PhD Alumni

Alumni of the UMD iSchool's Ph.D. Program

Elizabeth Foss
Year of Graduation: 2014
First placement: Google
Dissertation Title: “Internet Searching in Children and Adolescents: A Longitudinal Framework of Youth Search Roles”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Druin

Jessica Koepfler
Year of Graduation: 2014
First placement: Intuitive Company
Dissertation Title: “Values and Self-Presentation in Online Communication by Stakeholders Related to Homelessness”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Shilton and Fleischmann

Irene Eleta Mogollon
Year of Graduation: 2014
First placement: Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Dissertation Title: “Multilingual Use of Twitter: Language Choice and Language Bridges in a Social Network”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Golbeck

Susan Copeland Wilson
Year of Graduation: 2014
First placement: Intercom Federal Systems
Dissertation Title: “Getting the Word Out: A Study of Assistance Information Made Available to Low-Income People through County Websites”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Jaeger

Dana Rotman
Year of Graduation: 2013
Dissertation Title: “Collaborative Science Across the Globe: The Influence of Motivation and Culture on Volunteers in the United States, India, and Costa Rica”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Preece

An-Shou Cheng
Year of Graduation: 2012
First placement: National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Dissertation Title: “Values in the Net Neutrality Debate: Applying Content Analysis to Testimonies from Public Hearings”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Fleischmann

Gregory Walsh
Year of Graduation: 2012
First placement: University of Baltimore
Dissertation Title: “Enabling Geographically Distributed, Intergenerational, Co-Operative Design”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Druin

Kathryn Newton Lawley
Year of Graduation: 2011
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “Information Seeking in Context: Teachers' Content Selection during Lesson Planning Using the Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive of Holocaust Survivor Testimony”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Chia-jung Tsui
Year of Graduation: 2011
First placement: National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Dissertation Title: “Studying the Relationships of Information Technology Concepts”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wang

Pengyi Zhang
Year of Graduation: 2010
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “Sensemaking: Conceptual Changes, Cognitive Mechanisms, and Structural Representations. A Qualitative User Study”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Rachael Leigh Bradley
Year of Graduation: 2009
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “Understanding and Supporting Visual Communication within Costume Design Practice”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Preece

Xiaoli Huang
Year of Graduation: 2009
First placement: Sun Yat-sen University, China
Dissertation Title: “Relevance, Rhetoric, and Argumentation: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry into Patterns of Thinking and Information Structuring”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Sheri Anita Massey
Year of Graduation: 2009
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “Digital Libraries in Schools: The Best Practices of National Board Certified Library Media Specialists”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Druin and Weeks

Miriam Matteson
Year of Graduation: 2009
First placement: Kent State University
Dissertation Title: “The Impact of Group Interaction on Shared Cognition: An Analysis of Small Group Communication”
Dissertation Chair: Professor White

Philip Fei Wu
Year of Graduation: 2009
First placement: University of Surrey, UK
Dissertation Title: “User Acceptance of Community Emergency Alert Technology: Motivations and Barriers”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Preece and Qu

Yejun Wu
Year of Graduation: 2008
First placement: Louisiana State University
Dissertation Title: “Classifying Attitude by Topic Aspect for English and Chinese Document Collections”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Oard

Soojung Kim
Year of Graduation: 2007
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “The Effect of Users’ Work Tasks on Librarians’ Database Selection”
Dissertation Chair: Professor White

Kara Anne Reuter
Year of Graduation: 2007
First placement: Worthington (Ohio) Public Library
Dissertation Title: “Children Selecting Books in a Library: Extending Models of Information Behavior to a Recreational Setting”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Neuman

Jinmook Kim
Year of Graduation: 2006
First placement: University of South Carolina
Dissertation Title: “Relevance Judgments and Query Reformulation by Users Interacting with a Speech Retrieval System”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Soergel and Oard

Martha Patricia Verdines-Arredondo
Year of Graduation: 2006
First placement: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
Dissertation Title: “Communication Structures in Computer-Supported Cooperative Learning (CSCL) Environments for Adult Learners in Distance Education”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Neuman

Jianqiang Wang
Year of Graduation: 2005
First placement: University at Buffalo, SUNY
Dissertation Title: “Matching Meaning for Cross-Language Information Retrieval”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Oard

Jinsoo Chung
Year of Graduation: 2003
First placement: Georgia State University
Dissertation Title: “Information Use and Meaningful Learning”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Neuman

