Abebe Rorissa

Abebe Rorissa

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
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Draper Hall 140B

Ph.D. in Information Science, University of North Texas

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Digital Image Management, University of North Texas

M.S.I.S. in Information Science, Addis Ababa University

B.S. in Mathematics, Addis Ababa University

CEHC Rorissa

Dr. Abebe Rorissa is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity. Prior to joining the University at Albany in 2005, he has had over 17 years of experience working in four countries as a lecturer and professional librarian. He has also consulted for academic institutions, national governments, and international organizations on various topics including information and communication technologies as well as information organization. He has published extensively (in journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology - JASIS&T, Information Processing & Management, and Government Information Quarterly) and served on program committees of international conferences. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals/publications while he previously served as an assistant editor of the ASIS&T proceedings, guest editor of the ASIS&T Bulletin, and as a manuscript reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences.

As a multidisciplinary scholar, his research interests include multimedia information organization and retrieval, measurement and scaling of users’ information needs and their perceptions of multimedia information sources and services, and use/acceptance/adoption and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Dr. Rorissa teaches courses mainly in three areas: research methods & statistics, information technology, and foundations of information science.

In addition, Dr. Rorissa has been active in various professional organizations such as the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), where he has served as a member of its Board and the Executive Committee of the Board. His honors and accomplishments include serving as a University at Albany Provost’s Fellow and winning the ASIS&T SIG Member of the Year Award.


CEHC Courses Taught 

CINF 200 Research Methods for Informatics 

CINF 894 Directed Readings in Information Science 

CIST 538 Fundamentals of XML

CIST 601 The Information Environment 

CIST 608 Research Methods

CIST 678 Internship in Information Science 

Research Interests

Multimedia Information Organization and Retrieval; Measurement and Scaling of Users’ Information Needs and their Perceptions of Multimedia Information Sources and Services; Use/ Acceptance/ Adoption and Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)