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CICS Administration

The Center for Information and Communication is under general direction of the Director and Assistant Director.

Dr. Suzie AllardDr. Suzie Allard
Professor, Director and CCI Associate Dean for Research

423 Communications Building 
(865) 974-1369

Dr. Suzie Allard, in addition to her role as Director of CICS, is the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication and Information. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky, 2003; her Master of Science, Library and Information Science degree from the University of Kentucky, 1999; and her Bachelor of Arts, Economics, California State University, 1982. 

Dr. Allard is interested in how scientists and engineers use and communicate information particularly in terms of international teams and virtual scientific organizations. She is also the recipient of the Library Journal's 2013 Teaching Award. 

Missy Jenkins

Missy Jenkins 
Assistant Director

420B Communications Building 
(865) 974-7909 

Missy holds a bachelor of music education from Stetson University, and two masters degrees from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a master of science in Education and a  master of public policy and administration.

Missy has oversight of the Center’s contract and grant development and administration. She develops research ideas for the College of Communication and Information faculty; coordinates projects with ORNL, DOE, and other corporate sponsors; and collaborates with the Office of Research, Office for Finance and Administration, principal investigators, and the College business manager in matters relating to grants. 

Beth Meko
Grant Writer/Information Specialist
401A Communications Building
(865) 974-8589

Beth holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. As Grant Writer/Information Specialist, she assists faculty members in all stages of writing, editing and submitting grant proposals. As the IRB internal review facilitator within the college, she provides guidance and support to faculty and students as they submit IRBs through the iMEDris system. 

Rachel VolentineRachel Volentine
User-Experience Lab Manager
230 Communications Building

(865) 974-9865

Rachel Volentine received a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010.  She has been the user-experience lab manager since August  2013.  She is responsible for scheduling, assisting, conducting, and training researchers in user-experience lab activities and research.