News Category: faculty-news

Texas iSchool Welcomes First Assistant Dean for DEI, Dr. Edgar Gómez-Cruz

Feb. 15, 2022

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to welcome Dr. Edgar Gómez-Cruz as the school’s first Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In this role, Gómez-Cruz will lead the iSchool’s effort to establish a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Gómez-Cruz, who was appointed to the position last spring, joined us in January 2022.

Ahmer Arif Researches Inclusive Digital Literacy for NSF Convergence Accelerator Program

Sept. 29, 2021

A group of multidisciplinary researchers and partners led by The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington Information School is one of 28 teams selected as part of the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator 2021 cohort, receiving $750,000 in Phase 1 planning funding for a project that aims to reimagine how digital literacy and critical reasoning skills are taught.

Dr. Barbara Immroth, 1942-2021

Sept. 22, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor emerita at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Dr. Immroth was a leader in the field of children’s literature and youth services, and a passionate advocate for the transformative role of libraries in empowering communities.

Amelia Acker Researches COVID Data Infrastructures

April 21, 2021

In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, thousands of open source COVID data projects were launched in an attempt to organize the chaos of information emerging about this new infectious disease. These COVID data infrastructure projects were crucial in enabling policy-makers and the public to understand the impact of the virus in communities around the world.

iSchool Welcomes Dr. Ahmer Arif to the Faculty

Feb. 4, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information is pleased to welcome Dr. Ahmer Arif, who joined us as an assistant professor in January 2021. He comes to the iSchool from the University of Washington, where he earned his Ph.D. in Human Centered Design & Engineering.

Texas iSchool Joins Social Justice Informatics Collaborative Effort in City of Austin

Nov. 12, 2020

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to partner with Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge, Huston-Tillotson University, and government and community organizations in Austin for the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Social Justice Informatics Faculty Fellows Program.

iSchool Well-Represented at 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

Oct. 21, 2020

Several faculty members, PhD students, and a postdoctoral researcher will be representing The University of Texas at Austin School of Information at the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which is being held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from October 22nd to November 1st. The theme of the conference is Information for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges.

Soo Young Rieh to Launch Institute on Artificial Intelligence for Library and Information Professionals

Oct. 2, 2020

Professor Soo Young Rieh is partnering with collaborators from two other universities to launch the IDEA Institute on Artificial intelligence (AI), a two-year project funded by a $208,142 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The institute aims to help library and information professionals to lead in planning, deploying, and implementing artificial intelligence in library settings. A diverse cohort of twenty fellows will be recruited nationwide to attend the Institute, where they will develop conceptual and practical AI knowledge and skills in a collaborative learning environment.