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Vandana Singh

(she, her, hers)
Professor of Information Science, University of Tennessee

Dr. Vandana Singh is a Professor in the iSchool, the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville . Currently, Dr. Singh is serving as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Communication and Information.

Dr. Singh joined the SIS faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. In her time at SIS, Dr. Singh has worked as Information Science and Technology Minor Coordinator (2008 – 2011), Acting Associate Director of SIS (2013) and the inaugurating Director of Undergraduate Studies (May 2017 – April 2019).

Dr. Singh graduated with a PhD in Information Science from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , USA, in 2008. Her dissertation research was on Online Communities to Support the Users of Open Source Software. For more details about her research please click here. She holds two masters degrees, one in Computer Science from University of Chicago , Illinois, USA and the other one in Knowledge Management Systems from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her undergraduate degree is from G.B. Pant University, in the foothills of Himalayas in India.

Her current research interests are in Gender and IT, Open Source Software, Technology for Library Professionals, Women in STEM, Rural Libraries, Social Justice, Online Learning/Communities and, Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Dr. Singh teaches the core course in Information Technology, Usability Testing and Methods, Web Design, Information Networking Applications and a wide range of topics as Independent Studies.


  • 2008–present
    Professor, University of Tennessee
  • 2022–present
    Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Tennessee


  • 2008 
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Chicago, USA, MS
  • 2001 
    Wageningen University, The Netherlands, MS