Maryland’s iSchool Dean Honored by Association for Computing Machinery


College Park, MD (March 10, 2011)—Jenny Preece, Professor and Dean of the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, has been named to the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Academy of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI). The CHI Academy honors individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). This year, Preece is one of seven individuals being inducted into the Academy.


Preece joined the iSchool as Dean in 2005. Her research analyzes usability and sociability design issues in online communities, including empathy, lurking and posting behaviors, cross-cultural interactions, motivation, and evaluation methods. She is the author or co-author of three high-impact books: Human-Computer Interaction (1994), Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (2000) and Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (2002, 2007, 2011). She will be formally inducted into the CHI Academy during the CHI 2011 Conference to be held in Vancouver in May.

SIGCHI is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). SIGCHI members work in fields as diverse as user interface design, human factors, computer science, psychology, engineering, graphics and industrial design, entertainment, and telecommunications.


About Maryland’s iSchool


The College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, empowers people, organizations and society to use information effectively through its research and undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Maryland's iSchool enables students and faculty to create new ways for people to connect with information that will transform society and is ideally located in the information capital of the world- the Washington DC metro region. The iSchool is transforming itself as well, from a small college with a strong foundation in library and information studies programs to a fast-growing and groundbreaking center of expertise that will help people manage the information explosion from childhood to adulthood.

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