Jenny Preece

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Preece in 2011

Jenny Preece is the Dean of the College of Information Studies, a Professor at the University of Maryland. and a member of the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab.[1] She researches online communities and is known for her work on what makes such a community successful, and how usability factors interact with socialibility in online communities.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Preece gained her Ph.D. at the Open University, later becoming faculty there. She went on to be a Research Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Research Center for People and Systems Interaction at London South Bank University in London. At the University of Maryland, she has studied how online communities can stimulate and support social engagement.[3]


  • Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers & Jenny Preece: Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd ed. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., (2007) ISBN 0-470-01866-6 (3rd edition 2011, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9780470665763)
  • Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (2000)
  • Human-Computer Interaction co-author, with Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, David Benyon, Simon Holland, and Tom Carey, (1994) ISBN 0-201-62769-8

Preece has published papers on trust, community, and online etiquette, including the transition of readers and participants to community leaders.[4][5] In 2011 she was selected to join the CHI Academy.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ HCIL Faculty
  2. ^ Preece's website at UMBC.
  3. ^ NSF study as of 2011.
  4. ^ OL Net biography, retrieved November 5, 2012
  5. ^ University of Trier's DBLP archive
  6. ^ 2011 SIGCHI Awards, retrieved 2012-11-05.