So – online it was — a year of graduate classes via Zoom. Not my cup of tea but it all ended up being more palatable than I’d feared. It’s a new world, with the same old human frailties making sure of this. Will universities think about new possibilities in a post-pandemic era now that faculty and students have adjusted? I mean they’re shifting the cost of delivery to the domestic internet infrastructure provided by faculty members and students, so there’s room for them to think beyond offices. Let’s see what contortions ensue once the money-folks start making decisions.
After 15 years as Dean of the School of Information, I returned to life as a faculty member here in 2018. I study humans and the emerging information infrastructure, with the goal of shaping information space to serve humans better. My work engages design, human behavior, and social justice. I earned a PhD in Psychology from Loughborough University, an an M.A. (1st class) from University College Cork. I hold the V.M. Daniel Professorship here in the iSchool as well as appointments in Psychology and the School of Business. I currently serve on the Faculty Advisory Board of IC2 here at UT also.
Prior to life in Texas, I was a founding faculty member of the School of Informatics at Indiana University and a Research Fellow at Loughborough. I serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Documentation, Interacting with Computers, and am now co-editor of Information & Culture (we’ve broadened the scope and want your papers!)
Read my InfoMatters blog to get some of my latest words on all matters information-related. In the last year I’ve been filmed and interviewed several times on the topic of humans’ need to collect things. Seems I’m not the only one who thinks this area is not well theorized. I’ll be writing more on this in due course.
My major focus for the rest of this year is a book examining the nature of users. I want to us to rethink user-centered design to consider the full human experience, from physical to social, and this book will explain my argument for the ‘vertical slice’ through the layers of boundaries in social science. We are all physical, perceptual, cognitive, social and cultural beings in one material form. Let’s design for that! More about me and my work can be found in the links below, feel free to reach out. Email is my preferred channel – adillon @ ischool.utexas.edu