Jennifer J. Preece

Jenny Preece

Jennifer J. Preece

Professor & Dean Emerita


  • Technology for citizen science and environmental education
  • Online and place-based communities


  • Open University, Institute of Educational Technology. Ph.D


Jennifer Preece is a Fellow of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and a Professor at the College of Information Studies – Maryland’s Information School, where she was Dean (2005-2015). She is co-author of the most widely-used textbook in HCI, Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2015). Her pioneering book Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (2000), helped to clarify determinants of success in empathic online communities, especially in healthcare discussion groups. She is author, coauthor, or editor of seven other books including one of the first texts in HCI, Human-Computer Interaction (1994), as well as numerous journal and conference papers. Her heavily cited research covers online and networked communities, citizen science, informal environmental education, HCI design, data sharing, HCI education, and cross-cultural participation. Professor Preece’s current research focuses on biodiversity, citizen science, and informal environmental education; she is particularly interested in factors that contribute to participation, especially long-term participation in these communities. Her research is funded primarily by the USA’s National Science Foundation.


  • Preece, J. (2016) Citizen Science: New Research Challenges in HCI, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 32, 8, 585-612
  • Book: Preece, J., Rogers, Y., Sharp, H. (2015) Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons. 4th Edition
  • Rotman,  D., Hammock,  J., Preece, J.,  Boston, C., Hansen, D.,  Bowser, A., He, Y. (2014). Does motivation in citizen science change with time and culture? In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 229-232). New York: ACM.
  • Rotman, D., Procita, K., Hansen, D., Parr, C.S., Preece, J. (2012) Supporting Content Curation Communities: The Case of the Encyclopedia of Life. JASIST, 63, 6, 1092–1107.
  • Preece, J. & Shneiderman, B. (2009) "The Reader-to-Leader Framework: Motivating Technology-Mediated Social Participation", AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, (1) 1, Article 1, 1-21.
Research Projects: 

Innovations in Development: Community-Driven Project That Adapt Technology for Environmental Learning in Nature Preserves

Principal Investigator: Jennifer J. Preece
Investigator: Tamara Clegg

The Innovations in Development project will engage members of diverse communities associated with three partner nature preserves in Maryland, North Carolina, and Colorado, who will develop and carry out technology assisted science projects.

NatureNet - Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP)

Principal Investigator: Jennifer J. Preece, Tamara Clegg

The Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP) model is a multi-university research endeavor funded by the NSF AISL program with an objective to engage members of diverse communities in local nature and environmental conservation projects of their choosing.