Three LIS Faculty Members Granted Tenure

The Department of Library and Information Science takes great pleasure in announcing that the Board of Trustees of the University voted to grant appointment with continuous tenure, and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, three members of our faculty:  Dr. Renate Chancellor, Dr. Sue Yeon Syn, and Dr. Jane Zhang.

Dr. Renate Chancellor

Dr. Renate Chancellor received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching interests include legal information seeking behavior, multicultural library and information services, library and information science education, and social justice in library and information science. Dr. Chancellor is professionally active in the American Library Association, the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and several other professional associations. She is recipient of the ALISE Leadership Award in 2012 and the ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. She is also a University Pre-Law Advisor. Dr. Chancellor joined The Catholic University of America Library and Information Science faculty in 2009.

Dr. Sue Yeon Syn

Dr. Sue Yeon Syn joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science in 2011 after earning a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science. Her research interests focus on social media and social informatics, and user involvement in information creation and sharing. She uses social media as a channel for users to participate in creating information, and applies various methods to make the best use of user generated information for different purposes such as metadata generation, information organization, and information sharing. Her research also addresses user’s information behavior in social media settings. Her research projects include understanding user generated tags for digital humanities collection and analyzing users’ activities in social media for health-related information sharing and personal documentation. Recent publications focus on her research of health information and tagging behavior in social media.

Dr. Jane Zhang

Dr. Jane Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies with archives concentration from Simmons College, Boston, and a joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the faculty of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America in 2011, Dr. Zhang worked at the Harvard University Archives and the University of Calgary Archives. She teaches courses in Archives Management, Digital Curation, Electronic Records and Digital Archives, Organization of Information, and Metadata. Her research areas cover records and recordkeeping, digital archival representation, and archival education and scholarship. Her research papers appeared in key archival journals and other LIS journals such as ArchivariaAmerican Archivist, Archives and Manuscripts, Journal of Archival Organization, Records Management Journal, Information and Culture, Knowledge Organization, and Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.

Congratulations to all three of these faculty!

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