Thesis Chairs

The following three faculty members are willing to review proposals for a suggested Master’s thesis.

In all cases a preliminary thesis proposal needs to identify the research topic, show the originality of the research based on a literature review, contain a proposed research methodology, and a timetable of research implementation.

Proposals should fall within the areas of interest of the faculty member.

Dr. Anthony Bernier

Administration and Management
Buildings/Facilities
History of Libraries and Library Science
Information Literacy and Instruction
Libraries and Society/Culture
Public Libraries
Serving Multicultural Populations
Young Adult Services

Dr. Mary Ann Harlan

School Libraries
Information Seeking and Use/Information Behaviors
Information Literacy
Learning Design
Instructional Practices (Particularly Online)

Dr. Harlan is only interested in qualitative research–will not chair a thesis that involves quantitative research.

Dr. Geoffrey Liu

Information seeking behaviors
User and usability study of information technologies
Online teaching/learning and instructional design
Group dynamics, communication, and collaboration
Analytics and data mining (of circulation, traffic, etc.
Experimental design and quantitative methods