Doctoral Student Profiles

The Gateway PhD program is truly global, with students and faculty residing in multiple continents. Because the program is primarily online, students have the opportunity to earn their PhD degrees without leaving their current careers or relocating their families.

Students are active participants in the research community. Many have published articles, poster sessions, and presentations. Refer to the Student Bibliography of published research. We also invite you to click the names below to learn more about our current doctoral students and the alumni of the Gateway PhD program.

Gateway PhD Program Current Students

stephen abramsStephen Abrams 
Proposal Title: Criteria and metrics for assessing digital curation success
Salvador BarraganSalvador Barragan 
Proposal Title: How Electronically Stored Information “ESI” is altering Information and Records Appraisal
Walter ButlerWalter Butler
Proposal Title: Changing in the Open: OER Textbooks, Online Communities, and the Management of Academic Libraries
Lettie ConradLettie Conrad
Proposal Title: The Student-Researcher Information Experience with Personal Academic Information Management
Lee Yen HanLee Yen Han 
Proposal Title
: A study of information literacy of graduate students in the middle-east
Katia KaradjovaKatia G. Karadjova 
Proposal Title
: Librarians' Understanding of Information Literacy in Academic Libraries in Bulgaria: A Case Study
Karen KaufmannKaren Kaufmann 
Proposal Title
: Socio-cognitive relevance of information literacy: The impact on student success
Jennine Knight 
Proposal Title
: The necessity for academic libraries to become strategic business partners: The case of the University of the West Indies
Kathleen McDonaldKathleen McDonald 
Proposal Title: Taking the Library to the People: Female Librarians and Patrons at the Victoria Public Library, 1900-1949
Richard OkumotoRichard Okumoto 
Proposal Title: Digital Storytelling in Higher Education Improves Student Learning Objectives Retention
Pat SandercockPat Sandercock
Proposal Title: Understanding EFL students’ library database usage
Nilo SarrafNilo Sarraf 
Proposal Title: Mapping the Neurophysiological and Affective Dimensions of the Information Search Process Model
Cherry-Ann SmartCherry-Ann Smart 
Proposal Title
: Towards transformative engagement: The international and foreign student stakeholders in the academic library; a view from the subaltern
Hongbo ZouHongbo Zou 
Proposal Title
: Understanding the Role of Social Media in Enhancing Participatory Services in Public Libraries
William H. Weare, Jr.William H. Weare, Jr.
Proposal Title: Faculty Research and Publication Practices in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities: A Qualitative Study

Gateway PhD Program Alumni

Laura AndersonLaura Anderson (2016)
Dissertation Title: Information Sharing in Virtual Collaboration: A Software Engineering Perspective
Melissa Fraser-ArnottMelissa Fraser-Arnott (2016)
Dissertation Title
: Personalizing Success: The Professional Identity Experiences of LIS Graduates in Non-Library Roles
Shelly BuchananShelly Buchanan (2018)
Dissertation Title: The Impact of Student-Driven, Independent Inquiry on Academic Motivation
Africa HandsAfrica Hands (2018)
Proposal Title
: Doctoral Student Motivation: An Exploratory Study of Motivating Factors for Earning the PhD
Mary Ann HarlanMary Ann Harlan (2012) 
Dissertation Title: Information Pathways: The Information Practices and Experiences of Teen Content Creators
Tina InzerillaTina Inzerilla (2013)
Dissertation Title: Community College Faculty's Teaching Social Networks and Their Implications for Librarians
Clarence MaybeeClarence Maybee (2015)
Dissertation Title: Informed Learning in the Undergraduate Classroom: The Role of Information Experiences in Shaping Outcomes 
kim morrisonKim Morrison (2018)
Dissertation Title: Counter-story as Curriculum: Autoethnography, Critical Race Theory, and Informed Assets in the Information Literacy Classroom
Maria Otero-BoisvertMaria Otero‑Boisvert (2015)
Dissertation Title: Funding the Academic Library: An Ethnography
Mary-Jo RomaniukMary‑Jo Romaniuk (2014)
Dissertation Title: Developing Emerging Leaders in the Library Profession: Program Content, Self-efficacy and Leadership
Cheryl StenstromCheryl Stenström (2012) 
Dissertation Title: Factors Influencing Funding Decisions by Elected Politicians at the State/Provincial Level: A Case Study of Public Libraries in Canada
Virginia TuckerVirginia Tucker (2013)
Dissertation Title: Acquiring Search Expertise: Learning Experiences and Threshold Concepts
Diana WakimotoDiana Wakimoto (2012)
Dissertation Title: The History of Queer Community Archives in California Since 1950