AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Andrew Dillon has been named the new dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at The University of Texas at Austin, effective Jan. 1, 2002.
Dillon comes from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, where he began with visiting appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for the Study of Human Capabilities in 1992-1993.
Since his full-time appointment in 1994 as associate professor of information science and informatics at Indiana, Dillon has been affiliated with computer science and the instructional systems technology core faculty in cognitive science. Since 2000, he has been director of the Indiana University Program in Human-Computer Interaction.
A native of Ireland, Dillon was educated as a psychologist at University College Cork (1980-1986, B.A., M.A.) and Loughborough University of Technology (1986-1991, Ph.D.), employed all the while by the latter’s Human Sciences and Advanced Technology Research Institute. For the past decade, he has been involved in consulting and lecturing around the world.
His teaching, doctoral students, achievements and publications focus on the field of human response to information technology. The author of numerous articles and several books, Dillon serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Journal of Digital Information, New Review of Multimedia and Hypermedia, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, and Interacting with Computers.
"The design of new information technologies can and must be improved to enhance and augment human capabilities," Dillon said. "Idle speculation and wooly theorizing in the face of commercial software developments are insufficient. Science, art and a determined search for truth can help."
Longtime faculty member and associate dean for the past year, Don Davis, will be interim dean until Dillon’s arrival.
For additional information, contact Melba Claymon, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at The University of Texas at Austin, (512) 471-2185.