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PhD Students on the Job Market

The iSchool at Syracuse University produces top-notch PhDs in Science and Technology.  iSchool doctoral graduates build on our 40 year history of impact and innovation. Each graduate embodies the iSchool’s distinguishing characteristics of interdisciplinarity, the roles of information, and the contributions of technologies.

Graduates have developed skills in leading classes, participated in academic service, and pursued independent scholarship that is subject to review and approval by a committee of seven academics, including two from outside the faculty of the iSchool.

The following students are on the job market, and we encourage you to return often as this page is updated frequently.


Dane Dell

Dane Andre Dell
Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
dadell@syr.edu

I defended my dissertation in May 2017.

Advisor:  Murali Venkatesh

Naybell Hernandez

Naybell Hernandez
Ph.D.
nhernand@syr.edu 

I defended my dissertation in December 2015.  I'm currently working as an adjunct professor at Utica College's Computer Science department teaching online classes.

Advisor:  Kevin Crowston

Corey Jackson

Corey Jackson
Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
cjacks04@syr.edu

I plan to defend my thesis proposal in Fall 2017 and my thesis in Spring 2018.

My thesis explores the design and integration of crowd work in organizational settings.

Advisor:  Kevin Crowston

Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks

Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks
Ph.D.
221 Hinds Hall
auramnar@syr.edu

I completed my dissertation in September 2015 and graduated from the PhD program in December 2015. My dissertation explores fostering higher order learning skills through experiential learning by game design within the library space. My academic training is in the information science field.

This includes a Master of Library Science (2003) and a Master of Science in Information Management (2004) both from Syracuse University. My other studies were in the life sciences, BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Food Science and Technology (2000) from the University of the West Indies. I am still looking for the appropriate interdisciplinary niche to combine these two disciplines. Prior to entering the PhD program I worked as a librarian primarily involved in web development and management, development of digital collections and managing various aspects of library systems. I completed my dissertation in September 2015 and will be graduating from the PhD program in December 2015. My dissertation explores fostering higher order learning skills through experiential learning by game design within the library space. My academic training is in the information science field. This includes a Master of Library Science (2003) and a Master of Science in Information Management (2004) both from Syracuse University. My other studies were in the life sciences, BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Food Science and Technology (2000) from the University of the West Indies. I am still looking for the appropriate interdisciplinary niche to combine these two disciplines. Prior to entering the PhD program I worked as a librarian primarily involved in web development and management, development of digital collections and managing various aspects of library systems.

Research

My primary research interest lies within the domain of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) with a focus on digital youth. Much of my research revolves around the following themes: coding as a literacy, game design in experiential learning environments, exploration of learning theories in collaborative learning spaces, socio-technical approaches in learning environments; learner characteristics in distance learning, collaborative learning within the wireless grids sphere, role of libraries and librarians as learning facilitators in the networked world. One of my current goals is to link the explorations occurring in CSCL, with research and evolving practice models relating to libraries.

More recently, I have become very interested in the smart grid phenomenon. Exposure to this domain began with my graduate and postgraduate work with the smart grid research team at Syracuse University. However, my sustained interest was primarily catalyzed by the realization of its impact. From my view, smart grids can be considered as one of the biggest technological revolution happening within this decade. While this area does not fall within my primary research sphere, working in this arena has help me to become more nimble and adaptable as a researcher as well as offering me opportunities to hone my research skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Teaching

Before joining the PhD program I taught as an adjunct instructor in courses related to digital libraries, data and content management, digital information retrieval, library systems and technologies. I maintained my teaching throughout the program. As a librarian I was mainly involved in the application of technologies to streamline operations. In my courses I draw upon my work experiences and bring real cases into the classroom. I am interested in teaching courses with a more technical spin; more specifically - database design and management, web development, web content management and research design for graduates.

Advisor:  Scott Nicholson

Jerry Robinson

Jerry Lamont Robinson
Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
jlrobi02@syr.edu 

I plan to defend my dissertation in AY 2017 – 2018.

Advisor:  Jenny Stromer-Galley

Sikana Tanupabrungsun

Sikana Tanupabrungsun
Ph.D. Candidate
337 Hinds Hall
stanupab@syr.edu

I plan to defend my dissertation in AY 2017 – 2018.

Advisor: Jeff Hemsley

Vargas

Patricia Adriana Vargas Leon

Ph.D. Candidate
221 Hinds Hall
pavargas@syr.edu

I plan to defend my dissertation in Fall 2017.

Advisor:  Jenny Stromer-Galley

You Zheng

You Zheng
Ph.D. Candidate
337 Hinds Hall
yozheng@syr.edu 

I defended my dissertation in April 2017.

Advisor:  Jason Dedrick


Recently Placed PhD Students

Lauren Britton

Lauren Britton
Ph.D.
lmbritto@syr.edu

Lauren Britton has accepted a position as Assistant Professor - Emerging Media in the Communications school at Ithaca College, Ithaca NY, starting August 2017.

Fatima Espinoza Vasquez

Fatima Espinoza-Vasquez
Ph.D.
fkespino@syr.edu 

I defended my dissertation in May 2016

Advisor:  Murali Venkatesh

Fatima has accepted a Tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the School of Information Science (iSchool) at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, starting in August 2017.

David James

David James
Ph.D.
dljame01@syr.edu 

 I defended my dissertation in May 2016.

Advisor:  Steve Sawyer

David has accepted an Assistant Professor of Practice position in the Computer Science Department at George Washington University in Washington DC, starting in July 2017. His focus will be to teach and research how students can learn computer science by making music and musical instruments.

Adreas

Andreas Kuehn
Ph.D.
221 Hinds Hall
ankuhn@syr.edu

I defended my dissertation in March 2016.

Advisor:  Milton Mueller

Gabriel Mugar

Gabriel Mugar
Ph.D. Candidate
337 Hinds Hall
gmugar@syr.edu 

I plan to defend my dissertation in Fall 2016

Advisor:  Carsten Osterlund

Gabe is a Research Associate and Affiliate Faculty, Engagement Lab at Emerson College in Boston MA. Gabe was also the winner of the 2017 All-University Doctoral Prize for the iSchool.

Susan Rothwell is now a postdoc researcher at Rochester Institute of Technology in the College of Science, School of Physics and Astronomy.  She is working on an NSF funded education research project investigating STEM workforce development and 21st century skills from the perspectives of faculty, students, employees and employers.

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