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Faculty Emeriti

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 Benjamin

Robert Benjamin

Professor Emeritus

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 Bonzi

Susan Monica Bonzi

Professor Emerita

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. ;If you would like to speak with her regarding the courses she teaches, she can be contacted at the above address and phone. Susan received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Robert Heckman

Robert Heckman

Professor Emeritus

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 Kwasnik

Barbara Kwasnik

Professor Emerita

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.


Michael Nilan

Michael Nilan

Professor Emeritus

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

Robert Oddy

Professor Emeritus

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.


Barbara Stripling

Barbara Stripling

Professor Emerita

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

Professor Emeritus

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

Professor Emerita

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.

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