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Sunday, September 18, 2016


Wyndham Pittsburgh, University Center—Lobby Restaurant

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Informal dinner (off the menu) in Bridges Restaurant for guests arriving on Sunday (A nice way to catch-up before the meetings begin early Monday morning.)  As always, Pittsburgh Board members are welcome to attend!

Monday, September 19, 2016


Morning - Wyndham Pittsburgh, University Center

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast (Wyndham, Schenley Ballroom I-III)

9:00 a.m.

Welcome by Dr. Moyé and Dean Larsen


Review of agenda and goals for the meeting
Introduction of participants

9:15 a.m.

Dean's update:


  • Overview of 2015 meeting outcomes and subsequent activities related to the proposal consolidating SIS and CS into a new academic unit called the School of Computing and Information (SCI)
    • Nathan Urban (Vice Provost) to chair search committee for SCI dean
    • July 1, 2017 target for SCI dean’s arrival
  • Review of university-level approval progress & process for the proposed School of Computing & Information (SCI)
    • Presentation to BOT, Academic Affairs & Libraries Committee (Feb. 25, 2016), and Deans (June 3, 2016)
    • Approval secured from both Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Information Sciences
    • Board of Trustees, Academic Affairs and Libraries Committee briefed on February 25, 2016
    • PACUP, UCGS, Provost, Chancellor approval anticipated in Fall 2016
    • BOT approval anticipated by Feb 2017
  • Update on benchmark numbers (enrollment, placement, alumni giving, research funding …) for SIS and CS
  • Pitt’s role in building a global consortium of information schools (iSchools)
    • Leadership of consortium (77+ universities)
    • Establishing commissions to advance the organization and its mission
      • Global accreditation of iSchools
      • Governance & funding models
      • Internal operations (e.g., IT infrastructure)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.

Highlights of final reports of SCI planning committees (15 min. each)

  • Research & Collaborations committee (Childers, Hé, Mossé)
  • Organizational Structure committee (Krishnamurthy, Melhem)
  • Education & Curriculum committee (Brusilovsky, Ramirez, Perkoski)
  • Vision & Identity committee (Weiss, Wiebe)
11:45 a.m. Walk to Information Sciences Building

Lunch (Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor Collaboration Center)

1:00 p.m.

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) retrospective review--now in 6th  year (Depew)

  • Initial concept, proposal, aspirations, and expectations (2010 planning grant from A.W. Mellon Foundation) – M. Depew
  • Six cohorts of students
    • What we learned
    • What they learned
  • Accountability and assessment
    • What the i3 students have accomplished
    • Where they are now
  • Prospects for the future
    • AW Mellon’s communications re sustainability
  • Engaging other iSchools more directly (e.g. Rutgers)
2:00 p.m.

Incoming (interim) Department Chairs’ reports (20 min. each):

  • Computer Science (Znati)
  • Informatics & Networked Systems (Weiss)
  • Information Culture & Data Stewardship (Cox/Bowler/Lyon)

• How is your department approaching its role and mission in the new School of Computing & Information?
• How might collaborations with other Pitt units advance or impede the interests of your faculty and students?
• How might they advance Pitt’s strategic priorities?
• How do you envision your department’s work


3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m.

Laying an extensible foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration


  • Pharmacy as an exemplar for X-informatics
    • Introduction to programming
    • Systems Analysis
    • Data Management & Analytics
    • Solution Design / Consulting
    • Practicum
  • Framework for faculty-led, team-based interdisciplinary student projects (e.g., capstones)
4:00 p.m.

Building regional partnerships that support Pitt’s strategic plan

  • Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office (website, help desk, …) [Babichenko, Mitchell]
  • Cybersecurity Center (Joshi)
4:30 p.m.

Plenary discussion

Evening -  Reception and Dinner, Wyndham Pittsburgh, University Center

5:00 p.m. Adjourn; Walk to Wyndham for Reception
5:30 p.m.

Reception (Wyndham, Schenley Ballroom IV-VI)

Student Poster Session

6:00 p.m. Provost Beeson’s Update and Charge to the Board
6:30 p.m. Board dinner
8:00 p.m. Adjourn

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Morning - Wyndham Pittsburgh, University Center

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast (Wyndham, Schenley Ballroom I-III)

9:00 a.m.

Review and reflection of Monday’s meeting and the Provost’s charge:


  • Issues to carry forward today
  • Tentative conclusions and recommendations
  • Open questions to be considered today
9:30 a.m.

Plenary discussion:


  • BoV members
  • SCI department chairs, administrators, & invitees
10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Closed session of the BoV to consider findings and recommendations related to Provost’s charge:


  • BoV members
  • BoV invitees (as requested)
11:45 a.m. Walk to Information Sciences Building

Lunch - Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor Collaboration Center

1:00 p.m.

Board closed session continues - 8th floor PhD Collboration Space

2:00 p.m.

Provost’s Closed Executive Session (Board members only)

3:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Reception for current and former BOV members (Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom – Lobby Level)


  • SIS faculty, staff, and invited students
  • Provost and Vice Provosts
6:20 p.m.

BOV 10-year retrospective – a decade of impact (Larsen/Moyé)


  • Where we started
  • BOV recommendations and SIS outcomes
  • A new era commences with the formation of the SCI
6:30 p.m. Banquet celebrating 10 years of BoV accomplishments
8:30 p.m. Adjourn the final meeting of the SIS Board of Visitors