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Associate Dean (Digital and Data Initiatives)

Ali Shiri

Associate Dean (Digital and Data Initiatives)


Ali Shiri is a Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies in the Faculty of Education. He was the Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator for the School (2013 - 2020). During this time, Dr. Shiri built an impressive track record of graduate program administration and took the lead on several innovative projects, including the development of an ePortfolio system that supports the documentation of program learning outcomes and professional development activities, as well as, significant contributions to the growth of a fully online graduate program.

Dr. Shiri received his PhD in Information Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His research centers on digital libraries, user interaction with digital information, and data and learning analytics. Dr. Shiri's current SSHRC Insight Grant funded research project focuses on the design and development of cultural heritage digital libraries and digital storytelling systems for the Inuvialuit communities in Canada's Western Arctic.

Responsibilities as Associate Dean:

  • Providing advice, guidance, and support to graduate students, supervisors, and graduate student program administrators; and
  • Representing the FGSR on various committees, working groups, search, selection, and review committees across campus.

My advice to our graduate students:

  • Enrich your graduate education through physical, social, and intercultural activities and opportunities on campus.
  • Explore diverse approaches, interdisciplinary methods, and new digital tools and technologies. Remember creativity and innovation happens at the intersection of domains, disciplines, and fields of study.

Home Department:

Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
Associate Dean Shiri's faculty page at the School of Library and Information Studies.

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