Research Expertise

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One of the many benefits of the San José Gateway PhD program is its research-focused model. The international program follows the Queensland University of Technology program model (European doctorate model) that emphasizes student research and reading from day one. The PhD candidate's research must reveal high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis and may be in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. Prospective doctoral students are highly encouraged to start thinking early about their research interests. 

Research Areas

The San José State University faculty specialize in the following research areas:

  • Archives and Records Administration
  • Big data
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Systems and Technologies
  • Information Use
  • Education for Library and Information Science
  • Management and Leadership
  • Youth Services

Additionally, Queensland University of Technology faculty specialize in the following research areas of expertise:

  • Information use (especially, information literacy and human-information interaction)
  • Information and learning
  • Social media
  • Community and workplace information engagement

Faculty Specializations

As you ponder your initial research question, we encourage you to read the biographies and research profiles of the faculty members who specialize in your area of interest. The San José State University faculty supervise the students’ research and provide one-on-one mentoring. 

Professors

Anthony Bernier, Professor—AB (UC–Berkeley), MLIS (UC–Berkeley), MA (UC–Irvine), PhD (UC–Irvine). Doctoral supervision: information use; education for LIS, management & leadership, youth services. Specific focus: public libraries; critical youth studies; history, library design and architecture. [See Research Profile.]

Bill Fisher, Professor—BA (Arkansas), MA (Arkansas), MLIS (SUNY at Geneseo), PhD (Southern California). Doctoral supervision: management and leadership; education for LIS. Specific focus: information agencies in corporate settings; curricular issues in LIS. [See Research Profile.]

Pat Franks, Associate Professor—BS (Bloomsburg), MASS (Binghamton), PhD (Capella). Doctoral supervision: archives and records administration; information systems and technologies; management and leadership. Specific focus: archives and records centers; electronic documents; metadata and semantic web; records management. [See Research Profile.]

Debra Hansen, Professor—BA (CSU–Fullerton), MA (CSU–Fullerton), MLIS (UCLA), PhD (UC–Irvine). Doctoral supervision: history of libraries and librarianship. Specific focus: oral history; intersections of feminization and professionalization in LIS. [See Research Profile.]

Sandy Hirsh, Professor—BS (UCLA), MLIS (University of Michigan), PhD (UCLA). Doctoral supervision: information use; education for Library and Information Science. Specific focus: information seeking behavior global studies of information use; online learning. [See Research Profile.]

Geoffrey Liu, Professor—BA (Wuhan), MA (Wuhan), PhD (Hawaii at Manoa). Doctoral supervision: information retrieval; information systems and technologies, collaborative learning. Specific focus: natural language processing; virtual communities; data mining; group dynamics and decision making. [See Research Profile.]

Ziming Liu, Professor—MS (Zhongshan), PhD (UC–Berkeley). Doctoral supervision: information use. Specific focus: user behaviors in the digital environment. [See Research Profile.]

Associate Professors

Christine Hagar, Associate Professor—BA (University of Northumbria, UK), MA  History of Science & Technology (University of Northumbria, UK), PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign). Doctoral supervision: crisis/disaster information management. Specific focus: information needs and seeking in crises/disasters, using ICT in crises/disasters, roles for libraries in crises/disasters. [See Research Profile.]

Lili Luo, Associate Professor—BA (Peking), Master (Peking), PhD (UNC–Chapel Hill). Doctoral supervision: information use. Specific focus: Education for reference librarianship; Adoption of new technologies in reference service provision; Information seeking behavior in the digital environment. [See Research Profile.]

Kristen Radsliff Rebmann, Associate Professor—BS (Biology; Saint Joseph College), MLIS (Library & Information Science; San José State University), PhD (Communication; University of California,San Diego). Doctoral supervision: community-based research; qualitative research methods; literacy and learning design. Specific focus: interventions to support technology integration, learning in distance and informal learning environments; relationships between information behavior and human development. [See Research Profile.]

Assistant Professors

Michelle Chen, Assistant Professor—BS (National Taiwan University), MS Computer Science and Information Engineering (National Taiwan University), PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Doctoral supervision: Big data mining and visualization, online social network analysis. [See Research Profile.]

Mary Ann Harlan, Assistant Professor—BA (University of California, Santa Cruz), MLIS (SJSU), PhD (Queensland University of Technology). Doctoral Supervision: information use, youth services.  Specific focus: information use and learning, youth information practices in digital communities. [See Research Profile.]

Virginia Tucker, Assistant Professor—BA (Stanford University), MLS (University of California at Berkeley), PhD (Queensland University of Technology). Doctoral Supervision: information retrieval, advanced search, online learning, threshold concepts.  Specific focus: [See Research Profile.]

Lecturers

Sue Alman, Lecturer—BA (Washington & Jefferson College), MLS. (University of Pittsburgh), PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Doctoral supervision: Interpersonal communications; online teaching and learning; management/leadership. Specific focus: [See Research Profile.]

Mary Bolin, Lecturer—BA (University of Nebraska—Lincoln), MSLS (University of Kentucky), MA (University of Idaho), PhD (University of Nebraska). Doctoral supervision: Academic libraries. Specific focus: Organization, Administration, User Experience, Discovery. [See Research Profile.]

Cheryl Stenström, Lecturer—BA (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada), MLIS (University of British Columbia), PhD (Queensland University of Technology). Doctoral Supervision: influence, management, public libraries.  Specific focus: influence and decision making, library funding, advocacy. [See Research Profile.]

Consultations

If you'd like to discuss your research interests with our faculty prior to applying, we offer individual consultations. Please fill out the San José Gateway PhD Information Request Form, and we will contact you.