Wayne State University

Faculty and Staff Biography

Stephen Bajjaly
Stephen Bajjaly
Associate Dean and Professor
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Stephen Bajjaly joined the School of Library and Information Science in August 2007.  Bajjaly is the chief academic and administrative officer for the school.  In this capacity, he oversees the strategic direction of the school, leads its efforts to enhance teaching, scholarship and service, and directs the day-to-day operations.  Dr. Bajjaly reports to Dean Jon Cawthorne.

Before coming to Wayne State, Bajjaly spent 14 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science where he taught information technology, web design and organizational management courses.  He was the founding project director for MidNet, the local, nonprofit community network sponsored by the School.  He served as Chair of the University's Graduate Council, president of the South Carolina chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and was a board member of the SC Association for Educational Technology.

Bajjaly is the author of numerous journal articles and The Community Networking Handbook.  His research interests include online teaching and learning, community networking and the management of emerging information technologies.


Degrees and certifications

  • State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D., Information Science             
  • San Diego State University, MBA, Information Decision Systems              
  • St. Lawrence University, BS (Honors), Psychology             

Recent publications


Laurie J. Bonnici, Stephanie L. Maatta, M. Katherine Klose, Heidi Julien & Stephen Bajjaly.  2014.  Instructional style and learner-centered approach: a cross-institutional examination of modality preference for online course delivery in a graduate professional program. Studies in Higher Education, 2014. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2014.977860]

Bajjaly, S. T. 2005.  Enhancing Student/Faculty Communications in Online Courses.  Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration 8(3),   Fall.  [http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/fall83/bajjaly83.htm]


Bajjaly, S. T. 2005.  Contemporary Recruitment in Traditional Libraries.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 46 (1):  53-58, Winter.

Stephen T. Bajjaly (1999): The Community Networking Handbook. Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association (ALA) Editions. 204 pp. 


Awards and honors

  • Summer Research Stipend, USC College of Mass Comm & Information Studies, 2006
  • Faculty Recognition, Office of Student Services, University of South Carolina, 1999
  • Faculty Recognition, Office of Student Services, University of South Carolina, 1996  
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, State University of New York at Albany, 1993

Academic interests

Online teaching and learning, community networking, management, emerging IT

Recent grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program:  “Increasing Librarianship Diversity.”  $500,000.  2012.