If you are one of my advisees (and even if not, if you are just an iSchool student with a concern), note that my office hours will remain open, but via Zoom. So every Tue morning for the rest of the semester, 9-11 AM, I will be available to take your questions or help you navigate the situation we find ourselves in. Email me if you want to book a slot or need to connect at some other time. I’ll work with you. Don’t be shy about asking – we’re all trying to figure this out but the University of Texas and the iSchool remain active here, just the means of communication have changed.
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 hold a PhD in Psychology from Loughborough University, an an M.A. (1st class) from University College Cork.
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’re broadening the scope and want your papers!)
My major new focus for the next year or more 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