12-5-2021 9:15 AM
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick ‘95, Dean of Dacus Library and Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections
Kendrick joined the Winthrop community just last year as an employee, but she’s not necessarily “new” to campus: she earned a degree in English from Winthrop in 1995 and was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Library Services from the historic Clark Atlanta University.
Kendrick turned heads in the library world when she was named the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year while she was serving as associate librarian and associate professor at the University of South Carolina – Lancaster. She conceptualized, implemented and expanded library and campus-wide library services that cultivated, encouraged, and sustained student engagement and improved outreach for teaching and learning.
Kendrick’s current research centers the experiences of low morale in library workplaces, and her continuing conversations surrounding her scholarship reveal that these experiences may be shared in workplaces in general. Today she’ll share interesting data points coming from employees’ real-world experiences, reveal systems that support low-morale, and offer opportunities to discuss countermeasures for empowerment and well-being.
Understanding Morale in Higher Education Workplaces