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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 210
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


US Fulbright (Honduras), and 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)


Dr. Kim Thompson's research contributes to the field of Library and Information Science 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., Garrison, K., Santelices, C., Arellano, P., & Reyes, D. (2020). “Library Science” literature in Web of Science: What a decade tells us about scholarly collaboration in the field. eCiencias de la Información, 10(2), 1-22

Thompson, K. M. & Copeland, C. A. (2020). Inclusive considerations for optimal online learning in times of disasters and crises. Information and Learning Sciences, Special Issue: A Response to Emergency Transitions to Remote Online Education in K-12 and Higher Education.  DOI 10.1108/ILS-04-2020-0083.

Thompson, K. M. (2020). Socializing engagement: From words to action. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 4(1). 

Thompson, K. M. & Paul, A. (2020). Factors of digital inclusion among women: Revisiting India and extending to Chile and Australia for additional analysis. The Library Quarterly, 90(2), 173-188.

Copeland, C. A., Cross, B., & Thompson, K. M. (2020). Universal design creates equity and inclusion: Moving from theory to practice. South Carolina Libraries, 4(1). 


Thompson is an active editorial board member for The Library Quarterly, the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, and Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies. She is Co-Chair of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2021 Conference and Treasurer/Co-Convener of the ALISE Disabilities in Library and Information Science SIG. Kim is also an active member of the Advisory Board for the Library and Information Science master's degree program at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán (Honduras) and an adjunct Associate Professor (thesis supervision) for the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University (Australia).

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