Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, a professor at UNC at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been named the school’s new associate dean for undergraduate studies. Her appointment follows the introduction this fall of the school’s new major in information science.
Wildemuth played an active role in the creation of the new undergraduate degree, serving as chair of the school’s ad hoc undergraduate major committee. The school’s interest in a major grew from the success and popularity of its undergraduate minor in information systems, first introduced in 1997.
“The undergraduate degree in information science is a major step forward for the school,” said SILS Dean Joanne Gard Marshall. “Barbara’s broad vision of the field of information and library science as well as her knowledge of the curriculum and the UNC campus make her an excellent person to implement this initiative.”
Wildemuth received her masters of library science degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in information systems design and evaluation from the College of Information Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She began teaching at SILS in 1988 and is currently a full professor at the school. Wildemuth is also an adjunct associate professor in the department of biomedical engineering at UNC’s School of Medicine.
Wildemuth has received many special honors and awards. She was named SILS’ Outstanding Teacher in 2000 and that same year received the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).