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School Profile

The School of Information is a multidisciplinary department where faculty researchers focus on many aspects of information organization, management, or use and its impact on individuals and society. Our broadly trained and diverse faculty and student populations work towards establishing and advancing what we know about information amid massive digital shifts in contemporary society. These foci range from the philosophies of information, and studies of digital literacy or digital archives, to computational social science, data science, machine learning, and information retrieval or text mining. Beyond the wide methodological spectrum represented by the faculty, and alongside a broad commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, much of the research happening in the School focuses on behavior, and related human factors across sectors of life, to include economic or business contexts, education, health, and art.

We have faculty focused on computational science and management information systems working side by side with those focused on issues of information behavior and societal change. We house faculty who specialize in virtual/augmented reality (e.g., Bozgeyikli and Bozgeyikli), biodiversity informatics and data curation (e.g., Heidorn), natural language processing (e.g., Jansen, Bethard, Cui, Heidorn), data science (e.g., Thompson, Morrison, Bethard), neural networks (Bethard), cognitive artificial intelligence (e.g., Jansen), machine learning/artificial intelligence (e.g., Morrison), and text mining/information retrieval (e.g., Cui). Alongside those faculty with strong credibility in technical sciences, we have those who bridge methodologies and academic disciplines (e.g., Brooks works across/blends qualitative small data and aggregate data/statistics). Alongside these faculty, we have a set of information philosophers (e.g., Lenhart, Fallis and Mathiesen) studying issues of policy and property, as well as those focused on digital culture and information communities (e.g., Daly, Lenhart, Brooks), issues of information organization and related technologies (e.g., Fricke, Fulton), multimedia work, archives (e.g., Lee, Daly), collections, leadership, and libraries (e.g., Stoffle, Macaluso), and issues of justice and access (e.g., Knott, Lee).

Our broad spectrum of methodological tools (e.g., computation, informatics/analytics, social network analysis, qualitative/interpretive research), field-specific perspectives (e.g., performance, librarianship, data curation in the sciences), and paradigmatic approaches (e.g., critical cultural scholars and queer theorists working alongside positivists or systems theorists) in our information-related research make us distinct.

Student Stats

Main Campus MA: 64

ArizonaOnline MA: 127

MS: 13

PhD: 15

Undergraduate Majors Overall: 539

Undergraduate Minors Overall: 242




Sarah Kortemeier Recognized With National Poetry Prize
Sarah Kortemeier, the library director at the UA Poetry Center, has been awarded the University of Wisconsin Press' 2019 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. The prize is part of the Wisconsin Poetry Series... read more
Catherine Brooks becomes Director of the iSchool
Catherine Brooks has been appointed Director after P. Bryan Heidorn takes on his new appointment as Director of Research Initiatives for the School. Brooks brings more than 20 years of faculty... read more
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans
Our very own, Betsy Williams, PhD, was quoted in the Pew Research Center publication this past December. A snipit of that quote was also used in the publication inc.com. See the full quote below.... read more

Contact Us

School of Information
P.O. Box 210076
Harvill Building, 409
1103 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
(520) 621-3565

School Director:
Catherine F. Brooks, Ph.D.



Director of Research and Associate Director:
P. Bryan Heidorn, Ph.D.

Director Graduate Studies:
Martin Frické, Ph.D.

Director Undergraduate and Individual Studies:
Diana Daly, Ph.D.







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