Texas iSchool Launches School Librarian Certificate ProgramSandlin, Anu  | Oct 08, 2019
In early October 2019, the University of Texas at Austin School of Information launched its new School Librarian Certificate Program. The certificate program will be coordinated by Dr. Barbara A. Jansen, an educator with over 35 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher, K-12 school librarian, and university instructor.
As a school librarian, Jansen was committed to collaborating with teachers to fully integrate information literacy skills, content objectives, and technology into the curriculum, while creating a culture of reading on campuses. Now as coordinator of the School Librarian Certificate Program, Jansen brings this expertise to the Texas iSchool’s newly restructured program.
Jansen explained why the value of this certificate program would continue to pay off. “Children require passionate and knowledgeable school librarians to help them effectively identify, evaluate, and use information to become innovative creators of new knowledge.”
“Today’s school librarians foster children’s ability to think critically, providing them with the skills they need to analyze, form, and communicate ideas in compelling ways,” explained Jansen. “But what’s more, school librarians continue to cultivate a passion for reading –and the ability to read in multiple formats.”
The School of Information is currently accepting applications for the summer 2020 cohort of school librarian certification students.
Jansen expressed her enthusiasm about the new program and encouraged passionate, motivated teachers who wished to make a broader impact on teaching and learning at their schools to apply. “If you are passionate about working closely with students, teachers, administrators, and parents to help shape strong and caring citizens for our communities and global workplaces, then school librarianship is for you!” she explained.
If you are passionate about working closely with students, teachers, administrators, and parents to help shape strong and caring citizens for our communities and global workplaces, then school librarianship is for you!
“Current teachers with at least two years’ classroom experience in a Texas public school or accredited private school should apply,” said Jansen. “School librarianship could be the next exciting phase of your career!”
Aligning the goals of the School Librarian Certificate Program with those of the Texas iSchool, Jansen emphasized the dedication towards producing school librarians who will become leaders in their field, and continue to create modern library programs that prepare the public school children of Texas for their college, career, and military experiences.
As coordinator of the program, Jansen will host several live information sessions throughout the month of October. The goal of these virtual sessions is to provide additional information and answer questions related to the School Librarian Certificate Program.
Sessions will be held on October 8 at 5:30 p.m., October 9 at 8:30 p.m., October 10 at 4:30 p.m., October 12 at 11:30 a.m., October 13 at 7:00 p.m., October 15 at 6:30 p.m., October 17 at 5:30 a.m., and October 22 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom platform.
The School Librarian Certificate Program is currently the only program offered at the University of Texas at Austin for current teachers and educators who wish to pursue school librarianship.
“Be a part of something special,” said Jansen. “Join the inaugural class of 2020 and experience the newly restructured School Librarian Certificate Program at the University of Texas at Austin!”
Texas iSchool Welcomes Six New Post-Doctoral Research FellowsSandlin, Anu  | Aug 31, 2019
The University of Texas at Austin School of Information recently hired six new post-doctoral research fellows to join the Texas iSchool, including the first three scholars supported as part of the new Bullard Research Fellow program.
“I am excited to have such a large and high quality cohort with us this year!” said Texas iSchool Dean Eric T. Meyer. In commenting on the strength of the pool of applicants, Meyer noted, “We were impressed with the quality of applicants from leading universities around the world. The six who are starting between now and October all stood out, but we had many more strong candidates as well. This successful process makes me look forward to continuing to bring additional post-doctoral researchers into our community in the future,” said Meyer.
The Bullard Research Fellow program was launched in 2019 with funding from the Professor Fred M. Bullard Endowment. The Bullard Research Fellows program is designed to allow exceptionally promising young scholars the time to develop their own research while collaborating with leading established scholars and researchers. It is designed to accelerate careers, and to maximize the ability of Bullard Research Fellows to build independent research trajectories. To accomplish this, a portion of each fellow’s time will be reserved for their own independent research and publication efforts, including publishing results from their dissertation. Additionally, all Bullard Research Fellows will work with a mentor or mentors on research projects.
Bullard Research Fellow Robert Bautista will join the Texas iSchool in October 2019 from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he earned his Ph.D. in Communication Science earlier this year. Bautista specializes in how professionals combat health misinformation online, and he will be working with Associate Professors Jacek Gwizdka and Yan Zhang, as well as Dean Eric T. Meyer.
