SILS alumna publishes EDUCAUSE research bulletin

September 5, 2011

Dr. Meredith Weiss (Ph.D. ‘10) has received plaudits upon the release of a new research bulletin created for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR).

Weiss, associate dean for Administration, Finance and Information Technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law, titled her publication “Technology Leadership: Today’s Higher Education CIO.” Drawing on her experience as the School of Law’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and her dissertation titled, “Information Technology Management in Higher Education: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Chief Information Officer Performance,” Weiss describes a lack of quantitative research “on how to succeed as a CIO.” She focuses on the role of the CIO in a higher education setting, outlining “the constituents the CIO serves; the variety of roles a CIO may be required to assume; and the skills, abilities, attributes and expertise currently thought necessary for CIO success.”

Nancy Hays, editor of EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ) and manager of publishing operations at EDUCAUSE, was particularly enthusiastic about Weiss’s bulletin.

“The topic of the role of the CIO simply could not be more relevant to our subscribers,” Hays said. Accordingly, the article has generated a considerable amount of interest. “The link from the announcement has already been accessed nearly 400 times and forwarded 150 times!” This great interest occurred within 24 hours of the release of the bulletin.

EDUCAUSE is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing higher education “by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.” Weiss’s article is available to subscribers at (article only available to subscribers).