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Tenopir-King Research Excellence Fund Brings CCI Professor and Student Together for Research

Dr. Carol Tenopir and Misty Jones

Chancellor’s and BOV Professor Carol Tenopir and emeritus CCI Board of Visitors member Donald W. King have established the Tenopir-King Research Excellence Fund.  The fund was established on the occasion of King’s retirement from the CCI Board of Visitors and a well-deserved retirement from funded research projects.  The focus of the fund is to provide support for a recent SIS Master’s graduate to work with Tenopir on research projects related to scholarly communication.

King has had a long and distinguished career in Information Sciences, including founder and president of King Research, a consulting firm based in the DC area, and at the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences where he serves as an adjunct research professor. King and Tenopir began working together over 20 years ago when Tenopir moved to the University of Tennessee.

A big motivation for Tenopir’s move from the University of Hawaii was the opportunity to work with King on their shared research interests in scholarly communication, reading and publishing patterns of scientists. They have published two books and many articles on this subject over the years, with grants from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Special Libraries Association, the Engineering Information Foundation, and other private and public funding agencies. 

The first recipient of the Tenopir-King Research Excellence Fund is Misty Jones. Jones graduated from SIS in 2011, with an MS in Information Sciences. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Sociology from East Tennessee State University.

After obtaining her Master’s degree, Jones worked for the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the Genetics Center as its grants administrator.  In that position, Jones gained valuable experience working in a team environment that included physicians, lab personnel, hospital personnel, administrators, medical students, and patients.  That experience was vital to her being hired as a Research Associate in CICS, where she splits her time between the IMLS-funded Team Science project and other research projects withTenopir.

“We partner with our donors to custom tailor gift structures that meet their needs,” said CCI Development Director Patrick Powell. “Carol and Don’s fund is a classic example of someone with intimate knowledge of the College making an investment to meet a specialized funding need. We are always willing to meet with interested donors to help them craft a gift whether it is broad or focused.”