.
- JD, University of Nebraska
- MLS, University of Washington
- BS, University of Nebraska