Curriculum Vitae

Amber Passey,

information professional


San José Stae University
Degree: Master of Library and Information Sciences
Department: School of Information
Current GPA: 3.855
Anticipated Graduation: December 2023

University of Utah
Degree: Master of Art
Program: Applied Linguistics
Endorsement: Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Overall GPA: 4.0
Graduation: August 2005

Brigham Young University
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Marriage, Family, Human Development (MFHD)
Minor: German
Overall G.P.A. 3.84
Graduation: June 2002, Suma Cum Laude

Academic Work

Editor-In Chief, Student Research Journal, School of Information, San Jose State University
Duties: Oversee the growth, governance, and publication of the Student Research Journal; represent the Journal through social media marketing, quarterly reports to the faculty advisory board, and partnerships with iSchools and publications in related fields, supervise managing editor and oversee the editorial team, accept and review applications and interview top candidates for available appointments on the team. June 2022 – present

Content Editor, Student Research Journal, School of Information, San Jose State University
Duties: Review articles submitted for publication, provide feedback on content and execution of articles, make recommendations to accept or reject articles, participate in monthly training meetings with the editorial team and faculty advisor. January -May 2022

Tutoring, Salt Lake City, Utah
Duties: Tutor several students, individually (from elementary school age through college). Focus on each student’s individual areas of concern (as identified by their parents, for younger students) and create projects, activities, and readings to target those areas in developing academic English skills, September 2003-June 2006.

Teaching Assistantship, Department of Linguistics, ESL Program, University of Utah Courses Taught: ESL 1060, Expository Writing for Nonnative English Speakers; ESL 1050, Composition for Nonnative English Speakers; ESL 1040, Grammar and Editing for Nonnative English Speakers
Duties: Prepare and carry out lesson plans for ESL courses, including materials development. Other responsibilities include grading written assignments, providing accurate feedback, assisting students in learning to write in the American academic setting, and assigning a grade for each student at the end of the semester, assessing language abilities and placing students into appropriate classes, January 2004-August 2005.

Grader, Introduction to English Grammar, Department of Linguistics, University of Utah Duties: Grade homework assignments and tests based on a scoring guide, hold office hours for students to answer questions and explain course concepts, January 2005-May 2005.

Research Assistant, Infant Development Lab, Brigham Young University
Duties: Scheduled appointments with participants, conducted the experiment using the preferential looking model, observed 5-month old infants during the experiment, basic data tabulation, and preliminary analyses, January to June 2002.

Teaching Assistant, Physical Science 100 T.A. Lab, Brigham Young University
Duties: Answered students’ questions in a walk-in lab, taught a weekly review session ranging in attendance from 20-300, graded students’ tests, and assisted new T.A.’s in learning the procedures of the lab, January 1997 to June 2002.

Teaching Assistant, Theories in Family Development, MFHD Department, Brigham Young University
Duties: Answered students’ questions during office hours, gave review sessions before each test, and graded written assignments and tests, September to December 2001.

Therapist’s Assistant, Internship, The Gathering Place
Duties: Assisted a therapist in the Prenatal Program by organizing class topics and activities, writing letters for donations and thanks, and helping with targeted case management, January to May 1999.


Assistant Children’s Librarian, Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue, Nebraska
Duties: Plan and execute all story times and programming for patrons ages birth to five, manage the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, collection maintenance through weeding and replacing items, reader’s advisory, and working the circulation desk one Saturday a month, developed a monthly preschool STEM program, reorganized paperback book collection and updated catalog metadata to make finding items in this collection easier. December 2018- March 2020.

Circulation Clerk, Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue, Nebraska
Duties: Assisting patrons with circulation needs including registering for a library card, registering for library programs, checking books in and out, managing financial transactions of the book sale room, answering reference questions and directing patrons to specific librarians for additional help, March 2017-August 2018.

Adjunct Faculty, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
Courses Taught in ESL Program: Level 2 Grammar, Level 2 Writing, Level 3 Writing, Level 3 Reading, Level 3 Listening/Speaking
Duties: Prepare syllabus, prepare and carry out ESL lesson plans, develop materials, assign and evaluate relevant activities, including essays and presentations, provide accurate feedback, record attendance for each class, assign final grades, May -December 2007.

Adjunct Faculty, Eagle Gate College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Courses Taught: ESL: Level 1 Communication, Level 1 Grammar, Level 2 Communication, Level 2 Grammar, Level 3 Communication, Level 3 Grammar;
Duties: Plan and teach ESL courses, including materials development, integrating computer programs into weekly lessons and test design. Additional responsibilities include administering and scoring diagnostic tests, placing students into appropriate classes, assigning final grades, recording attendance daily, attending weekly faculty meetings, planning and executing field trips, holiday parties and other celebrations, March 2005-July 2006.

