The School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University announces Dr. Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been named Interim Director as of July 1.
Harper previously served as the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. “Because I have had the pleasure of working directly with Dr. Harper on several initiatives over the years, I have seen her terrific leadership skills in action," said Amy Reynolds, dean of the College of Communication and Information. "What I appreciate most about Dr. Harper’s leadership approach is her commitment to the ethic of care. She builds strong relationships with and between students, faculty, staff and our programs, and we are all better as a result.”
For her part, Harper sees the Kent State playing a leadership role in the intersection of information, communication and technology fields. "I believe the programs of study we offer in our School of Information prepare students for unlimited career possibilities," Harper said. "Information and communication are essential aspects of most professions and students have almost limitless opportunities to use the skills and knowledge they have gained in this professional preparation program to immediately begin contributing in an information environment which is not discipline specific."
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In other Kent State iSchool news, Dr. Kendra Albright, Ph.D. has been appointed, to the Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management. This professorship is endowed by generous support from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
As the Goodyear Chair, Dr. Albright will combine the strengths of our nationally ranked School of Information with a vision for the development of new leaders in the knowledge management (KM) profession. Our commitment to the KM program complements the iSchool’s current strengths in library and information science, health informatics, information interaction, knowledge organization systems and usability design. This will build bridges between the academy and professional practice in industry, government, and other institutions.
Dr. Albright has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate level courses in knowledge management, including Business Intelligence, Environmental Scanning and Information Economics at four institutions in three countries (the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia).
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