TORONTO, ON – Five new faculty members have joined the University of Toronto’s Information School (iSchool) for the 2012/13 academic year teaching and researching in the areas of museum studies, communications, databases, and libraries. These professors round out a full complement of expertise for the Faculty’s 20 full-time professors and more than 30 adjunct instructors.
Originally from Greece and with a degree in engineering, Periklis Andritsos has joined us as an Assistant Professor to teach databases — a new field for the iSchool. He holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from U of T. Dr. Andritsos’ research focuses on the analysis of large repositories and, more specifically, the structure discovery in order to facilitate design and speed up querying.
Costis Dallas joins the iSchool as an Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies after 15 years teaching and researching in the field of cultural heritage management and advanced technologies with the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University, Athens. His research interests are mainly in the field of digital heritage and museum informatics.
Patrick Kielty comes to us as an Assistant Professor in the library portfolio. His writing examines and critiques knowledge structures, digital culture, digital humanities, gender and sexuality, intersectionality, and science and technology studies. Prof. Keilty’s teaching interests also include information structures, information behavior, critical theory, sexual representation, and queer media, art, and technology.
With expertise in cultural and communication theory, Irina Mihalache will be an Assistant Professor, arriving in January 2013 to teach in Museum Studies. Dr. Mihalache received her MA in French Studies from New York University and her PhD in Communication from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Her research and teaching interests revolve around museum studies, food cultures, space theory and television studies.
Joining us to offer a new area at the iSchool, Leslie Shade comes to us as an Associate Professor of Communications. Her research focus is on the social and policy aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with particular concerns towards issues of gender, youth and political economy.
“These professors infuse new expertise and teaching strength to our outstanding faculty complement, and I am excited that our students will benefit from the innovative research and scholarship that each of these new hires brings to the Faculty of Information,” says Dean Seamus Ross.
Full faculty biographies and research are available at http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/news/2012/u-t-s-faculty-information-expands-with-five-appointments
About the Faculty of Information
Also known as the Information School, the iSchool is a professional and research faculty that educates leaders in a variety of information fields focusing on the human context of a rapidly changing information environment. From archives to digital collections, information systems to issues of policy and security, the Faculty examines how information in all its forms, whether cultural, technological, or archival, interacts with society, and how it helps to shape, and is shaped by, technological and human concerns. For more information, visit www.ischool.utoronto.ca.
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