Ana Flavia Fonseca
Year of Graduation: 2003
First placement: University of Maryland, University College.
Dissertation Title: “The Effect of an Integrated Knowledge Management Architecture on Organizational Performance and Impact: The Case of the World Bank”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Wiwat Puntai
Year of Graduation: 2003
First placement: Mahidol University, Thailand
Dissertation Title: “Evaluating Web-based Instructional Messages According to Principles of Instructional Design: A Content Analysis”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Soergel and Neuman

Anthony Y. Tse
Year of Graduation: 2003
Dissertation Title: “Identifying and Characterizing a Consumer Medical Vocabulary”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Anita H. Komlodi
Year of Graduation: 2002
First placement: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dissertation Title: “Search History for User Support in Information-Seeking Interfaces”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Emily E. Marsh
Year of Graduation: 2002
Dissertation Title: “Rhetorical Relationships between Images and Text in Webpages”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Laura Slaughter
Year of Graduation: 2002
First placement: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Dissertation Title: “Semantic Relationships in Health Consumer Questions and Physicians Answers: A Basis for Representing Medical Knowledge for Concept Exploration Interfaces”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Soergel and White

Lisl Zach
Year of Graduation: 2002
First placement: Louisiana State University
Dissertation Title: “When Is "Enough" Enough: An Investigation of the Information-Seeking Behavior of Senior Arts Administrators”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Abels

Allen Brewer
Year of Graduation: 2000
Dissertation Title: “Deterministic Inductive Logic: A Multi-valued Logic for Reasoning about Categories”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Walston

Wei Ding
Year of Graduation: 1999
Dissertation Title: “Cognitive Processing of Multimodal Surrogates for Video Browsing”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Soergel and Marchionini

Karla Hahn
Year of Graduation: 1999
First placement: University Library System, University of Maryland
Dissertation Title: “Electronic Journals as Innovations: A Study of Author and Editor Early Adopters”
Dissertation Chair: Professor White

Susan Claire Boerner
Year of Graduation: 1998
First placement: Capital College
Dissertation Title: “A Study of Novice Searchers' Evolving Task and Topic Knowledge”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Soergel and White

Huei Chung Lee
Year of Graduation: 1998
First placement: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dissertation Title: “Cognitive Processes in Document-Oriented Indexing”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Deborah Kay Barreau
Year of Graduation: 1997
First placement: Catholic University of America
Dissertation Title: “Information Systems for Organizations and the Problem of Ephemeral Information”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Marchionini

Danuta A. Nitecki
Year of Graduation: 1995
First placement: University Library System, University of Maryland
Dissertation Title: “An Assessment of the Applicability of SERVQUAL Dimensions as Customer-Based Criteria for Evaluating Quality of Services in an Academic Library”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wasserman

Peiling Wang
Year of Graduation: 1994
First placement: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dissertation Title: “A Cognitive Model of Document Selection of Real Users in Information Retrieval Systems”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Valerie Florance
Year of Graduation: 1994
First placement: University of Rochester Medical Center
Dissertation Title: “A Clinical Extract of Biomedical Literature for Patient-Centered Problem Solving”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Marchionini

Peter John Evans
Year of Graduation: 1993
First placement: Deakin University, Australia
Dissertation Title: “The Enabling and Disabling Effects of a Hypermedia Information Environment on Information-Seeking and Use in an Undergraduate Course (Perseus Database)”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Marchionini

Peter Liebscher
Year of Graduation: 1993
First placement: Long Island University
Dissertation Title: “Information-Seeking in Hypertext: Multiple Access Methods in a Full-Text Hypertext Database”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Marchionini

Xia Lin
Year of Graduation: 1993
First placement: Long Island University
Dissertation Title: “Self-Organizing Semantic Maps as Graphical Interfaces for Information Retrieval”
Dissertation Chair: Professors Marchionini and Soergel

Mu-Hsuan Huang
Year of Graduation: 1992
First placement: National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dissertation Title: “Pausing Behavior of End-Users in Online Searching”
Dissertation Chair: Professor White

Paul Solomon
Year of Graduation: 1991
First placement: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dissertation Title: “Information Systems for Children: Explorations in Information Access and Interface Usability for an Online Catalog in an Elementary School Library”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Nancy Daniel Wright
Year of Graduation: 1991
First placement: National Library of Medicine
Dissertation Title: “A Citation Context Analysis of Retracted Scientific Articles (Retractions, Bibliometrics)”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Sybille Anna Jagusch
Year of Graduation: 1990
First placement: Library of Congress
Dissertation Title: “First Among Equals: Caroline M. Hewins and Anne C. Moore. Foundations of Library Work with Children”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Macleod

