Alison Regan is Associate Librarian and Head of Scholarship and Education Services at the J. Willard Marriott Library and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication/University Writing Program. After receiving a BA (Honors) in English and an MS Education from the University of Pennsylvania, she completed the MA (Modernist Literature) and PhD (Rhetoric and Writing) in English at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013 she completed the MLS in E-government librarianship at the University of Maryland at College Park, in an innovative program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In 1999, after four years as an Assistant Professor of English and director of the Center for English Studies Technology at the University of Hawaii, she took a leave of absence and a visiting position at the University of Utah. What she thought would last for one or at most two years has turned into fourteen. For two years she taught in the University Writing Program, for six years she was Head of the Technology Assisted Curriculum Center (now TLT), and for the last six she has been Associate Librarian and Head of Education Services and the Digital Scholarship Lab, now combined as Scholarship and Education Services. As department head she enjoys mentoring staff and junior faculty.
The co-author of two books and numerous articles in English Studies and Librarianship, Dr. Regan has wide-ranging scholarly interests. Lately, her focus has been on public history and library archives. With others at the library, she has raised funds for and collaborated on projects digitizing and archiving Utah’s “Urban Pioneers” Folk Music Revival (1958-58), the history of Computer Science at the University of Utah, sustainability studies and libraries, and digital humanities. She has increased support for graduate students through spring and fall break dissertation writing boot camps, and is the liaison to the Honors College and Gender Studies.
Regan was Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women from 2003-2005, and a member from 2002-2009. She was also chair of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center Advisory Board from 2003-2005. In 2008, she and long-time partner Julie C. Silveous were married in California. She looks forward to the day when Utah honors marriage equality, and hopes the library’s lovely rooftop garden will be available for ceremonies.