SIS Associate Professor and Associate Director Suzie Allard has been appointed CCI Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies effective July1, 2014. Allard, who led CCI’s research efforts on an acting basis during spring and summer 2013, will take over CCI’s research leadership role from Chancellor’s Professor and BOV Professor Carol Tenopir. After 11 years as CCI director of research/CICS director, Tenopir decided to return to the SIS faculty (see http://www.cci.utk.edu/tenopir-steps-returns-faculty). As the acting director in spring and summer 2013, Allard became familiar with the daily operations of the Center and all of the administrative duties necessary to prepare grant proposals, operationally execute grant research, and comply with required grant reporting.
She also has significant experience in helping to mentor CCI faculty members through the grant proposal process including three CCI faculty members who are participating in the UT Office of Research and Engagement’s 2014 Grant Writing Institute – AdvPR Professor Mariea Hoy, SIS Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis, and JEM Assistant Professor Erin Whiteside.
Allard will take the reins of a growing sponsored research operation with FY2013 totals of: $2.4 million in research expenditures, a 57% faculty participation rate in sponsored research and 39 funded graduate students. “I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Allard as CCI associate dean for research,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Her work as acting director of the college’s research operation last spring and summer coupled with her extensive experience as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator make her an outstanding choice for this position. She will do an excellent job of continuing the legacy established by Carol Tenopir over the last 11 years.” Allard will relinquish her SIS associate director duties to focus on her new position.
“While I have enjoyed my administrative work for SIS, I look forward to applying all I have learned about research and funding for the benefit of the college,” said Allard. “Our journey to the Top 25 is dependent on our performance in research and grant funding. I am extremely excited about the future and hope to build on the incredible foundation laid by Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir.”