Promotions and new appointments for UMSI faculty

Several appointments and promotions of current UMSI faculty become effective September 1, following actions by the Board of Regents over the past few months.

Mark Newman and Cliff Lampe have been promoted from assistant professors to the rank of associate professors with tenure.

Mark Newman was also promoted to associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, where he has been assistant professor since 2008. In 2007 he joined the faculty of the School of Information. Previously, he had worked as a researcher for seven years at the Area Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC). He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research is focused on human-computer interaction, including ubiquitous computing, collaborative system configuration, and the interconnected nature of emerging forms of interaction.

Cliff Lampe joined the faculty of the School of Information in 2011, following several years as an assistant professor in the department of telecommunication, information studies and media at Michigan State University. He holds both an MSI and PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information. His most recent research is focused on socio-technical systems in the public sector, including the potential benefit of using social media to stem the flight of talented youth from rural communities and to engage constituents in policy decisions. 

David Wallace was promoted from lecturer to clinical associate professor, effective immediately. He joined the UMSI faculty in 1997, and spent two years as a visiting assistant professor at the Catholic University of America from 2004-2006 before returning to UMSI as a lecturer. His recent work includes developing the Stories for Hope digital archive of cross-generational oral histories and dialogues in Rwanda  after the 1994 genocide. He holds a PhD in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

James Hilton, the incoming dean of libraries and university librarian, was appointed full professor in the School of Information, with tenure. Hilton spent much of his career at the University of Michigan before leaving for the University of Virginia, where he served as Chief Information Officer. While these appointments are official on September 1, effective July 1 the U-M Board of Regents named him to the newly created position of vice provost of digital educational initiatives. (See related story.)