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Suzie Allard, associate dean for research in the College of Communication and Information, has been selected as the third recipient of the CCI Board of Visitors Professorship.

Suzie Allard
Suzie Allard

Allard also serves the college as a professor in the School of Information Sciences and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies.

“I am delighted that my work as a researcher, scholar, and teacher has been recognized with this wonderful honor, and I thank the Board of Visitors, whose generosity established the professorship. This award provides me with opportunities to serve CCI, UT, and the discipline through new venues,” Allard said.

Allard has taught students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels while chairing dozens of PhD dissertations, master’s theses, and ePortfolio committees. Her excellence as a teacher was recognized nationally with the Library Journal Teaching Award in 2014. Allard also supports the next generation of faculty scholars through mentoring.

Allard’s research focuses on how scientists and engineers use and communicate information and data. She has presented her work across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

During her 14 years at UT, Allard has been first author or coauthor on 41 refereed journal articles, five book chapters, and 37 conference proceedings. She has been the principal or co-principal investigator for more than $10 million in successful grants from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Sloan Foundation, IEEE, and the US Geological Survey. She notably serves as co-PI on DataONE, a cyberinfrastructure project funded by the National Science Foundation, which has created technologies for finding and using ecological and environmental data produced by scientists around the world.

All tenured faculty in the college are eligible for the three-year rotating endowed professorship, created to recognize and reward outstanding CCI faculty members whose research, creative activity, teaching, and academic and professional service have uniquely contributed to the mission of their school, the college, and the university. Made possible by the generous gifts of a number of current and past members of the college’s Board of Visitors, the professorship provides a salary supplement that recipients can use to pursue their research interests and professional activities.

The previous two faculty to hold the BOV Professorship were Mark Littmann, professor and Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, and Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor in the School of Information Sciences.

Visit the CCI Board of Visitors website for more information.


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