The Ph.D. focused on library and information science (LIS) is a small, strong program composed of students who form a cohesive and collaborative cohort, and who are nurtured from enrollment through to completion of the dissertation. The program is unique in its guided preparation in the three areas of scholarship, teaching, and service. The Ph.D./LIS program is flexible and studies can be conducted at various intersections of setting, audience, and activity. Students emerge from the program with research and teaching experience, a professional activity record, and a portfolio documenting their achievements and mastery of areas of study and practice.