[LISdocstudents] Hello from New Zealand

Nicole Gaston Nicole.Gaston at vuw.ac.nz
Sat May 18 01:03:23 EDT 2013

Hello everybody,

I'm Nicole and I'm in the final stages of  PhD in Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
I plan to submit before the end of July and will hopefully successfully defend my thesis before the end of the year.

The LIS programme here in NZ is very small - Victoria is the only university in the country with a MIS programme and there are only about 8 or 9 people doing PhDs in information studies/LIS topics at the moment.  Most of my cohort are not New Zealanders - and the majority of them have arrangements with their home country universities to return to lecturing jobs once they have completed their PhDs here.

I'm just wondering if any other members of this list can comment on the size of their LIS PhD cohort at their universities?
I'm trying to get an idea of how many people will be applying for upcoming lecturing/academic positions within the next year :)

My perception (which may be completely wrong) is that within LIS finding academic positions may be slightly less difficult than other disciplines.  For example, an associate of mine nearing PhD completion in the School of Architecture told me he has 15 other colleagues just within his own school who will be looking for academic positions in the next year.     At least in this part of the world, we don't have that many people doing PhDs in LIS.  WIthin my school, I may be the only LIS PhD trying to find an entry-level academic posting within the last 2 years and for next 3 years.  However, most likely the number of architecture programmes worldwide outnumber MLIS/MIS/LIS programmes.

What is the situation in the rest of the world?
What do you plan to do once you finish your PhDs?

On a somewhat related topic, this is an interesting article from the Economist a few years ago about the state of PhD education and hope of employment:

Hopefully this article doesn't put any new-ish students off continuing the PhD journey!!

Warm regards,

Nicole Marie Gaston, MLIS
nicolemgaston at gmail.com<mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com>
nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz<mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz>

Doctoral student in Information Studies
School of Information Management
23 Lambton Quay, Rutherford House 506
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

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