Note from the editor: I asked Christina Terracino, Dr. Singh’s graduate assistant, to ask him about his work and experiences so far with DLIS. The following is a reflection from Dr. Singh in response to Christina’s questions.
by Dr. Rajesh Singh, DLIS Faculty
I have been enjoying getting to know my colleagues and students in DLIS, as well as the greater St. John’s University community. I am impressed with the supportive environment. In addition to teaching LIS 239 Research & Evaluation Methods, I have started working with Jim Vorbach on developing a certificate in management for information professionals for DLIS. I’m excited for our students, as the proposed management certificate will help them to develop more skills and confidence in leadership and management, should they choose to undertake it. It will also be valuable for professionals who are seeking certification in leadership and management.
My teaching and research is focused in the areas of leadership, management, and organizational behavior. I have done research projects and published articles in the areas of information marketing and branding and knowledge sharing in organizations. In the past, I have taught courses in research methods, management and leadership, marketing, and related management areas.
One of my favorite pastimes is to keep up with new developments in management theory. Even though there is already a significant body of work from which we can draw, there are always new angles to explore on this very important topic. Throughout my academic career, I have sought ways in which to engage and inspire students to become more confident in their management and leadership skills, helping them to be better equipped to navigate the profession.
Rajesh has a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. He has previously worked at Emporia State University and the University of British Columbia. More information about Rajesh’s teaching, scholarship and service is available on his website at http://lisrajesh.com.