Gateway PhD


Gateway PhD Program

The Gateway PhD program is an international doctoral degree program that prepares individuals for research, faculty, and leadership positions in the field of library and information science. 

IMPORTANT: The Gateway PhD program is currently closed to new applicants for the coming year. We are updating our application procedures. Please fill out the Information Request Form if you would like to be notified when applications open.

Convenient Online Learning

With this convenient, primarily online program, information professionals and academics can earn their Doctorate of Philosophy degree with a focus on Library and Information Science without having to relocate or disrupt their current careers. The doctoral program can be completed on a part-time basis with up to eight years total duration.

Research Focus

Gateway PhD students focus on their research from the very beginning of the program. They conduct original research and receive one-on-one mentoring from faculty who are award-winning scholars, researchers, and educators, representing two continents and a truly international perspective.

Doctoral students also participate in monthly online seminars, keeping in touch with members of their cohort and their international supervisory committee.

“One of the unexpected and valued benefits of the program was the input and support I received from faculty members who were not necessarily on my supervisory team but who took an interest in my work.” – Dr. Mary Ann Harlan

Annual Residencies

Once a year, the Gateway PhD students and faculty meet in-person during a short residency held at San José State University in San José, California. “The residencies, when I could meet in person with my supervisors, were energizing. The monthly online meetings were also useful in checking in and keeping in contact, so I never felt on my own,” said Dr. Diana Wakimoto, the first individual to complete the Gateway PhD program.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Alumna Dr. Kim Morrison received a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in 2019, given in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to her chosen discipline and the standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice. Dr. Morrison’s dissertation is entitled Counter-story as Curriculum: Autoethnography, Critical Race Theory, and Informed Assets in the Information Literacy Classroom. Her supervisory team was Dr. Sylvia Edwards, Dr. Christine Bruce, and Dr. Virginia Tucker. Congratulations, Dr. Morrison!
  • Dr. Karen Kaufmann, a 2019 graduate, was awarded a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in 2017. This award is given by Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information science and information technology.
  • Alumnus Dr. Clarence Maybee received a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2015. It is in recognition of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice, and for his contribution to the LIS discipline. The committee chooses the recipients for this prestigious award from all dissertations completed across the university during the year, and places him in the top 5% of successful doctoral candidates for 2015. Drs. Kristen Rebmann, Christine Bruce, and Mandy Lupton were members of Clarence’s supervisory team. Well done, Clarence!
  • Professor Emeritus Bill Fisher has been named adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology. Adjunct appointments at QUT are honorary postings designed to involve “distinguished and talented professionals and academics in teaching and research activities.” Professor Fisher has been involved with the San José Gateway PhD program since its inception. 
  • Doctoral candidate Cherry-Ann Smart was selected as a 2016 Society for Scholarly Publishing International Fellow. One of a handful to be chosen from over 100 applicants, the honor includes membership to the Society, access to a mentor, and travel and attendance at the 38th Annual Meeting that took place in Vancouver, Canada from June 1-3, 2016. The Society for Scholarly Publishing is “a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field.” Cherry-Ann’s research focuses on services to international and foreign student in academic libraries. Congratulations, Cherry-Ann!

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