Our dear friend and colleague Scott Barker, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of iSchool IT, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 23, 2021.

For over 20 years, Scott has been an integral part of the iSchool community and we are incredibly fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him. 

During his tenure, he was a teaching faculty member and head of IT at the iSchool, and from 2006 until 2017, served as chair of the Informatics program. Scott was an outspoken and tireless advocate for the students he taught and worked hard to expand access to our Informatics program. He was generous to all with his time, knowledge and resources.

Scott’s passing is an immeasurable loss to the iSchool community and his friends and family, and we will miss him more than words can express. Read about his impact and legacy.

We invite you to sign the guestbook and share a remembrance of Scott. Those wishing to honor Scott’s memory are encouraged to give to the endowment he established at the iSchool. The Scott Barker Endowed Fund for Excellence in Informatics supports Informatics students who demonstrate academic merit and leadership potential. You can learn more about Scott’s passion for and contributions to Informatics in this story marking the program’s 20th anniversary in 2020

We are indebted to Scott for his friendship, student advocacy, and his expertise and passion for all things iSchool.