SLIS faculty are distinguished leaders who practice the professions they teach--and pride themselves on being personal mentors to their students. Our faculty includes award-winning teachers, accomplished storytellers, and international consultants whose achievements cover a wide range of areas, from school libraries to high-tech corporations in the United States, Asia, and beyond.
Dean Eileen G. Abels, a longtime library and information science practitioner and educator with a specialty in digital reference education and remote reference services, leads the faculty. She and other SLIS professors regularly serve as consultants and serve on panels for government agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They also serve as presidents and executive officers of leading professional organizations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), specialized divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), and others.
We are proud that SLIS faculty rank among the most published and highly quoted experts in the library and information science profession.
"Although computer science has traditionally not been a popular profession for women to enter, the number of women at Simmons who have pursued the field has increased from a handful to about 50 in the past few years," says Professor Nanette Veilleux. "While women typically pursue service-oriented careers, many do not perceive computer science as a field that gives back to the community or recognize that they can author technology. Yet apps and technology enhance people's lives. Women's perspectives are needed to develop the next blockbuster app."