Join us in honoring iSchool Faculty Emeriti, retired faculty members who have been honored upon retirement for their past and expected future contributions to Syracuse University and to their fields of study.
Bob's interests are the management of information technology-enabled change, strategic application of information technology, the evolution of information infrastructures and the societal implications of information technology. He was a Visiting Research Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is engaged in research activities at MIT's Center for Information Systems Research, and Management in the 90's Program. Bob also has a consulting practice in strategic management of information technology. He retired at the end of 1988 from Xerox where he was a manager of Strategic Planning for the Corporation's Information Systems function. Bob had been with Xerox since 1971, during which time he held positions in all facets of information systems management.
Susan Monica Bonzi
Susan's research interests center on bibliometric, image retrieval, and linguistics applications in information science. She teaches in the area of information presentation and computer programming. Susan received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bob taught strategic management of information resources, information industry strategies, and information consulting. His research interests include Strategy and Planning for Information Resources, and Teaching and Learning Strategies for Information Professionals. Previously, Bob had more than 20 years experience in the information services industry as a senior manager of data processing operations, systems development, and information systems marketing. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
Barbara taught in the areas of organization of information, theory of classification, and information science. Her research interests focused on how classifications intersected with everyday human endeavor – for example, how they are translated from one culture or application to another. Previous research, with professor Kevin Crowston, included investigating whether genre information can help in searching, personal information management, and browsing. She retired in 2018.
After receiving her doctorate from the iSchool in 1988, Liz Liddy became a full-time faculty member, serving on the faculty until being named interim dean in 2007, then dean in 2008. She served as the iSchool’s dean until May, 2019, except for a short time in 2015-2016 when she was selected by Chancellor Kent Syverud as interim provost and vice chancellor of the University.
Over the course of her career, she led 70 research projects and authored 110 research papers, established and directed the iSchool’s Center for Natural Language Processing, and led the iSchool to a prestigious international standing. She has also gained prominence for the iSchool for its leading-edge programs, a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and immersion studies, and an impressive record of promoting the education and careers of women in technology.
Mike was a researcher and lecturer on user-based information system design and cognitive information seeking and information use behaviors. Mike’s most recent efforts were directed towards the development and maintenance of "virtual communities" using the World Wide Web as a medium to organize resources for collaborative work according to temporal and spatial analysis of patterns in users' perceived problem structures. Mike was also involved in several projects which are focused on understanding the perceptions of virtual community members associated with WWW-based communication sites, including research in user-based interaction design approach that employs end-user understandings of processes as the starting point for system design.
Robert Oddy was a university teacher and researcher in the field of Information Science. Oddy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Durham, England. Computing has been a part of both my Oddy's graduate education and my work ever since. I have a Master of Science degree from Durham in Computing and a Ph.D in Information Retrieval from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Oddy taught college students at all levels, and contributed quite a few research papers to the academic literature on Information Retrieval. Oddy resigned from his Full Professorship at Syracuse University in May 1997 to devote himself to creating stained glass art.
Ruth V. Small
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor Emerita
Ruth Small received her doctorate in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University's School of Education and was on the faculty of the iSchool from 1989 - 2018. During her tenure, she served as director of the Library and Information Science program for three years and the LIS-School Media program for 22 years. During that time, she received four teaching awards, including “Teacher of the Year” (SU Alumni Assoc., 2004), “Graduate Professor of the Year” (iSchool, 1996), Excellence in Online Teaching Award (WISE, 2015) and SU’s highest teaching award, the Meredith Professorship for Teaching Excellence (2006). In 2001, she created the iSchool’s first distance learning program and the nation’s first web-based LIS graduate program. Ruth is the founding director of the iSchool's Center for Digital Literacy, an interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development center, and has been awarded 25 external grants, to date, for which she has served as PI or co-PI. Her research has focused on the motivational aspects of information use by both children and adults in a variety of contexts and she has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including eight books, and has served on the editorial boards of four professional journals. Her research earned her the ALA Carroll Preston Baber Research Award in 2001 and the AASL Highsmith Research Award in 1997.
Barbara taught at the iSchool from 2012 - 2018 where she used her position on the faculty as an opportunity to impact the profession of librarianship through her teaching, research, and writing. She came to the iSchool after serving as director of school library programs in New York City, where she used her leadership skills to focus on building a nurturing and supportive community and strong guidance for all the school librarians. Barbara was elected to the role of President of the American Library Association (ALA) for a one-year term in 2013. In that role, she served ALA members in all types of libraries by championing intellectual freedom, privacy, and advocacy for all types of libraries, public funding for libraries, legislative action, equitable access to information, and community-building and civic engagement through libraries.
Zixiang (Alex) Tan
Zixiang (Alex) Tan has worked in the telecommunications field for more than fifteen years. He previously spent time in the telecommunications field in various organizations including a Chinese central government agency, in Alcatel's European branch, and a research center at the University of Nebraska. In addition, he has completed consulting projects for many multinational corporations including AT&T (Lucent Technology), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Scientific-Atlanta, BellSouth, Space Systems/Loral, Vodafone, Telesystem, IDC, and others. Alex received his Ph. D. degree in Telecommunications Policy and Management from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Alex has a second Master’s degree in Communications and Information Technology Policy from SPRU of the University of Sussex in the UK.
Gisela von Dran
Gisela Von Dran is a former Director of the Master of Science in Library and Information Science Program; she has also taught management courses at the graduate level as well the freshmen gateway course. She has conducted research on the management of information based organizations, information interfaces, and quality web design. Gisela received her Ph.D in Public Administration at Arizona State University.