The University of North Texas' Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. Program responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age. It also recognizes the increasing roles of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs.
Upon graduation, you can contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society as an administrator, researcher or educator.
Our program is the nation's largest fully interdisciplinary doctoral program and the second largest Ph.D. program in the discipline. Its interdisciplinary structure deliberately encourages interactions among students and faculty members in different academic units. Some of these units include:
This allows you to develop a degree plan tailored to your individual interests. Other advantages include:
You can meet other students and professionals in one of our student organizations, through online networking opportunities or by attending the College of Information Colloquium lecture series.
The university also provides several services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
A Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
The College of Information is located at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility four miles north of the main campus. It is designated as an iSchool, a consortium of international information schools or colleges, which makes UNT one of only two Texas universities to be part of this initiative. By banding together with other leading universities to promote information access and management, the college is helping lead the information revolution.
The Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. program brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate technologies and practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness. Research support services are provided mainly by the Department of Information Science in collaboration with other affiliated departments through summer research grants, travel grants and access to research labs and research centers.
The Information Research and Analysis Lab advances the best practices in research and analysis methods, and it facilitates the interdisciplinary research endeavors of faculty members, staff and students in the College of Information. The lab also manages a web-based repository of best practices and techniques and offers fee-based services to nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
The Intelligent Information Access Lab explores effective and efficient methods for access, interaction and analysis of large, distributed, heterogeneous, multimedia and sometimes multilingual information.
The Visual Thinking Laboratory explores the ways humans interact with the territory at the juncture of image and meaning.
The Center for Information and Computer Security is an interdisciplinary center, bringing together individuals and organizations with an interest in information security, computer security, information assurance and cybercrime.
The admission process is competitive and based on a holistic review of your academic history and potential for success. You'll need to meet admission requirements for the graduate school along with the following Ph.D. program admissions requirements:
For international students, evidence of English language proficiency — a satisfactory TOEFL score or successful completion of the UNT Intensive English Language Institute — is required.
More information about admission requirements is available at our website.
You must pass a comprehensive qualifying exam with written and oral components before you begin your dissertation research.
We offer several financial awards to help you pursue your graduate degree. These include competitive scholarships, grants and teaching and research assistantships.
You may apply for graduate library assistantships in the UNT Libraries after completing 9 credit hours. The graduate school also provides graduate fellowships, assistantships and scholarships. Visit the graduate school website for more information on these opportunities.
Yvonne J. Chandler, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Legal information services and research; Internet resources and services; education for library and information services.
Hsia-Ching Chang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University at Albany. Cybersecurity; information architecture; humaninformation interaction; knowledge management; information policy; social media.
Jiangping Chen, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Natural language processing; cross-language information access; digital libraries; collaboration and knowledge sharing in distributed learning environments.
Ana D. Cleveland, Regents Professor; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Medical informatics; information storage and retrieval; indexing and abstracting.
Yunfei Du, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Academic libraries; international librarianship; learning styles; e-learning.
Elizabeth Figa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois. Ethnographic study of information retrieval, information behavior, storytelling and oral tradition; narrative analysis; historical research methods.
Martin Halbert, Associate Professor and Dean of Libraries; Ph.D., Emory University. Leadership and social change; digital libraries.
Suliman Hawamdeh, Professor, Director of Information Science Ph.D. Program and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Sheffield. Information studies.
Janet Hilbun, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. School libraries; young adult literature.
Jeonghyun Kim, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Digital content management in libraries, museums and archives; human information behavior; information architecture.
Shawne D. Miksa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Organization, control and access to information entities; classification research and theory; information retrieval; bibliometrics; scholarly communication.
William E. Moen, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Information and Director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Information organization; metadata; networked information discovery and retrieval; information technology standards; development and implementation; information policy; digital libraries; networked services design.
Brian O'Connor, Professor; Ph.D., University of California- Berkeley. Image document access; information seeking behavior; browsing studies; representation of questions and documents.
Guillermo A. Oyarce, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Information retrieval systems; human-computer interaction; cognitive issues in distributed networks and digital libraries.
Linda Schamber, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Information; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Information and communication theory; human information behavior; information organization; qualitative research methods.
Barbara Schultz-Jones, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Collaboration networks; social networks; school library automation; information literacy in K-12 schools.
Daniella Smith, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. School libraries; professional leadership theory and development.
Herman L. Totten, Regents Professor and Dean of the College of Information; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. Management of libraries and information agencies; diversity issues related to management; reading activities of all age groups.
Maurice Wheeler, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Management; leadership; organizational culture; diversity; public libraries.
Oksana Zavalina, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Information Science Ph.D. Program; Ph.D., University of Illinois. Metadata, cataloging and classification; digital libraries; human information behavior; subject analysis.
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