Cultivating Thought Leadership ...

My teaching features a strategy of cultivating thought leadership. Any profession is built upon a body of specialized knowledge and thus the true leaders of a profession are thought leaders -- those who synthesize ideas in a profession and articulate future directions (Agre 2005). Thought leadership is needed by not just doctoral students, but also all of our professional Master's students. The reason is that in today's knowledge-based economy and society, the very capability of synthesizing and visioning is the essential skill required for every professional to find and keep a job in any profession. To execute this strategy, I have sought to help my students find the issues they have passion for and build communities around the issues they choose. For this purpose, I have integrated the emphases on student projects, teamwork, and career development into the courses I teach at Maryland's iSchool, such as the following:


  • INFM 612

Management of Information Programs and Services

Administration of information programs, services, and projects, including the role of leadership in management; developing mission, vision, and goals; providing effective management for results; managing professionals; financial management; and professional conduct and ethical issues.


  • INFM 718Z

Managing Information Technology Innovations in Organizations

Organizations innovate with new information technologies to compete in the marketplace, collaborate with partners, serve customers, motivate employees, and improve operations. This course provides the students with the opportunities to learn the main theoretical perspectives on managing IT innovations, familiarize with current best practices of innovating with IT, and develop innovation skills in various organizational settings.

  • INFM 736

Information Management Team Experience

Information issues within organizational frameworks, integrated, team-based, experiential learning opportunity. Group independent study.


  • INST 603

    (formerly INFM613 or LBSC603)

Systems Analysis and Design

Formal process for planning and designing an information technology system, including identifying users and other stakeholders, analyzing work processes, preparing system specifications, conducting feasibility and usability studies, and preparing for implementation. Approaches to analyzing system components and functions. Measurement and evaluation of system performance.

  • INST 888

Doctoral Seminar

An integrative exploration of the Information Studies field.


  • LBSC 635

Management & Administration for the Information Professional

Management and administrative theory and principles and their implications and applications to information organizations.


  • LBSC 878B

Innovating with Information Technology

Seminar on theories and practices of innovating with IT in organizations.