School of Library and Information Science New Arrivals

May 16, 2018

Academic Campus

Check out the new faculty and administration leaders joining SLIS and COCIS this year!

We're excited to announce the arrival of two new members of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences (COSIS) administrative team: COCIS Dean Marie desJardins and SLIS Division Director Sanda Erdelez.

Dr. Marie desJardins will be joining the Simmons community as the Dean of COCIS in the fall 2018 semester. Dr. desJardins is currently the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Information Technology and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Dr. desJardins researches in the area of artificial intelligence and is a passionate advocate for women in technology. She is a prolific scholar, an award-winning teacher, and a mentor who has received national recognition for advancing women in computing.

Dr. Sanda Erdelez will be joining SLIS in June 2018 as its new Division Director. Dr. Erdelez worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an Associate and Full Professor at the University of Missouri School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT). While at the University of Missouri, Dr. Erdelez served as the Chair of the SISLT Library and Information Science Program and as the Associate Director for Education at the Missouri Informatics Institute. As a Fulbright Scholar from Croatia, Dr. Erdelez received a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University.

SLIS will also be welcoming four new full-time faculty members in the fall 2018 semester

Assistant Professor Ann Graf is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Wilwaukee who teaches and researches in the area of information organization. Her dissertation research relates to the documentation and organization of online photographic collections and her research agenda builds on this interest and addresses domain analysis in general and information organization systems for art documentation and controlled vocabulary development and usage by specific domain communities more specifically. Prof. Graf will be teaching "Information Organization" in the fall 2018 semester.

Assistant Professor Catherine Dumas is a doctoral candidate at the University of Albany, State University of New York, who teaches and researches in the area of information technology. She has been researching online behavior and focused her dissertation research on the information behavior of "E-petitioners" and the collective action their petitioning represents. Prof. Dumas will be teaching "Introduction to Programming" in the fall 2018 semester.

Assistant Professor Danielle Pollock is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee who, prior to her doctoral studies, supported a number of research communities as a special librarian. She has been researching innovation adoption patterns in health care environments and is interested in how research communities adopt and use innovative technologies. Prof. Pollack will be teaching "Technology for Information Professionals" in the fall 2018 semester.

Senior Lecturer Donia Conn has taught for SLIS for nearly 10 years as an adjunct and will be joining the faculty as a full-time senior lecturer for the 2018-2019 academic year. Professor Conn is an expert in preservation and will be teaching "Preservation Management" in the fall 2018 semester.

Current Visiting Professor Jeff Pomerantz will be joining the SLIS faculty as an Associate Professor of Practice and, beginning in fall 2018, will be assuming the role of Online Program Coordinator. Professor Pomerantz will continue to teach "Metadata" and "Digital Libraries" at SLIS in the fall 2018 semester.