Lisa Christian (MS/IS ’12) has been selected as the second Tenopir-King Research Excellence Fund recipient. Her background is in English Literature and British history. She earned a Master’s in English (Rhetoric and Writing) from UT in 2008. Her academic interests and research led her to explore information literacy through completion of a second master’s in Information Sciences.
Her work experience includes teaching at Walters State prior to entering the MSIS program. During her time as a student, Christian worked as a graduate research assistant for Tenopir on the Lib-Value project. After graduating from the program, Tenopir offered her the opportunity to continue her work as a research consultant assisting with the scholarly reading studies.
“Through my work with Lib-Value, my interest had begun to shift towards scholarly communication,” said Christian. “It is a natural progression and connected well with my interest in information literacy and academic writing.”
Tenopir commented, “Lisa Christian is a great choice for the Tenopir-King Research Excellence Fund. Since graduating with her Master’s in Information Sciences from UT, Lisa has worked on a number of CICS research projects relating to scholarly communication, including projects funded by IMLS, the Mellon Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and Elsevier. She is an accomplished researcher, writer, and presenter. As the Tenopir-King Research Excellence recipient, she will work with me on projects that examine faculty and graduate student attitudes toward open access publishing, article sharing behaviors among scholars worldwide, and how readers and authors use and trust the scholarly literature.”
The Tenopir-King Research Excellence Fund was created in 2014 by Chancellor’s and BOV Professor Carol Tenopir and emeritus CCI Board of Visitors member Donald W. King to provide support for a recent SIS Master’s graduate to work with Tenopir on research projects related to scholarly communication.