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Mission, Vision, and Values

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Mission, vision, and values guide the School of Information Sciences (SIS) as it embraces and shapes the future as an iSchool.


The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences:

Enriching our communities through outstanding research, education, and public service that advance the frontiers of Information.


SIS will:

  • Create value through meaningful engagement for a diverse and pluralistic information ecology;
  • Advance original ideas for an information society through inquiry, discovery, scholarship, and creative activity;
  • Lead by preparing ethical, innovative, and reflective information professionals.


As a land-grant institution committed to excellence, SIS values:

  1. Diversity and inclusion, respect for all opinions and people, free exchange of ideas, and academic freedom;
  2. Intellectual curiosity, reflectiveness, and lifelong learning;
  3. Rigor in research, scholarship, teaching, and service;
  4. Student, community and professional engagement;
  5. Adaptability, agility, and flexibility in all we do, using data-driven and transparent decision-making.

Updated: 10/26/2015.