Information Services

Information technology and services are central to the mission and success of leading research universities as they seek to create and disseminate new knowledge in the information age. With multiple campuses and offices around the world, USC faculty, staff, students, and alumni represent a global community that depends on information technology and services for high-speed networks, research computing, educational software, and communications, along with administrative functions as diverse as student registration, grant administration, security, and the university’s global digital presence on the Internet. The role of the Committee on Information Services (CIS) is to facilitate faculty input on the services provided by Information Technology Services (ITS) and unit-based IT groups that are responsible for providing reliable, secure, cost-effective, and up-to-date services to meet current needs while building capacity for an increasingly information-based future. The CIS plays a vital role in providing faculty advice and feedback on USC’s current performance and future direction in this rapidly changing field and in helping to ensure that the university is well positioned to advance its expansive goals and strategic plans for 21st-century leadership.


The Committee on Information Services is a standing committee whose members are jointly appointed by the Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate to represent the information technology needs and perspectives of USC’s faculty. It is charged with advising the Academic Senate and the Provost on a variety of issues related to the academic technology infrastructure of the university community. The committee is meant to be forward looking by identifying and proposing priorities in the examination and evaluation of IT services in light of changing and emerging needs. The committee advises the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Academic Senate on issues related to the university’s enterprise information technology infrastructure, information resources, services, and technologies and technology-related policies with an impact on academic matters, including research and teaching. The CIO apprises the committee of current issues and opportunities associated with these resources and endeavors, and committee members share this information with the university’s faculty through the Academic Senate on a regular basis. CIS also coordinates with the USC Libraries on matters of joint concern.

Members are appointed for a term of one year.

Meetings: Contact committee chair for the date/locations of the committee meetings.

Specific Charge for 2020-2021 Academic Year

The CIS meets monthly from September through May (see scheduled meeting dates below) to discuss topics such as the following:

  • What innovative approaches/measures in the provision of technology and information services could we take to ensure USC is offering the greatest possible online learning experience?
  • How do we provide historically marginalized and economically at-risk students adequate and appropriate technology devices, services, and reimbursement costs? What is our long-term plan?
  • How will the university ensure all faculty and staff have access to adequate and appropriate technology devices, services, and reimbursement costs that meet and exceed USC and California technology standards for remote employees.
  • How can we redesign and re-equip our classrooms and learning spaces to support a hybrid teaching model where some students are in the room while others are self- quarantining at home?


Els Collins (Co-Chair) –

John Pascarella III

John Pascarella (Co-Chair) –

Committee members

  • Francois Bar, Professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Annenberg
  • Devon Brooks (EB liaison), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Els Collins (Co-Chair), Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Production, Head of Production, School of Dramatic Arts
  • Patrick Crispen, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine
  • Patrick Dent, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Iovine and Young Academy
  • Christopher Gould, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • Clarisa Martinez, Assistant Professor of Clinical, Physical Therapy, Herman Ostrow
  • Cliff Neuman, Associate Professor of Engineering Practice, Viterbi
  • Jennifer Parga, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work, Field Education, Suzanne Dworak-Peck
  • John Pascarella, Associate Professor of Clinical Education, MAT@USC, Rossier
  • Francis Pereira, Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations, Marshall School of Business
  • Suraiya Rasheed, Professor of Pathology, Keck School
  • An-Min Wu, Lecturer, Spatial Sciences Institute, Dornsife College

Ex Officio Members

  • Winston Crisp, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Jennifer Ferry, Senior Director, Engagement, Change and Portfolio Management, ITS
  • Catherine Quinlan, Dean, USC Libraries
  • Doug Shook, CIO, ITS