ReadMe 2寸I’m an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama. My research is at the intersection of Online Communities, Knowledge Curation, and Social Computing. My overall research aim is to integrate social science theories, quantitative and qualitative empirical methods, and computational techniques to understand and design socio-technical systems. I also pursue a related research agenda in information quality assessment, cross-language information retrieval, and health information seeking.

Advised by Dr.Besiki Stvilia, my dissertation research combines theories, models, and frameworks from the fields of computer-supported cooperative work, human–computer interaction, social psychology, and organizational studies to understand technically and socially situated community practices in successful and unsuccessful online peer production communities. I use several analytic techniques to examine the community development activities and strategies and user interaction patterns of two Q&A communities from Stack Exchange Network, which produced contrasting results in the same context.

In addition to my research, I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage in a wide range of teaching activities. My teaching experience has been diverse: I have taught both in the classroom and online (asynchronous and synchronous); have instructed or co-instructed undergraduate and graduate level students; have had small and large classes; and have taught or severed as a teaching assistant for conceptual and technical curriculums, ranging from Database Systems, Information Security, Web Programming and Design, Excel VBA Programming, Information Technology Project, Usability Analysis, to Information Organization.

Dissertation Title: Peer Production of Knowledge in Online Social Q&A Communities at Startup Stage

Dissertation Committee: Drs. Besiki Stvilia (Advisor/Chair), Michelle M. Kazmer, Zhe He, and Xinlin Tang