Suzie Allard (SIS), CCI associate dean for research and director of the Center for Information & Communication Studies, has been named a Chancellor’s Professor by UT Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis. “Appointment as a Chancellor’s Professor constitutes the highest honor that can be accorded a UT Knoxville faculty member. This designation recognizes extraordinary, nationally or internationally recognized, scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field as well as a record of excellence in teaching and service to the university.”
Allard is one of six newly named Chancellor’s Professors. The others are: Lou Gross (Evolutionary Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics); Wes Hines (Nuclear Engineering); Susan Riechert (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology); Jay Rubenstein (History); and Soren Sorensen (Physics and Astronomy). She joins Carol Tenopir (SIS) as CCI’s second Chancellor’s Professor out of 11 UT Chancellor’s Professors.
Allard, who was also named as the new CCI Board of Visitors Professor in March 2018, came to UT after completing her PhD in Communication at the University of Kentucky in 2003. During her academic career she has built an exemplary international leadership profile and her service to the School of Information Sciences, the college, the university and her profession has been extensive.
“Suzie Allard’s distinguished record of research, teaching, and service is recognized locally, nationally and internationally,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “She brings respect and renown to the University of Tennessee, the College of Communication and Information and the School of Information Sciences while tirelessly serving her students, colleagues, and profession.”
Allard is among the top 100 funded researchers at UT. Her continued success in obtaining grants from such organizations as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and other funding agencies is exemplary. Her outstanding work in this area makes her one of the top collaborative researchers nationally in the field of information sciences, most notably in the areas of research data management, science information, and team science. She currently serves as co-PI and UT lead on the ten-year multi-million dollar NSF DataONE project, as well as serving as PI and co-PI on many other grants over the last decade.
In 2014, Allard was the winner of the national Library Journal Teaching Award. She has mentored dozens of master's and doctoral students over the last 15 years and taught a variety of graduate-level courses.