Katherine Izsak

Katherine Izsak

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
 Patuxent 1117D

Katherine (Kate) oversees the iSchool’s five degree programs and overall curriculum. During Kate’s tenure, the College has generated and maintained a 300% increase in its student body and doubled its academic staff. Kate is applying her broad experience in educational policy and academic administration to the development of new degree programs in innovative areas of information science, including information design, social data science, gaming and media analytics, data journalism, library leadership, and smart and connected communities. Kate also teaches in the College and holds a faculty affiliation with the UMD Department of Anthropology. Her teaching and research interests focus on the study of disasters and community resilience, and she has further teaching interests in pedagogy and instructional design.

Prior to joining the UMD iSchool, Kate served as UMD’s Undergraduate and Graduate Director for Terrorism Studies and as the Education Director for UMD’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. She has also held positions with UMD’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL). She has over 15 years of experience in teaching and research in interdisciplinary social sciences.


  • PhD, History & Anthropology, University of Michigan
  • MA, History, University of Michigan
  • BA, History, Duke University