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Hall to Receive Clarivate Analytics Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is delighted to announce that Professor Hazel Hall is the 2019 recipient of the ASIS&T/Clarivate Analytics Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. The award’s purpose is to recognize the unique teaching contribution of an individual as a teacher of information science.

The Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award was established in 1980 and is sponsored by Clarivate Analytics.

Professor Hall was selected as the winner from among a pool of outstanding candidates who were judged based on these criteria: evidence of sustained and unique contributions to teaching information science; impact on students, colleagues, and institutions; innovative and imaginative teaching materials and methods; professional association activities related to teaching excellence; research activities related to teaching excellence; and previous teaching awards.

Hall is a Professor of Social Informatics in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University and Docent in Information Studies in the School of Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi, Finland.

In nominating Professor Hall for this award, Prof. Frances Ryan wrote, “Professor Hazel Hall has developed a strong Information Science teaching profile over the past three decades. This has had lasting impact on her students, colleagues, and the institutions with whom she has partners. Her innovative and imaginative teaching methods, as highlighted in the documents supplied with this application, demonstrate a strong passion for teaching through approaches that entertain, and are enjoyed, by her students (as well as ensure that they meet their learning objectives). Hazel’s enthusiasm and talent for teaching is also evident in her research track record. Her research and consultancy activities – often in partnership with professional associations – have had direct impact on the training provision of professional organisations and communities of library and information Science professionals. In addition, the publication of more than 20 papers related to innovations in teaching, literacies, and learning both record these activities, and demonstrate a desire to disseminate good practice in teaching.”

Dr. Brian Detlor of McMaster University wrote in his letter of support, “My greatest support for Hazel’s nomination for this award is my own first-hand witness of Hazel’s passion and interest in teaching, and the care and concern she elicits upon her students. She pours hours upon hours into the development of her courses, and spends an abundance of energy on the nurturing of her many PhD students. Hazel simply goes way beyond the normal duties expected of a teacher and truly cares for the success and well-being of her students.”

Tessa Darley, a former student of Professor Hall, wrote, “Hazel is an inspiration to her students, consistently encouraging, assisting and firing an interest in knowledge and information management in her students, thereby ensuring a wave of well-educated, curious and enthusiastic new entrants to the profession every year.”

Upon learning of her selection as the 2019 Clarivate Analytics Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award winner, Professor Hall said, “I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the Clarivate Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2019. I’d like to thank those who nominated me, the members of the judging panel and (of course) all the students who so willingly and enthusiastically participate in my class activities.”

Professor Hall will receive her award at the 2019 meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, October 19-23, 2019.