Dillon Named 2017-18 Follett Chair

May 16, 2017

Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas-Austin, has accepted appointment as the holder of the 2017-18 Follett Chair in Library and Information Science. This prestigious appointment is the highest academic honor bestowed by SOIS upon a master researcher and scholar who has achieved renown in the profession. The Follett Chair is selected annually for his or her outstanding teaching ability and superior scholarly achievement. Dr. Dillon will teach a course in the spring 2018 semester and present the annual Follett Lecture in April 2018.

Andrew Dillon, 2017-18 Follett ChairDillon, a psychologist and information scientist specializing in the human and social impact of information technologies, served as dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas-Austin from 2002-2017 where he also holds the Yule Regents Professorship in Information. An expert on human-computer interaction and design, he has published extensively on user behavior, usability and acceptability, and the impact of digital design on information activities. He served as President of ASIST in 2013, is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Documentation and Interacting with Computers, and series editor for the UT book series on Information Studies. An advocate for human rights in the information world, Dr. Dillon is also on the board of directors for Patient Privacy Rights and the advisory board of Rosenfeld Media.

“I believe in the design of an information infrastructure that emphasizes social justice, human rights and the augmentation of people’s lives," says Dillon. "Dominican University’s  mission of creating of a more humane world through education aligns directly with my own values. I am grateful for the opportunity provided by the Follett Chair to engage in mutually enriching research and discussions  with faculty and students at the university to advance our understanding of how to strengthen human values in our emerging information world."