MEET MONDAYS: Bill Kules
Meet Mondays is a chance for everyone to learn a little about iSchool faculty. Join us every Monday to meet a new faculty member.
Dr. Bill Kules, a New Hampshire native, is a Visiting Associate Professor here at the iSchool. He taught at Maryland as he was finishing up his doctoral work in computer science back in 2006, before taking a position at Catholic University of America's School of Library and Information Science. At the moment, he is a member of the HCIL and he leads the year-long HCI Masters Capstone.
What brought you to UMD? The opportunity to advance my values through my teaching and scholarship—to support diversity, inclusion and equity and to fight racism and oppression within the information professions and our educational system. I'm also really excited to help inaugurate our undergraduate InfoSci major. We have a tremendous opportunity to help undergraduates develop the skills they need to become information professionals and contribute to undergraduate education across the university.
What project is taking up most of your time at the moment?
Teaching my new classes - I am teaching two programming courses in addition to the capstone. I'm crazy busy, but it is very satisfying.
Can you tell us a little about what else you're up to?
I am a member of the HCIL and I lead the year-long HCI Masters Capstone.
What do you find most challenging about working at the iSchool?
Making time for my research and scholarship at the same time that I am settling into my teaching. I'm still working to find that balance.
What do you find most rewarding about working at the iSchool? Through my teaching and scholarship, I can make an impact. All of our students (undergrads through doctoral) are future colleagues, and being able to mentor them is a source of joy for me.
What's your favorite place on campus? Why?
When I was in grad school, my favorite spot was the Paint Branch Stream, behind the AV Williams building. It's pretty built up now, but it felt a remote and quiet then. I would stand by the stream and watch the fish and birds to relax when I was stressed about my dissertation. I even saw eels spawning there once. I haven't found a new favorite place yet.
What is currently in your refrigerator?
My first batch of homemade kombucha!