Communication and information technologies are transforming society, impacting a cross section of human activity far greater than any innovation since the printing press. Leaders in this nexus of technology and society require insight and expertise transcending the individual disciplines from which the underlying technologies and their applications arise.

The Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) PhD program at the University of Hawaii was established in 1986 to meet this need. CIS was one of the first interdisciplinary programs of its nature, foreshadowing the recent trend of interdisciplinary information schools. It transitioned from a provisional to a permanent program in 1994.

CIS is sponsored by four units: The Department of Information and Computer Sciences and the Library and Information Science Program in the College of Natural Sciences, the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences, and the Department of Information Technology Management in the Shidler College of Business. The program is unique at UH Manoa, crossing three colleges.

The CIS PhD program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program allows students from participating states to received reduced tuition rates at the University of Hawaii. More information is available from WRGP and UH Graduate Division.

The CIS Program Office is located in the basement of Hamilton Library (002C) inside the Library and Information Science administrative area. Please email to arrange a visit. The office is closed when Hamilton Library is closed.

The CIS Chair is Liz Davidson (as of 8/1/2015); her contact information and office hours are:

office hours: by appointment

office location: E303e Shidler College of Business or CIS Program Office, Hamilton Library (002c)

The deadline for all applicants is February 1, 2017 for fall admission.

For more information on admission requirements please visit Office of Graduate Education, Prospective Students web page.

news & events
CIS720 Seminar by Dr. Rich Gazan, Astrobiology publication as interdisciplinary archaeology
Please join us for CIS720 Seminar with our speaker, Dr. Rich Gazan. He will talk about his research project during last semester's sabbatical.

Hamilton Library 3F
See you there or on Halawai.

Astrobiology publication signatures as interdisciplinary archaeology.

Astrobiology is inherently interdisciplinary, but actionable methods to encourage and measure interdisciplinary science are scarce. In this talk, I'll discuss a project I undertook with the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) at Ames Research Center during my Spring 2016 sabbatical to develop data-driven indicators of the interdisciplinary impact of astrobiology. The initial goal was to analyze research literature to develop a “signature” of astrobiology-related work, to map the migration of astrobiology-related terms between disciplines, and to allow researchers to see where their work fits with others inside and outside of their field. However, involving NAI researchers and administrators during data analysis revealed unexpected findings about the differential impact of past funding cuts on astrobiology's diverse constituent fields. The results suggest that this data-driven, collaborative method can help document astrobiology’s evolution, engage researchers and catalyze interdisciplinary science--and that studying complex sociotechnical systems often means that you don't always end up doing the same project you set out to do.
Sky Kauweloa recipient of the Dan J. Wedemeyer Excellence in Teaching Award
Sky Kauweloa is the recipient of the Dan J. Wedemeyer Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants for year 2016.
The Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants honors a School of Communications Graduate Teaching Assistant and CIS student who has demonstrated outstanding teaching skill and concern for student learning. The award is named in honor of Emeritus Professor Dan J. Wedemeyer, who served as a mentor and model for excellence in teaching for hundreds of graduate students over the course of his career in the School of Communications and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Communication and Information Sciences.
CIS720 Seminar by Dr. Wayne Buente, #WeAreMaunaKea: Celebrity Involvement in a Protest Movement
Dr. Wayne Buente, Associate Professor in the School of Communication is our guest speaker on CIS 720 seminar on Monday September 19th 2016.
Title: #WeAreMaunaKea: Celebrity Involvement in a Protest Movement
At: HL 3F, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
This study examines the involvement of celebrities in Twitter hashtag networks formed in relation to the protest of the construction of a thirty-meter telescope on Mauna Kea, a volcanic mountaintop that is considered as the most sacred of all peaks in Hawai'ian islands. A network of 4151 Twitter users who used the hashtag #WeAreMaunakea is used to examine celebrity involvement. Three network metrics (eigenvector centrality, betweenness centrality, and PageRank) were used to examine the prominence of actors in the network. The results show that three celebrities (Nicole Scherzinger, Kelly Slater, and Keahu Kahuanui) have considerable centrality in the network. The results also indicate a positive correlation between in-degree (prestige), out-degree (engagement), and the three metrics. However, the number of followers did not correlate with the centrality of actors. Nicole Scherzinger, who had higher in-degree and out-degree than the others dominated the network in terms of all three metrics. In general, the results indicated that both prestige and engagement matter in celebrity influence.