Dr. Amy Voida is a founding assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also holds an adjunct appointment with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Dr. Voida conducts empirical and design research in human–computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work and ubiquitous computing, with a focus on philanthropic informatics—an interdisciplinary domain exploring the role of information and communication technologies in supporting initiatives for the public good. This research takes computer-supported philanthropic work as its unit of analysis, and traces its influences and impacts across individual and collective action, across sectors, and across hybrid and dynamic organizational and institutional forms. It draws from research conducted across academic disciplines with a goal of supporting philanthropic work wherever it can be nurtured and provoked. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Voida earned her Ph.D. in Human–Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds an M.S. in Human–Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech and a B.A.E. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She has held academic appointments at Indiana University, IUPUI; Cornell University; the University of California, Irvine; and the University of Calgary. She has also worked at the Palo Alto Research Center, IBM Research, AOL/Netscape, and as an artist-in-residence for opera education.
Amy is deeply indebted to her mentor network: Elizabeth Mynatt (dissertation advisor), Judy Olson and Gary Olson (postdoctoral sponsors), Saul Greenberg (postdoctoral sponsor), Wendy Kellogg and Tom Erickson (internship sponsors), Beki Grinter and Keith Edwards (internship sponsors), and Leysia Palen (founding chair, CU–Boulder Department of Information Science).