Andrew Sears

Dean, School of Information Studies

Andrew SearsAndrew Sears joined the School of Information Studies as dean in August 2023. Sears’ research explores issues related to human-centered computing and accessibility. His research projects have addressed issues associated with mobile computing, health information technologies, speech recognition and assessing an individual’s cognitive status via normal daily interactions with information technologies. Sears’ research has been supported by various industry leaders, government agencies,and foundations, including IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Verizon Foundation.

Sears was a founding editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) “Transactions on Accessible Computing.” He  served on the editorial boards of ACM’s “Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction,” the “International Journal of Human-Computer Studies” and other journals. He served as conference and technical program co-chair of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and both general chair and program chair for the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Sears also served as chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, as a member of the ACM Council and on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association. He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2010.

Sears earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in computer science with an emphasis on human-computer interaction from the University of Maryland, College Park.