Deej has worked at the University of Virginia Library for 34 years, as cataloger, reference assistant, and currently half time in Special Collectionsas a Digitization assistant and in reference. She has a B.A. in Education from James Madison University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She supervises student assistants in the library and really enjoys working with students. She loves to travel and is very excited about this trip with Semester at Sea. When not at work she gardens, reads, does yoga, walks, cooks, and eats. She has visited India, the UK, France, Ecuador, Australia, and New Zealand. She looks forward to meeting lots of new people and the adventure of travel around the world with Semester at Sea.