Graduate Scholar Recipients

Caitlin Bakker
Carol-Anne Croker
Elise Pepper
Adam Riggio

Graduate Scholar Winners

Caitlin Bakker
Caitlin Bakker received her undergraduate degree in English at the University of British Columbia before moving on to complete her Masters of Library and Information Studies at McGill University. Currently, she is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of Scholars Commons @ Laurier, the institutional repository at Wilfrid Laurier University, which is a co-venture of Laurier Library and WLU Press. Her academic interests include scholarly communications and digital libraries.

Carol-Anne Croker
Carol-Anne Croker is the National Policy Research Officer at CAPA (Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations) working on a DIISR funded research project investigating the sustainability of the ageing academic workforce and the changing demands by employers for upskilled labour for a globalised economies and how our University sector can respond to the predicted shortage of academics in 2020.

She is also currently into her fourth and final year of a PhD in Writing at Swinburne University of Technology, on six months leave to pursue her research speciality of Creative Industry Research and Globalised Higher Education Markets in the Creative Industries. Her artefact is a novel entitled Walking with Madness along with her exegesis investigating the voice of the author within and beyond the written text using feminist epistemological standpoint theory as underpinning her practice-led research. She also referees for two journals and has presented at numerous conferences, both national and international, and has a forthcoming book chapter, in a collection of essays on the Creativity Market, edited by Associate Professor Dominique Hecq.

Carol-Anne’s current portfolio of Conference presentations and colloquium papers are available online through the Swinburne University Research Bank online digital repository and are covered by Creative Commons


Elise Pepper
Elise Pepper graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania, Australia, majoring in English. Keen to apply her passion for literature and the arts, Elise focussed on local initiatives within the Tasmanian State Government, working on a number of unique and internationally recognised events, such as the Festival of Voices and Savour Tasmania. Beyond her homeland, Elise moved to Japan to teach English at local high schools, before finding herself in Toronto, where she is keen to pursue a career in the publishing industry.

Adam Riggio
Adam Riggio is completing his doctoral dissertation on ecological philosophy and environmental ethics at McMaster University in Canada. His work on social epistemology has been published in Common Ground’s Book Journal and presented at the Book Conference since 2009. He is a co-editor of the digital edition of the journal Social Epistemology. He has also contributed to the anthology Doctor Who and Philosophy.