Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Science, 1979
M.S.I.S., University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Science, 1976
B.S., English, Speech Communications, and Theology, Magna Cum Laude University of Dayton, School of Education, 1972
Dr. Eileen M. Trauth is a professor of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Trauth's research is concerned with societal, cultural and organizational influences on information technology and the information technology professions with a special focus on the role of diversity and social inclusion. During 2008, she held the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies.
She has lectured about and investigated gender under representation in the information technology professions in Austria, Australia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Spain the UK and the United States. Trauth was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award to investigate socio-cultural influences on the emergence of Ireland's information economy. She has lectured about and analyzed cultural, economic, infrastructure and public policy influences on the development of the information technology sectors in The Netherlands, Egypt, Romania and various locations in the United States.
Trauth's research has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland. She has published nine books and over 100 scholarly papers on her work on gender and social inclusion, the information economy, qualitative research methods, critical theory, global informatics, information policy, information management, telecommunications policy and information systems skills.
Trauth's research interests comprise the intersection of socio-cultural and organizational influences on Information Technology and the IT profession. She also consults and lectures on the impact of IT on organizations, societies, and people worldwide. Her teaching interests include qualitative research, the human context of information processing, diversity in the global knowledge economy, global informatics, and national information policy. Dr. Trauth has taught courses and advised graduate students in several countries including: Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa.