This year, we are very fortunate that Dr. Eileen Trauth will deliver the keynote presentation. Her presentation is entitled “The Mainstreaming of Social Inclusion in IS Research.” Dr. Trauth is a preeminent scholar in the area of social inclusion in information systems research and practice. She is Professor Emeritus of Information Sciences & Technology, and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.
Her research, writing and outreach activities focus on the skills and knowledge of the information technology (IT) profession, and the underrepresentation of women and other marginalized groups within it. She has conducted research in Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and throughout the United States with grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Science Foundation Ireland and the Australian Research Council. Her research findings have been published in several books and hundreds of scholarly papers.
She has served on the scientific advisory boards for three European Union gender projects, edited the Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology, is past editor-in-chief of Information Systems Journal, and founded the Association for Information Systems special interest group on social inclusion. Her play, iDream, which was funded by an NSF grant, is based on her research about barriers to inclusion in the information technology field. She now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2017 Dr. Trauth was appointed by the Hamilton County (Ohio) Board of Commissioners as an inaugural member of the Commission on Women and Girls.