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Information Sciences School

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) is recognized nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary program of excellence in the information sciences. Graduates of the School’s programs are well prepared for further study and inquiry, for leadership in the information professions, and for enlightened participation in a global information society. Our faculty and staff offer a dynamic, forward-looking program that embodies and addresses the important issues in career fields such as librarianship (Public, School, Special, Academic), archives and records management, publishing, information systems and technology, management of digital information, competitive intelligence, knowledge management, information architecture.

SIS faculty is visible internationally and highly productive in publishing scholarly articles and books. We are pleased to offer our students abundant collaborative research opportunities sponsored by employers such as Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Research at SIS

The faculty of the School of Information Sciences is committed to the conduct of basic and applied research that promotes the generation of new knowledge, services, and technology. The School also encourages research that strengthens its instructional and public service programs. The research agendas of individual faculty address a wide range of problems in library and information science, and specific projects employ diverse research methodologies. Current faculty projects, for example, focus on structures of information production and distribution, including electronic publishing, digital libraries, the implications of universal telecommunication service, and the impact information and telecommunication policies on development. Other projects focus on information seeking behavior, information user modeling and user knowledge structures. Two faculty members focus their attention on children’s use of information and children’s and young adult literature. The School deliberately embraces an eclectic and interdisciplinary approach to research in order to create an intellectual atmosphere of curiosity and creativity. Faculty are encouraged to share this effort with our students, both in classroom and by means of independent study.

Centers and Affiliated Programs

The School of Information Sciences actively collaborates with several organizations to provide opportunties for research and academic growth to both faculty and students.


Ismail Abdullahi, Lecturer
Suzie Allard, Associate Professor and Assistant Director
Tanya Arnold, Coordinator of Student Services
Kristie Atwood, Lecturer
Steve Bales, Lecturer
Denise Bedford, Lecturer
Amelia Bell, Lecturer
Dania Bilal, Professor
Kim Black, Assistant Professor
Kristina Bronstad, Lecturer
Debbie Callis, Lecturer
Margaret Casado, Lecturer
Miranda Clark, Lecturer
Edwin Cortez, Professor/Director
Eva Dodsworth, Lecturer
Kimberly Douglass, Assistant Professor
Martha Earl, Lecturer
Rachel Fleming-May, Assistant Professor
Eliut D. Flores, Lecturer
Michael T. Frame, Lecturer
Christina Goode, Lecturer
Sarah Hamilton, Lecturer
George H. Hoemann, Lecturer
Bobby R. Holt, Lecturer
Amelia Kassel, Lecturer
Cindy T. Lancaster, IT Administrator II / Technology Coordinator
Christine Lee, Lecturer
Christine “Tena” Litherland, Lecturer
Gerri Littlejohn, Program Resource Speciality
Cheryl Knott Malone, Lecturer
Kitty McClanahan, PhD Candidate, Lecturer, & Practicum Coordinator
Bharat Mehra, Associate Professor
Caramia Milloway, Lecturer
Lorraine F. Normore, Assistant Professor
Jessica Peccolo-Donnell, Lecturer
J. Michael Pemberton, Professor Emeritus
John T. Phillips, Lecturer
Linda Phillips, Lecturer
Devendra Potnis, Assistant Professor
Alice Schoo-Jerger, Lecturer
Linda Sherman, Senior Secretary
Suzanne Sherman, Lecturer
Vandana Singh, Assistant Professor, Coordinator Undergraduate Information Studies and Technology Minor
Scot Smith, Lecturer
Mary Ellen Starmer, Lecturer
Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor, Director of Research, and Director of CICS
Joan Thomas, Lecturer
Rebecca Vargha, Lecturer
Marielle Veve, Adjunct Lecturer
Marion Vose, Lecturer
Alan Wallace, Lecturer
Peiling Wang, Professor
Jinx Stapleton Watson, Associate Professor / Retired
Cindy Welch, Assistant Professor, Youth Services Coordinator
Bruce E. Wilson, Adjunct Professor


Edwin Cortez, Director
School of Information Sciences
College of Communication and Information
The University of Tennessee
451 Communications Bldg.
1345 Circle Park Dr., Suite 451
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341

Phone: (865) 974-2148



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