Stephen Slota, the second Bullard Research Fellow, joined the Texas iSchool this past week from Washington, where he was a postdoc after finishing his Ph.D. in Informatics at UC Irvine in 2018. Slota will be working with Associate Professor Ken Fleischmann and Assistant Professor Jakki Bailey on algorithmic fairness, accountability, and transparency, and also on his own work on how data is transforming agricultural production.
We anticipate that the fellows will have a huge impact here at Texas, but also across the field through their scholarly activity.
The third Bullard Research Fellow, Abigale Stangl, earned her Ph.D. in Technology, Media, and Society, from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2019. Stangl will be working with Assistant Professor Danna Gurari on research that broadens inclusion and participation of people with visual disabilities in the media and information landscape.
Two of the post-doctoral research fellows, Edward Helderop and Jake Nelson, earned their Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2019. Helderop received his Ph.D. in Geography, while Nelson received his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy. Both post-doctoral fellows moved to Austin with Associate Dean for Research Tony Grubesic, and will be working closely with Grubesic for the academic year on his work in geographic information science.
The sixth post-doctoral fellow, Caroline Stratton, earned her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the Texas iSchool in 2018. Stratton will be working with Associate Professor James Howison on a funded project about the role of ICT in Latin American development efforts.
All six post-doctoral fellows will begin their work at the Texas iSchool between August and October 2019.
Dean Meyer expressed his enthusiasm around the iSchool with having six new post-doctoral research fellows on board who demonstrated great promise as exceptional scholars and researchers: “We have designed our newly expanded post-doctoral program to maximize the ability of scholars to start their careers with a bang,” he said.
“By providing them the time and resources to work with senior faculty on projects while also having time protected to work on their own projects and publications, we anticipate that the fellows will have a huge impact here at Texas, but also across the field through their scholarly activity,” said Meyer.
Texas iSchool Welcomes New Assistant Professor, Dr. Min Kyung LeeSandlin, Anu  | Aug 31, 2019
The University of Texas at Austin School of Information is pleased to announce that Dr. Min Kyung Lee of Carnegie Mellon University will be joining the Texas iSchool as an assistant professor starting in January 2020.
Dr. Lee is currently a research scientist in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon Universityin the Machine Learning Department and the Center for Machine Learning and Health.
Her research focuses on improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for human contexts by making AI more sensitive to human concerns and behavior so that people can use algorithmic decisions as tools for more informed and fairer decision-making.
Lee is passionate about the theoretical research and societal impact associated with AI. Drawing from design, computer science, and social science, she creates and deploys new AI services in the field, working with real-world organizations.
Her research interests include human-computer interaction, computer-supported collaborative work, human-centered artificial intelligence, algorithmic fairness & transparency, human-robot interaction, and design. Lee’s current research is inspired by –and complements– her previous work on social robots for long-term interaction, seamless human-robot handovers, and telepresence robots.
We had an outstanding pool of candidates this year, but Min really stood out for her clarity of vision and the impacts of her research.
Lee has conducted some of the first studies that empirically examine the social implications of algorithms’ emerging roles in management and governance in society including how people perceive algorithms, and how algorithmic services that work in the real world can be designed to be fairer and more trustworthy.
She is a Siebel Scholar and has received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, research grants from NSF and Uptake, and five best paper awards or honorable mentions in venues including CHI, CSCW, DIS and HRI.
Lee currently serves as Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction (THRI). Herwork has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, New Scientist, Washington Post, MIT Technology Review, and CBS.
Dean Eric T. Meyer expressed his gratitude to the Texas iSchool Search Committee chaired by Pat Galloway, for identifying Lee and helping recruit her to The University of Texas at Austin School of Information. “We had an outstanding pool of candidates this year, but Min really stood out for her clarity of vision and the impacts of her research,” said Meyer.
“Dr. Lee comes to us from a world-leading group at Carnegie Mellon, and I am confident she will be an excellent addition to the iSchool. I think I speak for the faculty when I say we look forward to working with her as her career develops, and I’m certain students will benefit tremendously from her experience, knowledge, and skill.”
Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technologyin 2004. In 2007, she received a Master of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design.
Lee went on to earn a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction in 2011 and Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction in 2013 both from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, HCI Institute. To read more about Dr. Min Kyung Lee, visit her website.