Awards and Honors — Gateway PhD


Students, alumni and faculty members of the Gateway PhD program are making waves in our global communities. Their research and contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. We are proud to highlight their notable accomplishments. 

  • Dr. Clarence Maybee, Associate Professor, Purdue Libraries & School of Information Studies, was named the W. Wayne Booker Endowed Chair in Information Literacy in February 2021. More info: 
  • Dr. Niloufar Sarraf received a 2019 QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, given in recognition of her outstanding contribution and the standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice. Dr. Sarraf’s dissertation is entitled Mapping the Neural Activities and Affective Dimensions of the ISP Model: Correlates in the Search Exploration, Formulation, and Collection Stages. Her supervisory team was Dr. Sylvia Edwards, Dr. Ian Stoodley, and Dr. Virginia Tucker. Congratulations, Nilo!
  • Dr. Kim Morrison received a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in 2018, 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, Kim!
  • Dr. Karen Kaufmann 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. Way to go, Karen!
  • 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 Gateway PhD program since its inception. 
  • Dr. 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.” Dr. Smart’s research focuses on services to international and foreign students in academic libraries. Congratulations, Cherry-Ann!