I began work at ORU on February 28, 2018, as the Advanced Library Generalist, working
in reference and technical services. In August of 2018, I was appointed as a faculty
member and given my current responsibilities.
My passion is to help students learn how to research. My goal is to teach skills that
will last a lifetime, not just for one paper or one class. Instead of using the traditional
reference model of simply answering a student’s question, I answer the question by
showing the student how to find the answer. I want to teach students to fish rather
than simply giving them a fish. I really enjoy seeing when a concept takes hold in
a student’s mind. I love that moment when things “make sense.” I have helped many
students with their doctoral work, I receive a lot of joy from assisting them in accomplishing
such a prestigious achievement. I have a lot of experience with digital libraries
and institutional repositories, and I love making resources available to not only
students but researchers around the world. I had the opportunity to do postgraduate
work in Pauline Literature and because of that experience, I can also help advanced
students with research related to the New Testament.
I participated in a research project with Ithaka S + R exploring the research needs
of religious scholars, reported on here: Cooper, Danielle and Horner, Thad, et al.
“Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars.” New York:
Ithaca S&R, 2017. https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.294119
I am married to Anila Horner. I am also an Ordained Minister and an Amateur Magician.