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SIS Welcomes Interdisciplinary Faculty Member, Nic DePaula

August 16, 2019


Nic DePaula photoThe School of Information Sciences welcomes interdisciplinary faculty member Nic DePaula to the school's faculty this fall. Nic is one of the nine faculty members recruited in the multidisciplinary initiative in Big Data and his focus will fall in the arts and humanities area. The intent of this initiative is to build on Wayne State's existing strengths in research and curricula in Big Data and its applications in business, health, social sciences, arts, humanities, physical sciences and engineering.
Prior to joining SIS and Wayne State, Nic completed his PhD in Information Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research addresses questions of social media use in government, discourse analysis and questions concerning environmental information and communication. His research bridges distinct fields such as public administration, environmental communication and information science. Nic has previously worked at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a GIS Analyst as well as the Center for Technology in Government as a research assistant. His work has been published in journals such asGovernment Information QuarterlySocial Science Computer Review and First Monday, and he has presented at various conferences around the world. Nic holds degrees in geography and urban Planning from SUNY Albany and has taught courses on database management, information and society, and text mining.  
Nic is teaching INF 6080 Information Technology and INF 7850 -- a special topics course on information, media and society this fall. Nic will be located in Kresge 300.23, the in the SIS offices on the third floor. He can be reached through email at or by phone at 888-497-8754 ext. 724.