Simmons SLIS welcomes Colin Rhinesmith and Rebecka Sheffield to the Faculty

May 11, 2016

Dean Eileen Abels is pleased to announce two additions to the Simmons SLIS faculty on July 1, 2016.

Dr. Colin Rhinesmith, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Colin Rhinesmith comes to Simmons with a broad teaching portfolio that includes graduate and undergraduate courses, and teaching both face-to-face and online. He is a Faculty Research Fellow with the Benton Foundation, a private foundation that works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. Rhinesmith’s research interests are focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital inclusion and broadband adoption. He is a co-Principal Investigator on an IMLS grant to study rural wifi hotspot lending programs in Kansas and Maine. You can learn more about him at

Dr. Rebecka Sheffield, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Rebecka Sheffield will join the SLIS faculty after serving as the Executive Director and Archives Manager at the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives. Dr. Sheffield has also worked with the LGBTQ+ Digital Oral History Collaboratory, which brings together a team of researchers across four community archives and five research institutions. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto iSchool, and she specializes in strategic planning and archival discovery and access. Sheffield is passionate about LGBTQ+ archives and finding innovative ways to bring researchers and collections together. Her areas of specialization include LGBTQ+ Archives & Heritage, Queer & Feminist Social Movements, Community Informatics & Heritage, Management & Administration of Archives, Archival Exhibitions, Digital Archives, Social Movement Theory, and Sexual Diversity Studies. You can learn more about her at

SLIS is thrilled to welcome these dynamic new faculty members to our team.