Elizabeth Pierce is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Information Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She joined the faculty in August 2006 as part of UALR’s efforts to launch the first Master of Science in Information Quality. Prior to coming to UALR, Elizabeth Pierce taught for 11 years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD in Statistics & Management Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Iona College, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Quantitative Business Analysis and Mathematics from Penn State. In 2013, the International Association for Information and Data Quality recognized Dr. Pierce with their Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to the information quality profession as well as to IAIDQ and its members.
As a faculty member at the University of Little Arkansas at Rock, she played an instrumental role in establishing the graduate program in information quality. Under her leadership, the Information Science Department has expanded its original undergraduate offering of a BS in Information Science to now include a BS in E-Commerce and a BA in Web Design & Development. In addition to the Information Quality Graduate Program, the department now offers and Information Science Graduate Program for students interested in advanced studies in data analytics and complete information systems. She has also worked with UAMS to update and streamline the Joint UALR/UAMS Graduate Program in Bioinformatics to better position this program to meet the needs of academia and industry for analyzing and development new applications bio data.
Her academic leadership and research have significantly advanced the cause of information and data quality landscape both nationally and internationally. In collaboration with members of the IAIDQ Board of Directors, Dr. Pierce has successfully completed four important industry survey studies that explore topics of critical interest to information and data quality professionals. These include “The State of Information and Data Quality” (2012 and 2016), “The State of Information and Data Governance” (2008), and “The Information/Data Quality Salary and Job Satisfaction Report” (2009). In addition, she is the co-editor of the AMIS Monograph on Information Quality, and the author of numerous research articles appearing in numerous books, journals, conference proceedings, and newsletters. A member of IAIDQ since 2006, Dr Pierce participated in the 2008 working group that compiled the set of knowledge and skills that now comprise the IAIDQ Six Domains of Information Quality. These have formed the foundation of the Information Quality Certified Professional (IQCP), a credential that has set the standard for professional recognition in the field of information and data quality.