Record number of SILS doctoral students graduate

June 7, 2010

photo of Manning HallThe School of Information and Library Science saw a record breaking number of doctoral students graduating in 2009 and 2010. This academic year, a total of 19 have defended their dissertations or will defend within the next few weeks.

“The caliber of student who enters our doctoral program is phenomenal,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. “Our students are intelligent and dedicated to their research and teaching. Like our previous alumni, they've aimed high to complete the program so they can go out into the world to make a difference, and they are moving into positions in a wide range of institutions including nine assistant professorships around North America."

Nearly all of the new Ph.D.s have begun working or have positions they will start this fall including:

  • Alice Etim – Winston Salem State University, School of Business and Economics
  • Nancy Baker – UNC at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, postdoctoral research associate
  • Kevin Cherry – Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), senior program manager
  • Songphan Choemprayong - Knowledge Management Leadership & Research Fellowship,
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library
  • Lewis Church – SAS, principal systems developer
  • Carolyn Hank- McGill University, School of Information Studies, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, assistant professor
  • Lovetta James - William B. Ward Elementary School, New Rochelle, NY, school media specialist
  • Weimao Ke – Drexel University, College of Information Science and Technology, assistant professor
  • Jeffery Loo - University of California, Berkeley, Chemical Informatics Librarian and Library Liaison to the Lawrence
    Berkeley National Laboratory Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library
  • Erik Mitchell - Wake Forest University, assistant director for Technology Services
  • Jung Sun Oh – University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, assistant professor
  • Sanghee Oh – Florida State University, School of Library and Information Studies, assistant professor
  • Susan Rathbun-Grubb – University of South Carolina, School of Library and Information Science, assistant professor
  • Chirag Shah – Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, assistant professor
  • Cassidy Sugimoto – Indiana University Bloomington, School of Library and Information Science, assistant professor
  • Meredith Weiss – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, associate dean of Administration, Finance and Information Technology
  • Katherine Wisser – Simmons University, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, assistant professor
  • Yan Zhang – University of Texas, Austin, School of Information, assistant professor