After ten years at the helm of the School of Information Science (SIS), Ed Cortez will step away from his role as SIS director at the end of June. He will return to the faculty after completing a year of professional development and research.
For the past ten years, Cortez has led SIS as it navigated through profound changes in the field to make sure that the graduates from UT’s program have the skills necessary to meet the new challenges and requirements of the profession.
“We are proud of our accomplishments over the past ten years,” said Cortez. “Joining the iSchool organization in May of 2013 was a particularly important step in the School’s development as we continue to work to increase the quality of our academic research and scholarship.”
During his time as director, SIS established an undergraduate minor in Information Studies and Technology. He also led the effort to create a memorandum of understanding between UT and the University of Puerto Rico’s Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technology to facilitate research and other types of faculty collaboration between the two schools.
A new alumni society was also established to better integrate alumni interests with the school’s strategic plan, which was last revised in 2012.
“Ed has engaged highly visible SIS alumni from across the county in new ways integrating their expertise into the program,” said Dean Mike Wirth. “A side benefit from the increased alumni engagement has been an increase of more than 100% in the school’s endowment. I am very grateful to Ed for his service over the last decade and for his many contributions in moving the School of Information Sciences forward.”
Prior to joining the UT faculty as SIS director in 2005, he served as a faculty member at: the University of Wisconsin, Madison (17 years), the University of Michigan, Pratt Institute, and Catholic University of America, where he also served as acting dean.