Wendy Ann Simmons
Year of Graduation: 1990
First placement: U.S. Department of State
Dissertation Title: “Volunteer Intermediaries in Rural Information Services: A Study of Seke District, Zimbabwe (Legal Assistants)”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Xianhua Wang
Year of Graduation: 1990
First placement: University of Wisconsin-WhiteWater
Dissertation Title: “Knowledge-Based Selection of Databases: An Algorithm and Its Evaluation (Online Searching, System Design)”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Diane Ledbetter Barlow
Year of Graduation: 1989
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “The Communication of Science Information to Children Through Trade Books: The Nature of Authorship (Children's Literature)”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Macleod

Rebecca Joyce Green
Year of Graduation: 1989
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “The Expression of Syntagmatic Relationships in Frame-Based Indexing”
Dissertation Chair: Professor White

Helen Ruth Tibbo
Year of Graduation: 1989
First placement: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dissertation Title: “Abstracts, Online Searching, and the Humanities: An Analysis of the Structure and Content of Abstracts of Historical Discourse”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Brigitte Duces
Year of Graduation: 1985
First placement: World Bank
Dissertation Title: “The Role of Information in the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations (Diffusion, Decision-Making)”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Arthuree Rosemille Mclaughlin Wright
Year of Graduation: 1985
First placement: Howard University
Dissertation Title: “Access to Publication Channels in Urban Education: An Assessment of Authorship and Citation Patterns”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Lee Putnam
Year of Graduation: 1983
First placement: University of Hawaii-Manoa
Dissertation Title: “Organization Structure and Work Group Performance”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wasserman

Raya Fidel
Year of Graduation: 1982
First placement: University of Washington
Dissertation Title: “Constructing a Pattern Model of Man-Machine Interaction in Online Literature Searching”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Mahvash Keshmiri Momeni
Year of Graduation: 1982
First placement: Washington Gas
Dissertation Title: “Socio-Cultural Factors Affecting the Adaptations of the Dewey Decimal Classification in the Middle East”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wellisch

Benedict Onyechinyere Igwe
Year of Graduation: 1981
First placement: Washington Gas
Dissertation Title: “The Values of the Librarian: A Cross-Cultural Study of the Students of Library and Information Science in the United States and Nigeria”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wasserman

Alexis Jean Jamieson
Year of Graduation: 1981
Dissertation Title: “Comprehension of Entries in Printed Indexes”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Sinikka Pirjo Koskiala
Year of Graduation: 1980
First placement: Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Dissertation Title: “Flow of Technical Information Through the Industrial Information Services in Finland”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Andrea Michele Burgard
Year of Graduation: 1979
Dissertation Title: “Annual Reviews as Indicators of the Developing Structure of Scientific Disciplines”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Tamas Endre Doszkocs
Year of Graduation: 1979
First placement: National Library of Medicine
Dissertation Title: “AID, An Associative Interactive Dictionary for Online Bibliographic Searching”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Richard Harold Lytle
Year of Graduation: 1979
Dissertation Title: “Subject Retrieval in Archives: A Comparison of the Provenance and Content Indexing Methods”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Dennis Damian McDonald
Year of Graduation: 1979
First placement: Westat Research in Rockville Maryland
Dissertation Title: “Interactions Between Scientists and the Journal Publishing Process”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Kidd

Karen Brounstein Levitan
Year of Graduation: 1976
Dissertation Title: “Functions of Scientific Societies: Views of Biomedical Scientists”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Katherine Helen Packer
Year of Graduation: 1975
First placement: University of Toronto, Canada
Dissertation Title: “Methods Used by Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Canadian Universities to Maintain Current Awareness with Special Reference to the Use of SDI Systems”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Soergel

Hans Hanan Wellisch
Year of Graduation: 1975
First placement: University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation Title: “The Conversion of Scripts: Its Nature, History and Utilization with Particular Reference to Bibliographic Control”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Heilprin

Evelyn Hope Daniel
Year of Graduation: 1974
First placement: University of Toronto, Canada
Dissertation Title: “The Organizational Position of School Media Centers: An Analysis of the Role of the School Library and the School Librarian”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Reynolds

Elaine Carol Frank Sloan
Year of Graduation: 1973
First placement: Columbia University
Dissertation Title: “The Organization of Collection Development in Large University Research Libraries”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wasserman

Jane Borsch Robbins
Year of Graduation: 1972
Dissertation Title: “Policy Formation in American Public Libraries: Effects of Citizen Participation”
Dissertation Chair: Professor Wasserman