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Carol TenopirCarol Tenopir, a Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Information Sciences, is the first recipient of a new endowed professorship in the College of Communication and Information (CCI).

The CCI Board of Visitors Professorship was made possible by generous gifts from donors, including current and former members of the college’s Board of Visitors.

The professorship was established to recognize and reward outstanding college faculty whose research, creative activity, teaching, and academic and professional service have uniquely contributed to the mission of their school, the college, and the university.

“The establishment of this professorship allows the college to provide extra financial support to its best faculty members and to recognize their achievements,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “We are grateful to the college’s Board of Visitors and the other donors who made this possible. We also are very pleased to name Carol Tenopir, one of the college’s most distinguished faculty members, as the inaugural holder of this professorship.”

All tenured faculty in the college are eligible for consideration for the endowed professorship, which lasts for three years and provides a supplement to their salary that they are free to use in pursuing their research interests and professional activities.

Tenopir is the college’s director of research and also leads the Center for Information and Communication Studies. She recently was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished work in information sciences, notably in the ongoing study of the online information industry and scholarly reading patterns of scientists.

“I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of the first CCI Board of Visitors Professorship,” said Tenopir. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to continue to work on an agenda of excellence with my great colleagues in the college and on the Board of Visitors.”

For more information about Tenopir, visit her page on the college’s website.

Read more about the college’s Board of Visitors on the website here.


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