On Tuesday, June 1st, 2010, Dr. Gwat-Yong Lie commenced her responsibilities as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at UW-Milwaukee. Dr. Lie was appointed Interim Associate Dean after Dr. Hope A. Olson took over as Interim Dean of the School of Information Studies in early May. 

Lie comes from the Helen Bader School of Social Work where she has served as Associate Professor since 1996. She also has experience in administration, having served as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Services for the Graduate School at UWM. 

At the Helen Bader School of Social Work, Lie has dedicated her career to pursuing social advocacy and activism. She has been very effective in winning grants and attracting funding to UWM. Since 2001, she has been Principal Investigator and Project Administrator for a UWM- Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare partnership to offer in-service training for child protective services staff, as well as newly recruited prospective foster parents. She has also worked with Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee, Inc. to study and evaluate integrated intervention and treatment services for homeless adults suffering from addiction to substances and mental illness. 

“The service component of social work and library science was one of the big reasons we chose Dr. Lie,” said Olson. “Dr. Lie’s track-record for community service is unmatched.”

Lie’s duties at SOIS will include working with faculty in the areas of research and funding. Since 2008, SOIS has begun to cultivate three distinct research tracks: information policy, information organization and information retrieval. The school, along with the university, has made significant strides in achieving acclaim as a research institution.

“Dr. Lie’s experience at the Graduate School can help us immensely” said Interim Dean Olson.  “As we work towards re-accreditation with the American Library Associate (ALA), Dr. Lie will continue to help promote our research agenda. We anticipate that with her commitment to academic and community outreach, she will provide great leadership and insights for SOIS.”

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The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee offers several degrees and programs including the Bachelor of Science in Information Resources, Master of Library and Information Science (accredited by the American Library Association), and Ph.D. in Information Studies. With a growing student body of more than 800, SOIS strives to meet the demand for information professionals at all levels in libraries, archives, corporations, government agencies, schools, and other institutions, and in higher education. SOIS is a leader in online education and currently enrolls students from all regions of the United States and from countries around the world. For more information about the school, its faculty, and its programs, see or call 1-888-349-3432.

Daniel Rude
Communications Assistant
School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee