SIS Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Information Science, a part of the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky is excited to welcome its newest faculty members, Kody Frey, Firaz Peer, Beth Strickland Bloch, and Luke Lefebvre.

 Kody Frey (Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2019) is a new assistant professor in the School of Information Science. He earned a B.A. in communication studies from Clemson University before attending Illinois State University for his M.A. in communication. His research focuses on applied communication, technology, and research methods primarily within the context of classrooms and higher education.

Firaz Peer joins us from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he earned his doctorate in Digital Media. His interdisciplinary research combines participatory and design based research methods with scholarship from Human Computer Interaction and Science & Technology Studies, to study the impacts that algorithmic and data infrastructures have on marginalized communities. He is interested in issues of accountability, justice, care, and equity that are manifested when building, using and maintaining algorithmic and data infrastructures for marginalized communities. He has published and is active in scholarly communities such as Computer Supported Collaborative Work and Social Media (CSCW), ACM’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ACM’s Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), iConference, Participatory Design Conference (PDC), and Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S).

Beth Strickland Bloch comes to SIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she earned her PhD in Information Sciences and taught courses in Sociotechnical Systems, Librarianship, and Science & Technology Studies. As a qualitative social scientist, Bloch's work examines the values and ethics associated with the design of novel health systems. Bloch served for many years as a Senior Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan before pursuing her doctoral studies. She holds a MLIS from the University of Denver, an MA in Women's Studies from San Diego State University, and BA in Women's Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 “It’s truly a privilege to join the exceptional people who make up the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky.” 

Luke holds a PhD in Communication from Wayne State University, and most recently was the director of the Communication Training Center at Texas Tech University. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s in History and a Master's in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a researcher, Luke’s work investigates how teachers and learners co-create meaning for learning in various educational contexts. His work has been published in journals such as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Communication Teacher, Imagination, Cognition and Personality, Review of Communication, and the Southern Communication Journal.