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Awards & Recognition


Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

  • Teaching Excellence Award, 2007

Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIST)

  • SIG USE Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award, 2017
  • SIG Publication-of-The-Year Award 2008
    • Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today.
  • SIG-of-the-year Award (Served as chair of SIG USE in 2002/2003), 2003

University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information

  • Distinguished Administrative Service Award, 2015-2016
  • Research Achievement Award, 2007, 2003


  • University of Tennessee, NOTES from the Chancellor, KUDOS List. (September 7, 2016).
  • Featured in Tennessee Today, University of Tennessee. Google Faculty Research Award recipient.
  • University of Tennessee, Quest Scholar of the Week (November 2014).
  • Faculty Trailblazers: CCI Spotlights Bilal, Caudill, February 19, 2015.
  • Interviewed and featured on YouTube by the media in Bogota, Colombia following an invited conference presentation (November 2010) .
  • Interviewed and featured in Scoop Magazine (College of Communication and Information) about research project on children with autism (spring 2010).
  • Interviewed and featured in School Library Journal. Topic: Children’s use of the Web (May 2005).
  • Interviewed by Discovery Education about children’s information seeking, needs, and system design (May 2005).
  • Interviewed by Andrew Trotter, staff writer for Education Week who quoted me as an expert on children’s use of the Web in this article: Web searches often overwhelm young researchers: New search engines aimed at children’s needs seek to clear confusion. December 1, 2004.
  • Children’s use of the Yahooligans! Web search engine. I. Cognitive, physical, and affective behaviors on fact-based tasks, Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51 (7), 646-665, was among the top ten most cited articles across the University of Tennessee system in 2004. The same article has been placed in the top 1% within its field, according to Essential Science Indicators (