School of Information Sciences

Alumna Sharon Hsiao to begin tenure-track position at Arizona State University


The School of Information Sciences (the iSchool) is proud to share the news of iSchool alumna Dr. Sharon Hsiao’s (PhD‘12) new position at Arizona State University. Sharon will begin her appointment as tenure-track Assistant Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics & Decision Systems Engineering on August 15, 2014.

Most recently, Sharon has worked in EdLab in Teachers College at Columbia University as a post-doctoral innovation fellow. She is also affiliated with the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) program at Columbia as an adjunct Assistant Professor, where she teaches a course (Data Visualization) and supervises several graduate research projects.

Her interests in computational technologies for learning, open social student modeling and computer science education originate from her formative years at the iSchool at Pitt, where she worked with Dr. Peter Brusilovsky in the Personalized Adaptive Web Systems (PAWS) group. Under Dr. Brusilovsky’s guidance, Hsiao had “an amazing experience” working in the PAWS lab and most enjoyed working “collaboratively and independently” with other students to “produce high quality publications yearly, exchange ideas, share passions and support each other every day.”

Dr. Hsiao defended her dissertation “Navigation support and social visualization for personalized E-Learning” in July 2012 and is grateful to have made so many lifelong friends from the PAWS lab. Congratulations, Sharon, on all your accomplishments at Pitt and we wish you the best in your new position at Arizona State! Learn more about Dr. Sharon Hsiao.

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