Centers and Networks


Center for Communication and Health Issues

CHI is a consortium of educators, counselors and students with a mission to conduct research on communication and health issues affecting college students and to design, implement and evaluate campus and community-based education, intervention and prevention programs. It was founded in 1997 by Communication Professors Linda C. Lederman and Lea P. Stewart, Health educators Richard Powell and Fern Goodhart, and substance abuse counselor Lisa Laitman, as an on-going collaboration.

Info Seeking Lab

The InfoSeeking Lab includes faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates who focus on information seeking/retrieval behavior; promote research and engage in sharing and discussing research ideas; and explore collaborative research opportunities.  Research projects relating to information seeking/retrieval/behavior and social media have related to collaborative information seeking, social Q&A, human-computer interaction (HCI), search strategies, and browsing behaviors. These projects have been supported with more than a million dollars to date from federal agencies such as National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as private organizations such as OCLC, Amazon, Google, and Yahoo!

Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL)

The Center for International Scholarship (CISSL) dedicated to research, scholarship, education and consultancy for school library professionals. It focuses on how learning in an information age school is enabled and demonstrated by school library programs, and how inquiry-based learning and teaching processes can contribute to educational success and workplace readiness for learners. CISSL’s Director is Professor Carol Kuhlthau and Professor Ross Todd is Director of Research.

Center for Language, Interaction and Health (CLIH)

CLIH is a collaborative scientific community of interaction analysts dedicated to developing new insights into three key areas of social interaction: medical interaction, mental health interaction and family interactions related to food and nutrition. The Director of the Center is Alexa Hepburn and Co-Directors are Galina Bolden, Jenny Mandelbaum and Lisa Mikesell.

Center for Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL)

The Center for Organizational Development and Leadership serves as a resource to the university community in support of efforts to create a more service-oriented culture. Emphasis is placed on relationship building and "teaching in all we do" - inside and outside of the classroom.Education and instruction, consultation and facilitation, and research and development in organizational leadership are core focal areas.

NetSCI Lab

The NetSCI lab is dedicated to producing cutting edge networks research, advancing theories of social networks, methods for network analysis, and the practical application of networks research. Researchers in the lab are focused on the study of organizations and communities across multiple levels of interaction, connecting theory to practice, and informing the design of networks in everyday life.

SALTS Lab - Laboratory for the Study of Applied Language Technology and Society

SALTS, the Laboratory for the Study of Applied Language Technology and Society at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, brings together researchers interested in developing and/or using next-generation natural language processing technology that supports communication across cultural and social boundaries in areas such as digital libraries, education, public health, humanities, linguistics and communication.


Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation, and Design

The Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation, and Design (C-KInD) is dedicated to creating a culture of innovation for communication, information, and media with scholars and practitioners. Central to the fields of media, information, and communication are the activities of design--creating, inventing, intervening, and transforming the given into something preferred. This happens when people create, for example, a news story, a health campaign, or a database. The artifacts people create and the way they create them are sources of knowledge. C-KinD embraces and experiments with Design as a Way of Knowing via a series of seminars, design events, and competitions. Each year, activities will address a core social issue such as health and wellness, urban growth, or global warming.

Rutgers University Conversation Analysis Lab (RUCAL)

The Conversation Analysis Lab brings together scholars with an interest in understanding the workings of social interaction across a wide variety of social settings and contexts. RUCAL faculty and students examine everyday communicative activities as they are captured in field recordings of naturally occurring interactions and study talk-in-interaction (in English, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, and other languages) among friends and family members as well as in institutional settings, such as interactions between medical providers and their patients and family members; calls to emergency service hotlines, telephone counseling helplines, and customer service lines; interactions between social service providers and their clients; and talk at a variety of businesses and organizations.

Social Media and Society Cluster

The Social Media & Society Cluster is a transdisciplinary unit within Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information that supports research that extends across the boundaries of the i-School, communication, and media studies programs within the School. Consisting of faculty from the departments of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, and Library and Information Science, our faculty offer an interdisciplinary PhD program, as well as a Master of Communication and Information Studies and a Master of Information. A key element of our program involves mentoring from these faculty that encourages direct involvement in cutting edge research.