Advisory Board Updates: #SMSociety Welcomes Two New Members! @susanjhalford & @hthwaite

Welcome to Incoming Members of the Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce two new members of our Advisory Board: Dr. Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology and a Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, UK and Dr. Caroline HaythornthwaiteProfessor at the iSchool and Director of the Library Science graduate program at Syracuse University, USA. Please find their bios featured below. 

As leading scholars in the field, Dr. Halford and Dr. Haythornthwaite bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise spanning decades. They will advise the Organizing Committee on future directions of the conference, including conference themes, publication venues, and recommended keynote speakers. They each have agreed to serve for a period of three years, joining our current Board members, Dr. Zizi Papacharissi and Dr. Barry Wellman.

Susan Halford is a Professor of Sociology and a Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton, UK where she is also a deputy-Director of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. A Geographer by training and a Sociologist for many years, over the past decade Susan has pioneered interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with colleagues in the Computer Sciences. Her most recent research focuses on semantic linked data, digital methods for social media research and ethical practice with new forms of digital data. In 2014, her article on the semantic web (with Catherine Pope and Mark Weal) was awarded the British Sociological Association/SAGE prize for innovation and excellence in the journal Sociology. Susan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.Caroline Haythornthwaite is a Professor at the iSchool and Director of the Library Science graduate program at Syracuse University. She previously served as Director and Professor at The iSchool at The University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research areas explore the way interaction, via computer media, supports and affects work, learning, and social interaction, primarily from a social-network-analysis perspective. In 2017, Dr. Haythornthwaite was recognized with the Association for Information Science and Technology’s (ASIS&T) Research in Information Science Award. In the acknowledgment, the Association stated: “Haythornthwaite’s outstanding contributions to social network and e-learning research, especially her ground-breaking work on latent ties and learning networks, has had a great impact not only in information science, but also in computer science, communication, sociology, psychology, education and management.

#SMSociety 2018 Welcome Message from Advisory Board

Zizi Papacharissi will deliver a welcome message to delegates on behalf of the Advisory Board at the official opening ceremony of this year’s conference on Thursday, July 19 at 9am. Dr. Papacharissi will share some of her thoughts on the direction of our interdisciplinary field and talk about the conference’s successful collaboration on special issues with the Social Media + Society Journal.

Thank you to Outgoing Member of the Advisory Board

As part of the lead up to the 2018 SMSociety conference in Copenhagen, one member is also rotating off of the Advisory Board. We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Bill Dutton, an outgoing member of the Advisory Board, for his service on the Board and for helping to shape the conference and strengthen our community of social media scholars during his tenure on the Board.