Maintains Kelsey Reading Room, overseeing reference services and staff scheduling; coordinates tours and instruction sessions with other curators. Collects bibliographic instruction statistics for Cushing. Heavily involved with several technical/web projects, including Aeon, Archon, and website updates.
Works with the development, processing, and indexing of the Science Fiction Research Collection and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Database; acquires primary and secondary material for both special and general collections.
Certified Archivist, 2009.
MLS, University of Maryland at College Park, 2005.
B.A. English, University of Georgia at Athens, 2003.
Scholarly Activities and Teaching
Associate Editor, Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction.
First Year Seminar: UPAS 181-530. Twilighters and Moonlighters: An Introduction to Fan Studies. Fall 2009, Fall 2010. Co-taught with Candace Benefiel.
Book History Workshop: Staff Member. Lecture T.A., Safety Officer, Printing Attendant, Papermaking Instructor, and Fry Cook. May 2009, 2010.
First Year Seminar: LBAR 289-523. Advanced Whedon Appreciation: Introduction to Buffy Studies. Fall 2008.
Coker, Catherine. “Bella, Buffy, and the Feminist Ethics of Choice in Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Slayage: The Online Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. 8.4 (Winter 2011): http://slayageonline.com/essays/slayage32/Coker.pdf
Bales, Stephen, Laura Sare, Catherine Coker, and Wyoma vanDuinkerken. “Journal-Ranking Lists and the Academic Librarian.” Library Review 60.2 (2011): 142-154.
Coker, Catherine, Wyoma VanDuinkerken, and Stephen Bales. “Seeking Full Citizenship: A Defense of Tenure Faculty Status for Librarians.” College & Research Libraries 71(5): 406-420.
VanDuinkerken, Wyoma, Catherine Coker, and Margaret Anderson. “Looking Like Everyone Else: Academic Portfolios for Librarians.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 36.2 (March 2010): 166-172.
Samuelson, Todd, Catherine Coker, and Hal Hall. One Hundred Years Hence: Science Fiction and Fantasy at Texas A&M. Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, 2010. 84 p. This catalog accompanied the Spring 2010 exhibit.
Coker, Catherine. “Courting Edward Cullen.” Twilight and History. Ed. Nancy Reagin. Wiley: Blackwell, 2010: 70-88.
Coker, Catherine. “Exploitation of Bodies and Minds in Dollhouse.” Sexual Rhetoric in the Whedonverse. Ed. Erin B. Waggoner. McFarland & Company, Inc. 2010: 226-238.
Coker, Catherine. “42 Kindles: A Discussion on the Evolution of Text.” Journal of E- Media Studies. 2.1 (2009).
Coker, Catherine. “The Friends of Darkover: An Annotated History and Bibliography.” Foundation. Vol. 37.104 (2008): 42-66.
Coker, Catherine, and Hal W. Hall. "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection of Texas A&M University." Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 19.1 (2008): 150-153.
Clark, Dennis T., Susan P. Goodwin, Todd Samuelson, Catherine Coker. “A Qualitative Assessment of the Kindle E-Book Reader: Results from Initial Focus Groups.” Performance Measurement and Metrics. Vol. 9.2 (2008): 118-129.
“Everybody’s Bi in the Future: Constructing Sexuality in the Star Trek Reboot Fandom.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference and Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Meeting. San Antonio, TX. April 21, 2011.
“Queer Vamps and the Rise of Homomentum, 1994-2010.” Film & History Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI. November 13, 2010.
“Seeking Equal Standing: The Challenges of Twenty-First Century Library Faculty.” Wyoma VanDuinkerken, Stephen Bales, Cait Coker, Laura Sare. American Association of University Professors. Higher Education Conference, Washington DC. June 12, 2010.
“What Her Language-Language Tells You: A Radical Feminist Reading of Dollhouse.” Slayage: The Fourth Biennial Conference of Buffy Studies. Flagler College, Jacksonville, FL. June 3, 2010.
“Fan Works as Political Statements: A View of Textual Liberation.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO. April 2, 2010. I gave another version of this talk at the “Amazing, Fantastic, Weird!” symposium in Cushing. April 15, 2010.
Professional Affiliations and Membership
The American Libraries Association.
The Popular Culture Association.
The Science Fiction Research Association.
The Whedon Studies Association.