Brian L Atkinson

About Brian L Atkinson

Brian has worked the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona for nearly two decades and served in a variety of roles ranging from assistant dean, director, manager, analyst to lecturer.
The majority of his career is characterized by entrepreneurial, collaborative, communicative and transparent leadership while founding and directing the most comprehensive college technical services office at the UA. Also included in his portfolio were the development and management of renovation and construction projects for over 175,000NASF of college property. Finally, he championed, lead and promoted a university-wide technology governance structure that continues to be used.

Brian has been a Lecturer in the School of Information ( previously known as the School of Information Resources & Library Sciences), and taught a wide-range of data-influenced courses for more than a decade in both traditional classroom and online environments.

He is also the Managing Principal for Secure Information Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that supports information security and data architecture in non-profit organizations and small/medium-sized private sector companies. 

Prior to working in adminstration, he worked as an analyst in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute and for the University of Arizona Police Department.  He is a veteran of the US Navy, being honorably discharged after serving as a Quartermaster (aka navigator) in the late 1980's and while recalled to active duty during the first Gulf War.
Brian is a member of the Educause Quarterly Review editorial committee and has attended both the Educause Management and Leadership Institutes.     

Areas of Study

Brian's study of the impact of language in position postings, professional literature and the roles of higher education information executives relies on his more theoretical work in Information Alchemy (IA). IA is the study and analysis of extremely large quantities of quantitative data, akin to 'Big Data', using qualitative and natural language processing methodologies supported by High Performance Computing (HPC) environments.


Research Interests

Data-Driven Decision Making (3DM), Data Architecture, Natural Language Processing, Information Management & Leadership, and Statistics.


Selected Publications

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Contact Information

Brian L Atkinson
Telephone: 520-626-3909
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PhD,  Information Science

The University of Arizona

Defended 12/21/2017


MLS, Information Resources & Library Sciences

The University of Arizona



BFA, Design

The University of Arizona



Dissertation Title

Lead to Gold, Information Alchemy: New Tools to Access the Impact of Language Encountered by Higher Education Information Executives

Courses Taught

Great Ideas of the Information Age (ISTA 100)
Ethics in a Digital World (ISTA 161)
Success Skills for the Social Sciences (SBS 197a)
Network Security Principles (NETV 371)
Application and Theory of Network Administration (NETV 372)
Routing: Theories and Applications (NETV374)
Advanced Routing and WAN Technologies (NETV 375)
Communication Technology (Comm 209)
Human Centered Information Techologies (Comm311)
Images: Past, Present, and Future (ISTA 352)
Human Factors of information systems (IRLS 575)
Research Methods (IRLS 506)
Introduction to Information Technologies (IRLS 571)
Decision-Making for Library & Information Professionals (IRLS 613)


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences