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Spring 2017 Interface Introduction

The School of Information Sciences has successfully transitioned from the directorship of Professor Ed Cortez to the newly appointed director, Professor Diane Kelly. A nationwide search was conducted to find the next director. Faculty, staff, students and alumni were involved in the process. In this new electronic issue of iNTERFACE, we will introduce our new director and say a fond farewell to our former director and share the achievements and news highlights that have occurred since our last issue in Spring 2015.

Professor Cortez Retires

Information Sciences Professor and former director, Ed Cortez, retired at the end of 2016 after 11 years of distinguished service. Upon his retirement, Cortez became 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. Many of the 849 students that graduated under his directorship have gone on to successful careers in a variety of settings.

Bilal Served as Interim Director

Professor Dania Bilal served as Interim Director during the 2015-16 academic year, as the search took place for a new director. CCI Dean Mike Wirth presented her with a plaque at the September 2016 college faculty meeting, recognizing her service. Bilal guided the SIS faculty and staff efforts to complete a successful re-accrediation process with the American Library Association. The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences remains the only ALA-accrediated program in the state.

Kelly is New Director of School of Information Sciences

Diane Kelly, an internationally known information sciences scholar, is the new director of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (SIS). She began this role on August 8, 2016.

Kelly comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a professor in the School of Information and Library Science. Her research and teaching interests focus on interactive information search and retrieval, information search behavior, and research methods.