[LISdocstudents] Hello from New Zealand

Jackie Brodsky brods001 at crimson.ua.edu
Sat May 18 21:08:51 EDT 2013


I am in my fourth year in the Ph.D. program in Communication and
Information Sciences at The University of Alabama.  Our program includes
those who specialize in mass media, communication studies (including
critical and rhetorical studies and organization and personal
communication), and information sciences.  Information sciences comprise
the smallest part of each cohort.  When I entered the program in 2009,
there were two of us in the cohort of 23, and there were six IS
concentrators ahead of us in the program.  Now, most of those have
graduated.  In the year behind us (2010), there were no IS concentrators,
and 2011 and 2012 each had two (in cohorts of an average size of 10).  I
defended my proposal in February, and I am hoping to be able to graduate in
May 2014.

Jackie Brodsky, MLIS
Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Research Assistant to
   Project ALFA http://projectalfa.slis.ua.edu
College of Communication and
  Information Sciences
The University of Alabama
Box 870252
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0252

On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM, Nicole Gaston <Nicole.Gaston at vuw.ac.nz>wrote:

>  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:
>  http://www.economist.com/node/17723223?fb_ref=activity
> Hopefully this article doesn't put any new-ish students off continuing the
> PhD journey!!
>  Warm regards,
> Nicole
>  Nicole Marie Gaston, MLIS
> nicolemgaston at gmail.com
> 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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