Information Sciences Professor and former director, Ed Cortez, will retire at the end of this year after 11 years of distinguished service. Upon his retirement, Cortez will become a Professor Emeritus.
Under Cortez’s leadership, IS joined the iSchool organization to further strengthen its position as an integrated program serving the evolving needs of information science professionals. Academic research and scholarship thrived during his time as director, and several graduates have gone on to successful academic careers.
Cortez, who came to UT as IS director in 2005, played a major role in integrating the School of Information Sciences into the College of Communication and Information. The school became part of CCI in 2003, two years prior to Cortez’s arrival. By creating imaginative and productive events and initiatives, he helped the formerly freestanding school become a valued and productive part of the CCI community.
During his time at UT, Cortez negotiated a number of memorandums of understanding between UT and universities in Puerto Rice, Africa and Europe. He also further developed the distance education program to better connect with students participating in other cities and states.
From a scholarly perspective, Cortez has written books, peer review journal articles and conference proceedings that describe and evaluate the management of information systems and technology from a variety of organizational perspectives. He is also a frequent presenter at national and international conferences in the fields of information science and educational technology.
He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Catholic University of America (where he served as acting dean), the Pratt Institute and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Libraries Association (ALA) Committee on Education (COE). During his career he served two non-consecutive terms on the ALA Committee on Accreditation, and as a member of the Middle States Accreditation Association. In the 1990s he was appointed as a Regent to the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health by Donna Shalala, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Clinton Administration.
Cortez holds a BS in History from Wagner College, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona and a PhD in Information Science and Management Communication from the University of Southern California.