Dr. Teresa S. Welsh

Director and Professor

PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
MLIS, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
BA, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS





Dr. Welsh is a native Mississippian who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. degree in anthropology, a Certificate in Humanities, and minors in social studies and classical studies. While at Southern Miss, she participated in British Studies for study-abroad credit, was a member of the Honors College as well as Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Theta Kappa, Lambda Alpha, Gamma Beta Phi, and Golden Key Honor Societies. She earned an M.L.I.S. and later a Ph.D. in information sciences from the University of Tennessee. At UT, she was a member of Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society and awarded the Hilton A. Smith Graduate Fellowship as well as Best Technical Project Award and Best Doctoral Paper Award from the School of Information Sciences.

She has taught at Southern Miss since summer 2003 and was awarded the 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Education and Psychology, was one of 12 faculty chosen for the 2007-08 Learning Enhancement Center Podcasting Pilot Project, served as an assistant director for the Katrina Research Center, is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Fellow and a member of the Friends of Cook Library Board.  She has served on the UT School of Information Sciences Advisory Board, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), and serves on the International Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) Advisory Committee and International Scientific Committee. In addition to being published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings, she has authored several book chapters, co-authored a book on information literacy and another book on the research process. Teaching and research interests include information literacy, historical research, bibliometric research, spatial analysis, information retrieval, museum studies and archival studies.  She serves as a faculty advisor for the Southern Miss Student Archivists Association and the Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections.