5 of the 7 members of the Class of 2015 doctoral graduates. From left to right: Keith Brand, Grace Giraldo, Jian Tang, Delicia Greene, and Claudia Louis.

By: Diane Stirling
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The School of Information Studies graduated seven new doctoral degree recipients in its 2015 class. Again this year, the number represents one of the largest classes of doctoral students in recent years.

Four students were awarded Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Information Science and Technology, while three others earned Doctorate of Professional Studies degrees in Information Management. 

Those earning Ph.D. credentials are:

  • Dr. Delicia Greene, whose thesis was, “Concrete Roses: A Critical Exploration of Black Adolescent Girls’ Literacy & Language Practices in an Online Street Literature Book Club”; advised by Ruth Small
  • Dr. Claudia Louis, who studied “Advancing a Framework for the Adoption of Challenges and Prizes in US Federal Agencies;” advised by Jason Dedrick
  • Dr. Sue Rothwell, whose thesis was on the topic, “Question-Asking Behavior of Faculty During Conceptual Instructional Design: A Step Toward Demystifying the Magic of Design.” She was advised by Marilyn Arnone.
  • Dr. Jian Tang, advised by Ping Zhang. Jian’s thesis was: “Understanding the Influences of Atmospheric Cues on Consumer Behavioral Intentions: An Affordance Perspective.”

The three students earning D.P.S. credentials are:

  • Dr. Keith Brand, advised by Ping Zhang; with the thesis, “Middle Managers’ Intention to Use Information in a Data-Driven Decision Support System: A Case Study in the Aircraft Industry”
  • Dr. Grace Giraldo, whose thesis was “Motivating Information Security Awareness (ISA): An Action Research Study.” She was advised by Michelle Kaarst-Brown.
  • Chuck Millhollan,whose doctoral studies focused on, “A Phenomenal Study of Factors that Influence Project Manager Efficacy: The Role of Soft Skills and Hard Skills in IT-Centric Project Environments.” His advisor was Michelle Kaarst-Brown.