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July 17, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015                                                                            

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Associate Professor Beth Avery presented 2 papers at the International Communication Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May 2015 with Missy Graham (PhD/C&I ’14) and doctoral student Sejin Park.

Avery, E.J. & Park, S., “Effects of crisis efficacy on intentions to follow directives during crisis.” 

Graham, M., Avery, E.J., & Park, S., “Local government-citizen relationships:  Using the coorientational approach to analyze the effectiveness of the relationship.”

Avery, Graham and Park also published “The role of social media in local government crisis communications” in the September 2015 issue of Public Relations Review.

Associate Professor Lisa Fall provided information for the discussion, “Ask the experts: The pros & cons of staycations,” for WalletHub, a national blog.



Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis presented a number of papers and engaged in a number of service activities including:

Presented a co-authored paper, “Factors Influencing Adoption of e-Books by Students,” at the 2015 International Conference of Association of Global Management Studies held at Columbia University, New York, in June 2015. His co-authors were with Dr. Kanchan Deosthali (U. of Mary Washington), David Elliott (MS/IS ‘14), and Sarah Fesmire (MS/IS ‘14).

Presented his co-authored paper, “Mobile banking for the unbanked poor without mobile phones: Comparing three innovative mobile banking services in India,” at the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences – Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Developing Countries minitrack.

Served as an article reviewer for the following journals: IT and International Development, IT for Development, International Journal of ICT and Human Development, IT and People, and the following conferences: 2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems, and the 78th Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology.

Served as a poster judge for the 37th CCI Research Symposium in Feb 2015.  

Selected as one of 17 UT faculty members to attend the National Institutes of Health’s Bi-annual Regional Seminar held in Baltimore in May 2015.

Selected as the first recipient of the Gloria and David Sharrar Faculty Research Award. The fellowship will support his research work about developing mobile banking indicators and educating LIS students to serve as mobile technology consultants for the next year.

Assistant Professor Wade Bishop’s article, “Exploring the GIS knowledge domain using CiteSpace,” was published in The Professional Geographer. It was co-authoredwith Fangwu Wei and Tony H. Grubesic (both of Drexel U.)


Congratulations to Reid Boehm for successfully completing and defending his dissertation. Thanks to his dissertation chair Professor Suzie Allard and his other committee members: Professor Ed Cortez, Assistant Professor Wade Bishop, and Professor Kim Jensen (Ag&RE). The title of Dr. Boehm’s dissertation is “Dimensions of access to traceability information for US beef cattle producers: Merging information frameworks for assessment and visualization of state web-based resources in an effort to strengthen national security connections between government and cattle farming operations.”

Boehm was recently named one of four recipients of the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship in the area of Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences. His host institution will be the University of Notre Dame.


Doctoral student Frances Nichols (Bachstein) was selected for the highly competitive Internet Research 16 Doctoral Colloquium to convene in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2015, ( She was also selected for the annual OII Summer Doctoral Programme operated by the University of Oxford in Oxford, UK during July 2015, ( She is the second UT SIS student selected to attend (Todd Suomela attended in 2013).


Doctoral student Judy Li’s paper, “Serving as an educator: A southern case in embedded librarianship,” was selected as a winning paper in the prestigious Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2015. The paper was originally published in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship, in 2012.





August 13

JEM Faculty/ Staff Retreat

August 19

Fall Semester Classes Begin

September 7

Labor Day

September 11

SIS Faculty/Staff Retreat

September 25

UTK Future Faculty Event

September 28 – October 1

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week

October 9

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

October 15 – 16

Fall Break

November 6

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting

November 6

CCI Awards & Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

November 7

CCI Tailgate (3 hours prior to kickoff)

November 13

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

November 26


December 1

Last Day of Classes

December 2

Study Day/CCI Holiday Party

December 10

Graduate Hooding

December 11

Fall Commencement


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