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Information Sciences Professor Selected for SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Carol TenopirCarol Tenopir, chancellor’s professor and director of CCI’s Center for Information and Communication Studies, has been selected for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award representing the University of Tennessee.  The award is new, and Tenopir is among the first recipients of the honor.  The new award program was created to honor SEC professors with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship.

In presenting the awards, the SEC becomes the only Division I conference within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to recognize university faculty for their achievements outside of the athletic realm. 

Honorees from each university receive a $5,000 honorarium and become their university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award to be presented at the annual SEC Spring Banquet May 31in Destin, Florida.  The announcement of the overall winner will be made May 7.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “These winners are exceptional and have inspired their students and colleagues through a deep commitment to teaching and research in their chosen fields. The SEC is privileged to honor the men and women who motivate and encourage our students to be the best they can be.”

Tenopir’s teaching and research focus on information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She was one of the first scholars to study full-text journal article retrieval. She has a doctorate from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree from California State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College.

She has authored five books, published more than 200 journal articles, and, for nearly 30 years, she penned the “Online Databases” column for Library Journal.

To read more about Tenopir, visit 

The new award program is part of the SEC’s non-athletics related academic initiatives through the SEC Academic Consortium. To read more, visit