About

I am a scholar and a not-so-gentlewoman in the PhD program in Information Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

My research centers on diversity and ethics issues in both the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and in ICT development. I am primarily concerned with critical gender studies and feminist technology studies as applied to ICT use and development.

Currently, I am planning a research project that aims to better understand diversity in collaborative video game design work, including an analysis of diversity as represented by: minority and under-represented group participation, the roles that organizational structure may play in aiding or hindering diversity and diverse perspectives, and the effects of cooperative computer tool selection and use in representing and/or cultivating diversity and diverse perspectives.

I have previously examined several issues related to education in ICT-related disciplines, including making recommendations for teaching social media work in an information science program and studying ethics education in computer science and information studies programs. I also do: critical studies of interactive media, narrative and identity studies related to ICT, and analysis of identity-based online harassment.

And always: cyborg studies.

My advisor is Dr. Kenneth R. Fleischmann.

 

Old News:

I was recently involved as a co-PI in the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project “21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?” (conducted through the UT iSchool). My module of the project focused specifically on curricula recommendations for future information professionals working with social media. Our paper describing the results of this study, Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs, was first published online in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) in 2016.

I also served as a Graduate Research Assistant on the National Science Foundation Project titled “EESE: Collaborative Research: Understanding and Preparing Future Computer Professionals for Ethical Complexities” and have served as a Teaching Assistant under Dr. Fleischmann for INF 385T, “Information Ethics,” where many of curricular lessons learned from this research have been implemented.

I was previously looking at issues related to online harassment, particularly in social media. My very early first pass at a literature review on gender-based online harassment, prepared for my iConference 2015 poster (“Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action“), is available online at the IDEALS iConference collection.

 

My MA thesis, Becoming Cyborg, Becoming Myth: Embracing the Cultural Imaginary as a Critical Social and Political Tool, is available as a .PDF online through UGA Libraries.

I also served as Instructor of Record for CMLT 2400 (Asian American Literature) in the University of Georgia Comparative Literature department continuously from Fall 2010 through Spring 2012.

 

 

 

Contact me at:

rnsimons@utexas.edu

@rnsimons

 

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