4th Annual Doctoral Consortium

Designed for doctoral students at any stage of their program, this year’s consortium will be online and included with your conference registration fees!  In understanding that the study of leadership is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, students studying leadership from any discipline are welcome to attend and add to the conversations!

Participate: 1 ) Register for the Conference then 2 ) Reserve your seat here (no additional charge).

4th Annual Doctoral Consortium

Thursday 5 November - See Schedule Below

Spend the day learning from doctoral faculty, dissertation advisers, writers, researchers, and other students to strengthen your dissertation journey!

The 4th Annual Doctoral Consortium offers a forum for students to learn together and create a supportive community. We will create a space to gather, form a sense of community, get feedback on research agendas, and advance their careers by learning from one another. A cadre of established scholars, dissertation chairs, and practitioners in the field has been assembled to help guide the conversation and contribute ideas and support. 
The sessions throughout the day will include discussions with faculty on tips for successful doctoral students, goal setting, and digging into the dissertation process. This year’s consortium is focused on helping the doctoral student focus on their process and see how their development contributes to the final dissertation product. We will discuss voice, methods, and the importance of finding your voice in the research. The day will be spent with faculty members who are scholarly, developmental, authors, with a student focused approach. Your informal conversations with the faculty and your student colleagues will round out the learning focused presentations.

What Will Attendees Gain?
  • Support on your doctoral journey.
  • Feedback on your research agenda.
  • Community from other doctoral students, recent doctoral graduates, and established scholars and practitioners.
  • Understanding of what’s asked in a dissertation and why (even if formats vary across universities, main components are still the same).



Schedule (date/time listed are EST -5UTC)
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Introductions & Overview of Consortium
11:30 - 12:15 Rules for Success as a doctoral student and working with your chair
This session will focus on practical strategies and tips for completing a high-quality dissertation (and what to do beyond that). Working with your chair, adviser, is a key piece of the dissertation process and timelines. These strategies include having the right mindset, keys to good writing, and leveraging your dissertation for life beyond graduate school.
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 13:15 Getting Organized: Doctoral Edition
This session will provide tools, tips, and strategies to help doctoral students stay organized as they navigate coursework, exams, dissertation completion, and publications. Including both "old school" methods of pen and paper and newer technologies and applications such as reference software, participants are sure to leave the session with at least one new idea for how to get and stay organized.
13:15 - 13:30 Break
13:30 - 14:15 Theoretical Concept and Conceptual Framework
This aspect of the doctoral dissertation is as important as the research question. The conceptual framework provides a lens and structure for the overall project, the literature review, and your methods.
14:15 - 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:15 Which comes first the Research Question or the method
Explore the process of developing research questions and choosing research methodology. Discuss the interplay between these elements of a dissertation along with the likely bounding parameters for your research.
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:15 The Science of Writing: Strategies and Formulas for Managing Your Writing
Want to get that thesis, dissertation, or research paper done…and done well? This session will cover methodical approaches to getting motivated to write, staying on track with a realistic timeline, avoiding writing burnout or writing in spurts, overcoming writer’s block, and writing resources that every student should know about.
16:15 – 16:30 Wrap up and conclusion

Jasmine Collins

Jasmine Collins, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Co-Coordinator in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines how human capacity for leadership, social justice, and civic engagement is developed through participation in postsecondary education.

Kathy L. Guthrie

Kathy L. Guthrie, PhD, is associate professor in the higher education program at Florida State University. She serves as director of the Leadership Learning Research Center and associate editor for the New Directions in Student Leadership series. She has served on over 50 dissertation committees and regularly teaches doctoral classes in leadership and higher education.

L.J. McElravy

L.J. McElravy, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Associate Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. His primary research interests are leadership development and leadership education. Dr. McElravy also teaches and does research on research methodology within leadership graduate programs. His graduate students have gone on to serve in faculty roles and in professional roles outside of academia.

Corey Seemiller

Corey Seemiller, PhD, currently serves as a faculty member in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses along with serving on and chairing doctoral dissertation committees. Seemiller is the author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook, Generation Z: A Century in the Making, Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, and Generation Z Learns and has a robust record of other publications in leadership, learning, and generational research.

Kristan Venegas

Kristan Venegas, PhD, is the LaFetra Endowed Professor for Teaching and Learning and an Associate Dean in the LaFetra College of Education at the University of La Verne. Her research focuses on college access and financial aid. She is a former American Council on Education Fellow and Hispañas Organized for Political Equality Institute Fellow.

Rich Whitney

Rich Whitney, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Program Director, in the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program at the University of La Verne. He studies leadership identity and experiential leadership and currently working with the Boy Scouts on two national leadership programs and creating the Leadership Development program for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

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