Marcia Rapchak

Marcia Rapchak

Head of Teaching and Learning
Teaching, Research, and Engagement
Gumberg Library

Gumberg 402
Phone: 412.396.5344


Ed.D., Instructional Technology and Leadership, Duquesne University, 2017
M.S.L.S., Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky, 2010
M.A., English, The Ohio State University, 2007
B.A., English, The University of Kentucky, 2005

Information Literacy for Adult Learners
Research and Information Skills Lab


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rapchak, M., & Cipri, A. (2015). Standing alone no more: Linking research to a writing course in a learning community. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 15(4), 661-675

Rapchak, M., Lewis, L., Motyka, J., & Balmert, M. (2015). Information literacy and adult learners: Using authentic assessment to determine skill gaps. Adult Learning, 26.

Barnhisel, G. & Rapchak, M. (2014). Wikipedia and the wisdom of crowds: A student project. Communications in Information Literacy, 8(1), 145-159.

Rapchak, M. & Behary, R. (2013). Digital immigrants, digital learning: Reaching adults through information literacy instruction online. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 7(4), 349-359.

O'Connor, L. & Rapchak, M. (2012). Information use in online civic discourse: A study of health care reform debate. Library Trends, 60(3), 497-521.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

National and International

Nolfi, D. A., Rapchak, M., Marra, L., O'Neil, C., & Turk, M. (2015, May). Interprofessional information literacy education for nursing, allied health and pharmacy freshmen. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, Austin, TX. 

Rapchak, M. & Cipri, A. (2013, November). Research skills and writing in a learning community: A symbiotic relationship. National Learning Communities Conference. Corpus Christi, TX.

Rapchak, M. & Lewis, L. (2013, April). Information literacy makeover: Revising a core freshman course for nontraditional students. ACRL. Poster Session. Indianapolis, IN. 

Rapchak, M.E., Brungard, A. B., Nolfi, D. A., Ballock, T. J., Euliano, B., & Nelson, J. (2012, October). Doing LibQUAL+ at the worst possible time: How changes in the university and library affected results. Library Assessment Conference. Poster session. Charlottesvile, VA.

Rapchak, M. (2012, May). Using the learning cycle to engage students. LOEX Conference. Columbus, OH.


Duquesne University Service

Strategic Plan Working Group on Leading Edge Instructional Strategies, February - April 2015

Community Engaged Teaching and Research Advisory Committee, September 2014 - present

Faculty Senate, Executive Committee, July 2014 - present

Ad Hoc Committee on Assessment of Teaching Excellence, April 2014 - May 2015

Interdisciplinary Research and Information Skills Working Group, November 2013 - present

Academic Integrity Committee, November 2013 - March 2014

Near Peer Mentor, September 2013 - May 2015

Quality Online Course Design Advisory Group, June 2013

Learning Communities Faculty Advisory Committee, October 2012 - May 2014

Information Literacy Steering Committee, October 2011 - present

Professional Service

LOEX 2016 Conference Planning Committee. LOEX. January 2015 - present

Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee. ACRL Instruction Section. July 2013 - present

Awards and Recognition

ALOA Value Rubric Assessment Stipend, Duquesne University, 2015

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, March 2014

Creative Teaching Award from Duquesne University, April 2013.