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January 15, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016                                                                   

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Associate Dean for Research and SIS Professor Suzie Allard and CS Associate Professor Courtney Wright are two of seven faculty members selected from across the campus to deliver a lecture for the spring semester Honors Faculty Lecture Series. Wright will deliver her lecture, “Embracing opportunities: Conflict management and difficult dialogues,” on January 21, 2016 at the Baker Center. Allard will deliver her lecture, “Team Science: Tackling science brick by brick,” on February 4, 2016.


Associate Professor Bharat Mehra’s presentation, “A community engagement framework to apply action research and further social justice and social equity for underserved populations,” was part of a panel, “Strategies for change: Qualitative LIS research methods and furthering social justice,” during the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, January 5-8, 2016. He also served as a judge of the conference’s 2015-2016 Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition.

Mehra and Associate Professor Vandana Singh’s paper, “A social justice framework to further community engagement in Pakistan’s information management and library professions,was presented by conference organizers and published in the conference proceedings at the International Conference on Information Management & Libraries, Department of Information Management, University of Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore-Pakistan, November 10-13, 2015.

Mehra, Assistant Professor Wade Bishop, and Robert Partee (SIS master’s student) will present a poster paper that will also be published in the conference proceedings, “Community partnerships to further the role of rural public libraries in small business economic development: A case study of Tennessee,” during the iConference 2016: Partnership With Society, March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis’ activities at the 2016 ALISE Conference included:

  • Serving as a judge for the Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition, and
  • Moderating a session on School Media Education/Leadership Education.

Assistant Professor Wade Bishop presented findings from a research project, “Harvesting information partnerships for geospatial data education and outreach (HIPGEO),” at the winter meeting of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Federation along with SIS students Jeni Trimmer and Lara Marler.

Bishop’s co-authored paper with Tony H. Grubesic (Arizona State U.) and Theresa Parrish (MS/IS ’14), “Collaborative development and assessment of student learning outcomes for LIS electives,” was published in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. 

Assistant Professor Carolyn Hank gave a talk, “The impact of digital curation tools and projects in the classroom,” at CurateGear 2016: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on January 14, 2016. The talk shared on results from a study undertaken with Assistant Professor Awa Zhu. 


Professor Barb Kaye was named a faculty fellow by National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and will attend NATPE’s annual conference in Miami, Florida, January 19 – 21, 2016. The goal of the Faculty Fellowship Program is to expose the educational community to current television issues and practices, and to foster improved communication and cooperation between educators and the industry.



January 18

MLK Holiday

February 19

CCI Experience Diversity Banquet

February 24

CCI 38th Annual Research Symposium

March 2

International Lunch

March 14 – 18

Spring Break

March 25

Spring Recess

March 28 – 31

UT Social Media Week

March 25

Spring Recess

April 4 – 5

SIS Accreditation Committee site visit

April 6

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting with Chancellor and Provost, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

April 11

CCI, ADPR, & JEM Honors Convocation

April 29

Last Day of Classes

April 29

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

May 2

Communication Studies Student Awards Ceremony

May 2

Study Day

May 3 – 10

Final Exams

May 12

CCI Commencement, 11:30 a.m., Thompson-Boling Arena (TBA)

May 12

UT Graduate Hooding Ceremony, 7 p.m., TBA

May 13

SIS Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., Carousel Theater

May 30

Memorial Day


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