Institute for Communication and Information Research

The Institute for Communication and Information Research at The University of Alabama

The Institute for Communication and Information Research (ICIR) is a premier communication research facility located within the College of Communication and Information Sciences, on The University of Alabama’s campus, in Reese Phifer Hall. Contact: icir@ua.edu


Mission Statement: The Institute for Communication and Information Research, an entity of the Office for the Associate Dean for Research, at The University of Alabama maximizes the research efforts of the faculty in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Vision Statement: To be regarded as the premier entity for communication and information research; responsible for supporting and improving the quality of research conducted by faculty and students; committed to stimulating research activity within the college; dedicated to serving, coordinating, assessing, and delivering on the research needs of the C&IS community and beyond.


C&IS Strategic Priorities

  • Continue to enhance the research culture within C&IS
  • Create a culture of research collaboration
  • Serve as a research incubator for C&IS faculty and interdisciplinary UA research
  • Provide in-house research resources in-house for C&IS faculty (and beyond)
  • Develop entrepreneurially focused researchers, and research opportunities, and activities
  • Educate the public (i.e., the UA community and surrounding community) about the benefit of communication and information research

Services

The Institute for Communication & Information Research offers research and creative services to companies and organizations of all sizes.  From data collection and analysis to logo design and facility rentals, ICIR connects organizations and individuals with top communication and information professionals at The University of Alabama. Contact the ICIR today to learn more about our contract services.

Research Design Consultation

Funding

IRB Protocol Assistance

Training

Participant Pool


Staff

Director

Dr. Kim Bissell
kbissell@ua.edu

Dr. Kim Bissell was appointed Director of the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2011. Additionally, she serves as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Dr. Bissell has had the title of the Southern Progress Corporation Endowed Professor in Magazine Journalism since 2008. She joined the UA faculty in 2000, and has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters, most of which are related to the social effects of media.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Anneliese Bolland, LMSW, CHES®
acbolland@ua.edu

Dr. Anneliese Bolland joined the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2018 and joined the faculty of Communication Studies in 2020. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and is a licensed social worker and certified health education specialist. Her research is primarily focused on risk and protective factors related to growing up in growing up in communities characterized by poverty and is the current Principal Investigator of the Mobile Youth and Poverty Study. Her research agenda is also focused in pedagogy, particularly in assessment approaches. Finally, she is an evaluator and has experience evaluating a variety of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Anneliese Bolland
Mobile Youth and Poverty Study

Program Assistant

Jackie Hayes
jhayes11@ua.edu

Jackie Hayes joined the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2019 as a program assistant working both in the ICIR and Office for Graduate Studies.


Facilities

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Revise & Resubmit Podcast

Revise & Resubmit is a podcast produced by Dr. Kim Bissell and hosted by Drs. Kim Bissell & Anneliese Bolland. Listen to Revise & Resubmit to learn about research within C&IS as well as by C&IS alumni.