Melissa Bowles-Terry

Head of Educational Initiatives, UNLV Libraries
Expertise: Teaching and learning, Assessment of student learning, Undergraduate research


Melissa Bowles-Terry is the head of educational initiatives at the UNLV Libraries, where she provides leadership for the libraries' educational role on campus, including faculty development initiatives related to teaching research skills, offering library support for online learning, and assessing student learning in the library.

Bowles-Terry has published in major library journals and presented at conferences on the topics of assessment of student learning and information literacy instruction. She is a national leader in scholarship related to the impact of libraries on student success and is a member of the faculty of a national training program sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries for librarians who teach and assess student learning.

She earned a master's degree in library and information science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her career in librarianship, she taught writing at Utah State University and earned a bachelor's and master's in English literature. Melissa was instruction and assessment coordinator at University of Wyoming Libraries before coming to UNLV. 

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Articles Featuring Melissa Bowles-Terry

Librarian and student in an instructional session
ResearchOctober 5, 2018
A national, multi-institutional study finds that academic library instruction helps keep undergraduates in school.
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ResearchMay 3, 2017
From professional reasons to personal connections, faculty across campus share why they’re fond of certain works they penned.