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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Kim M. Thompson, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0224
Office: School of Information Science
Davis College, Room 205
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Kim Thompson


B.A., English, Brigham Young University
M.S., Library and Information Studies, Florida State University
Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, Florida State University


Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Dr. Kim Thompson had academic roles at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN; the University of Missouri-Columbia; and Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW (Australia).


Thompson's work contributes to the body of Library and Information Studies research with a principle focus on the relationship between information access and social inclusion. This relationship has been the focus of the qualitative research she has conducted in the United States, Australia, Chile and India. Her research uses critical inquiry of current information policy and historical and qualitative methods to examine conceptualizations of digital inclusion, information access and information poverty. She does research in English and Spanish and presents research findings and publishes in both languages.

Funded Grants and Research

CIC Internal Research Grants 2019: How Do Vaping Myths/Misinformation Circulate on Social/Digital Media? (with Jungmi Jun and Ehsan Mohammadi; $9,950)

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program 2018 (with Tanveer Zia; $250,000)

AgriHub Incubator 2017-2018 ($25,000)

Charles Sturt University Faculty of Education Grant Development Scheme 2016  ($8000)

Charles Sturt University Special Studies Program Award 2016  ($4200 plus sabbatical)

Charles Sturt University Special Studies Program Award 2013  ($4200 plus sabbatical)


Thompson strives to create an authentic and engaged learning environment, setting assignments that exercise student analytical skills needed in professional practice. She has won numerous teaching awards including a Faculty of Arts and Education Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2018; 2015 Web-based Information Studies Education Excellence in Online Education Teaching Award; Outstanding Subject Delivery Award 2014; and was honored in the CSU School of Information Studies Teaching Hall of Fame in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011 for excellence in teaching, as determined by student evaluations.

Recent Publications

Thompson, K. M., Muir, R., & Qayyum, A. (2019). Australian library job advertisements: Seeking inclusion and diversity. iConference 2019 Papers Proceedings ; also published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 11420, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-15742-5_77

Dali, K., Thompson, K. M., Jaeger, P. T., Dow, M. & Lund, B. (2019, March 31). Beyond representations: Developing inclusive workplaces for faculty and staff with disabilities. iConference 2019, 30 March - 3 April 2019, Washington DC.

Paul, A. & Thompson, K. M. (2018). Negotiating digital spaces in everyday life: A case study of Indian women and their digital use. First Monday, 23(11).

Al-Saggaf, Y. & Thompson, K. M. (2018). ICT women professionals’ perceptions of workplace ethical problems: A quantitative survey. Journal of Information Ethics, 27(1), 59-73.

Muir, R., Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2018, July/August). Differently abled staff welcomed by library recruiters. InCite: Magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association, 39(7/8), 22-23.


Thompson has been an active editorial board member for the journal The Library Quarterly, the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Collection and Curation, and Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, among others. In 2019, she is the guest editor for an issue of IJIDI with a focus on engaging disability in the information profession. Thompson is also an active member of the Advisory Board for the Library and Information Science master's degree program in Honduras at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan.

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