UT Research Center Gets New Name, New Director

A College of Communication and Information center that provides a variety of research services for clients ranging from the FBI to Scripps Networks has a new name.

The organization’s new name, the Center for Information and Communication Studies, reflects its mission as the research arm of the college. The center formerly was known as the Center for Information Studies.

“The center has an international reputation for conducting sponsored research of the highest quality. The faculty of the College of Communication and Information are thrilled to have the center serve as the focal point for the college’s interdisciplinary sponsored research efforts,” said Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information.

The center was founded in 1989 as a branch of the School of Information Sciences. In 2002, when the school and the College of Communications formed today’s College of Communication and Information, the center became a branch of the college to better serve the faculty as a whole.

On Aug. 1, Carol Tenopir, interim director of the center since 2003, took on the role of director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies and director of research for the College of Communication and Information.

“Carol Tenopir is a world-class scholar. Her leadership of the center and of the college’s sponsored research efforts will allow the college to play an increasingly prominent role in generating high-caliber communication and information research,” Wirth said.

The Center for Communication and Information Studies facilitates and administers research in areas such as information usage, communication patterns, cybersecurity, information system design and scientific communication. The center works with private and public organizations, governmental agencies and corporations. It provides skills such as information architecture design and evaluation, systems programming, database design, technology training, and usability testing for its clients.

In addition, the center helps college faculty members submit grant proposals and hosts an annual research symposium.

The College of Communication and Information is made up of four schools: the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Information Sciences, and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. The college offers several undergraduate majors, two master’s degrees, and is home to the one of the oldest doctoral programs in communication and information in the southeastern United States.

Contacts:

April Moore, (865) 974-0463, amoore9@utk.edu
Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu

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