Leila Rod-Welch, EdD

Instructional and Research Librarian

Leila June Rod-Welch was born and raised in Mashhad, Iran. She immigrated to the United States in 2001. She has been a librarian for 11+ years. Prior to that, Rod-Welch taught English to international students, refugees, and immigrants. Leila received her EdD in Leisure and Human Services Management, her MA in Community Leisure Services Programming from the University of Northern Iowa, and her MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

The majority of her research focuses on outreach to diverse and underserved populations such as international students, English as a second language learners, graduate students, military-science students, and veterans. In 2019, she edited a book titled Improving Library Services in Support of International Students and English as a Second Language Learners. Leila’s other scholarly interests include leisure and aging. Currently, she is coediting a book titled Academic Library Mentoring: Fostering Growth and Renewal. Dr. Rod-Welch was a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader. She has over fifty publications and presentations and was the Founder and past Convener of Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group. Dr. Rod-Welch has been involved with numerous ACRL committees over the years.