Congratulations to Dr Brian Detlor on his appointment as Visiting Professor to the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. This appointment formalises Brian’s long-standing relationship with staff and research students in the Centre for Social Informatics.
Brian is currently Chair of Information Systems in the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He is an international scholar who bridges the academic fields of information systems, information science, and business having published extensively in both the information systems and information science disciplines. His work has appeared in leading international journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, the Journal of Information Science, the Journal of Management Information Systems, the Information Systems Journal, and the Communications of the ACM. Brian has served as North American Regional Editor for the International Journal of Information Management, and the Associate Editor for the Journal of Information, Information Technology, and Organizations. He has also held a variety of conference chair positions for international conferences including the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), and the McMaster World Congress on the Management of e-Business.
Brian has extensive teaching experience in areas of that fit well with the provision offered by the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. He has taught information systems courses at postgraduate and undergraduate levels in Canada, as well as information systems courses at DePaul University in Chicago, USA and a postgraduate course in leadership at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, USA. He has successfully supervised several PhD and Masters students.
Brian most recently visited the Centre for Social Informatics in July 2015 when he drew a large audience from across the School and beyond (for example, from Edinburgh Napier Business School, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust) to hear him deliver a presentation on his research on digital storytelling.
During his future visits to the School of Computing Brian will become further involved in a range of our activities to develop teaching and research collaborations. These include, for example, delivering presentations on his research and mentoring PhD students. He is especially keen to expand his current research on digital storytelling to forge partnerships to replicate and expand his recent success in Canada on an international scale. His next visit is planned for October 2016.
I am personally delighted with this appointment having worked with Brian on a number of initiatives over the years, both in the UK and North America. We were most recently papers co-chairs of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) held in St Louis, Missouri last November. I am very much looking forward to working with Brian further in the future, especially now that he is a fellow (visiting) colleague at Edinburgh Napier University.