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iSchool welcomes new staff member Rebecca B. Reynolds

The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca B. Reynolds, Ph.D., to the iSchool staff. Reynolds will be assisting faculty with grant writing and serving as managing editor of a new scholarly journal being created by the iSchool.

Reynolds position is partly funded by an external award obtained by Associate Professor Jian Qin to start an innovative new information science journal for distribution in Asia. Reynolds will serve as managing editor of the new journal, Advances in Research on Information and Technology, which is set to launch in the Summer/Fall of 2009.

Also, she is a senior grant writer on staff, supporting the iSchool faculty in proposals for external funding. She will report to associate deans Jeffrey Stanton and Robert Heckman as well as to Prof. Qin.

“As an experienced researcher, grant writer, and methodologist, Rebecca will be able to help the iSchool with identifying promising funding programs, sketching out concept papers, describing research methods, adding prose to narratives, and editing proposals under development,” Stanton says. “We’re very happy to have someone with her background and strong skills on our staff and look forward to working with her.”

Reynolds has earned a Ph.D. in mass communications from SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, as well as a Master of Arts in media studies from Newhouse, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Tufts University.

Reynolds was an instructor for the Newhouse School for the spring and fall of 2006, when she taught Communications and Society. She has worked on several grant projects at the iSchool, including serving as senior researcher on a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, in collaboration with iSchool faculty members and principal investigators Marilyn Arnone and Ruth Small.

In addition, over the past two years she has consulted as research director with a non-profit organization in New York City called the World Wide Workshop Foundation, conducting impact research and evaluation for an innovative program of Web 2.0 learning entitled Globaloria.

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