2015 Candidate for President-Elect
Sanda Erdelez is a Professor and Program Chair at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri (MU). She was the Associate Director for Education at MU Informatics Institute and the founding director of the MU Information Experience Laboratory. She also had a prior academic appointment at The University of Texas at Austin. Sanda holds a Bachelors of Law and a Masters of Law degree from University of Osijek, Croatia and received a PhD in Information Transfer from Syracuse University, while on a Fulbright scholarship. Her research focuses on human information behavior and usability evaluation of information systems. Since joining ASIS&T in 1988 she actively contributed as a member of several annual meeting program committees, AM track chair and mentor for Future ASIS&T Leaders. She has been an active member of SIG USE since its formation and has served as its Chair, research symposium organizer, and Treasurer. Sanda regularly reviews for JASIS&T and is as a faculty co-mentor for the ASIS&T student chapter at MU. Presently she is a member of the ASIS&T Board of Directors and the Board’s liaison with the Membership Committee.
As an association of information researchers and professionals we have been historically focused on advancing knowledge about information and information technologies. During the last few years, ASIS&T rebranded itself and made progress in several important initiatives: expanding its scope as an international organization, incorporating social media in its communication, and using the membership input to shape its activities and web presence.
As President I will continue to:
- Grow ASIS&T as an international organization;
- Expand ongoing conversations with SIGs and all categories of membership (especially students, junior academics and practitioners) to better understand and serve their unique needs; and
- Systematically evaluate and report on progress we achieved towards reaching our strategic goals and objectives, in order to grow successes and improve.
As ASIS&T continues to change we should:
- Demonstrate how synergy of our theories, research and services can contribute to the resolution of pressing problems in the lives of individuals, communities and the society at large;
- Cross-connect our research themes, align them with critical target areas of engagement (for example, environment, health, social justice) and develop partnerships with domain experts;
- Allocate organizational resources for programmatic activities that support exchange of ideas and project collaboration in these areas; and
- Inspire and engage all the members to create a visible impact as we strive to become the premier global organization for information and technology.
Towards these goals, I will lead ASIS&T with my enthusiasm, innovative thinking, capacity to navigate change, and commitment to shared decision-making.