Adjunct Faculty, Eagle Gate College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Courses Taught: Non-ESL: Written Communications, Strategies for Success
Duties: Prepare syllabus, plan and teach courses, assign and evaluate relevant activities, including essays, resumes, and research papers, record attendance for each class, assign final grades, June 2005-July 2006.

Teacher, Sylvan Learning Center, Utah
Duties: Prepare high school students to take the ACT college entrance test by reviewing their knowledge of English and Reading, teaching strategies for test-taking, and administering and proctoring simulated ACT tests, September 2003-June 2006.

Professional Research Assistant, Infant Project, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Duties: Independently conducted home-visit observations, interview protocols, and administered and scored all assessments, wrote developmental evaluation reports of infants from birth to three years old enrolled in the study for Denver County Human Services including recommendations for services. Additional training opportunities included a wide range of workshops and training sessions pertaining to infant mental and physical health, environmental factors for child development, child abuse and neglect issues, and training in a variety of measures designed to assess the mental, physical, and emotional health of abused infants and their home environments, August 2002 to July 2003.


Passey, A. (2023). Professionalism in LIS: A Blend of Theory and Practical Application. School of Information Student Research Journal, 12(2).

Fernando Rubio, Amber Passey, & Selene Campbell. (2004).Grammar in disguise : the hidden agenda of communicative language teaching textbooks. RAEL: revista electrónica de lingüística aplicada,3, 158-176.


“Reading Nation Waterfall Year Two: The Role of Libraries in Supporting Early Children’s Literacy in Tribal Communities” ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Chicago, IL, June 2023.

“Increasing Access to Native American Children – Reading Nation Waterfall Year 1 Results” California Library Association Annual Conference. Sacramento, CA, June 2023.

“LIS Graduate Students and Academic Publishing: More than a Showcase for Classwork” SJSU iSchool Reception, California Library Association, Sacramento, CA, June 2023.

“Joining the Scholarly Conversation: A Guide for Graduate LIS Students” College of Professional and Global Education Online Student Conference. San José State University, February 2023.

“The Student Research JournalLIS Pedagogy Chat. Simmons University, webinar, Feb 2023.

“Reading Nation Waterfall – Building an Early Children’s Literacy Network in Tribal Communities” International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Temecula, CA, October 2022.


Outstanding Student Presentation Award. College of Professional and Global Education Online Student Conference. San José State University, February 2023.

Volunteer Experiences

Volunteer Storytime Teller, Overstreet Memorial Library, Misawa Air Base, Japan
Duties: Present monthly storytime for children ages birth-5 and their caregivers following a provided theme and recommended books. Incorporate principles of early learning and early literacy development including singing, talking, reading, playing, and writing, July 2023-present.

Instructor, English Connect, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Duties: Plan and teach weekly ESL courses following the English Connect curriculum, model language usage, provide feedback to participants, help students set and achieve goals for language development and usage, August 2019-March 2020.

Founder/Presenter, Kingsport Music Club, Kingsport, Tennessee
Duties: Organize and present a one hour playdate-style program for children birth to five and their caregivers once a month. Each month focused on a theme and used songs, instruments, finger plays and games to promote early literacy skills, September 2012-October 2013.

Volunteer, Bell County Public Library, Middlesboro, Kentucky
Duties: As a Laptime Teller, prepare and present a twenty-minute program for babies, toddlers & their caregivers with songs, fingerplays and short stories once a week. As a volunteer, plan and execute monthly activities under the direction of the Children’s Librarian, August 2009-August 2011.

Laptime Teller, Orem Public Library, Orem, Utah
Duties: Prepare and present a twenty-minute program for babies, toddlers and their caregivers with songs, fingerplays & short stories once a month, under the direction of the Children’s librarians, February 2008-May 2009. 

Training Workshop Presenter, Project READ Literacy, Provo, Utah
Duties: Prepared and presented information and handouts for tutors working with English Language Learners on their literacy skills. Presentation included explanation of cultural literacy, principles in working with ELLs, activity suggestions for writing and reading, October 2008.

Living History Interpreter, This Is The Place Heritage Park, Salt Lake City, Utah
Duties: Provided an authentic pioneer experience for visitors to the park by interpreting the daily life of pioneers in Utah in 1865. Specific duties included teaching in a pioneer school house, giving time period appropriate lessons and teaching pioneer games to children and adults, April 2005-July 2006.

Tutor, University of Utah
Duties: Tutor ESL student in basic writing skills and North American pronunciation, November 2003-May 2004.

Missionary, Bulgaria, Sofia Mission, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Duties: Taught free English classes twice a week, organized activities for youth groups, mentored missionaries less familiar with the language and culture of Bulgaria, organized and conducted weekly planning meetings, August 1999-February 2001.

“Creative expression is a huge element of our days.
We are happier and more at peace when we’ve had time to create something.”

— Amber Passey, Mom of 4