The Faculty of Information is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to our teaching complement.
It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that sadly, we announce Sandy Pearlman passed away July 26, 2016. Born August 8, 1943, Sandy became a multi-hyphenate wonder, becoming an outstanding producer, creator, songwriter, manager and theorist for many of the most important bands and musical trends of the last quarter century: Blue Oyster Cult, Clash, Black Sabbath, Dictators, Pavlov’s Dog, Dream Syndicate, and Space Team Electra.
Faculty of Information Assistant Professor, Patrick Keilty, made history when he co-edited the latest issue of Library Trends, “Reconfiguring Race, Gender, and Sexuality” — it is the first LIS journal dedicated entirely to race, gender, or sexuality.
The Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto has named Professor Wendy Duff as its ninth Dean, for a two-year term. After serving as Interim Dean since January, Prof. Duff’s officially became Dean as of July 1, 2016, succeeding Professor Seamus Ross, who completed his term in December 2015.
What’s in a name?
Strength—according to Professor Seamus Ross, Interim Director of the Coach House Institute (CHI). The poetic probes and multidisciplinary approaches of Marshall McLuhan in the past century have emerged as prescient for our current rapidly changing world. The McLuhan name itself stands for the strength of creative inquiry.
Recognizing outstanding commitment to volunteerism, academic excellence, and student initiatives at the Faculty of Information, Jessica Mann (pictured left) and Lillian Rigling (right) share the FIAA Outstanding Student Contribution Award for 2016.
Congratulations to Professor Chun Wei Choo, who has won one of two prestigious 2016 JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Awards at U of T for 2016.
Incredibly, over more than 20 years, Prof. Choo has supervised 14% of the Faculty’s PhD graduates—approximately three times the average!
Professor Seamus Ross has been bestowed the prestigious honour of election as a Corresponding Fellow (CorrFRSE) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), for his research leadership and advancement of the fields of digital humanities and digital curation.
A new global internship program between the iSchool and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has landed two Master of Information (MI) Program students in Paris this summer.
As a leader in museum education, visitor studies, program evaluation, and community engagement, Cathy Blackbourn (MMSt 1984) has been chosen as this year’s FIAA Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for 2016 — and will receive the prestigious honour at this year’s Faculty of Information Spring Reunion reception on Thursday, May 26.