Doctoral Consortium

When: Thursday, 10 February 2022 | 10:30 – 17:00 EST /  15:30 – 22:00 GMT

Where: Online, Live Virtual Event

Price: $55 ILA Members | $85 Non-members

Virtual Consortium Description​

This program is for doctoral students at any stage of their program. 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!

The purpose of the doctoral consortium is to create a forum for students to learn together and create a community of future scholars. 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 consortium will include discussions with faculty on tips for successful doctoral students, goal setting, and digging into the dissertation process. The 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 from attending this event?

  1. Make connections and network with other doctoral students working on a leadership focused dissertation for support, ideas, common interests, and community.
  2. Meet with scholars and practitioners who are advising doctoral students and publishing their own scholarship in leadership outlets.
  3. Get feedback on their research agendas, dissertation goals, and methods of inquiry.
  4. Advance their careers by learning from one another and from established scholars and practitioners in the field.

Who is the target audience for this workshop?

This is the 5th ILA Doctoral Consortium Program. This informative program is for doctoral students at any stage of their process. Past attendees have reported that the ideas and suggestions were things they could incorporate immediately to better inform their work as a new researcher and writer. “As I begin to transition from coursework to the research process, I know that the notes I took will help me be more productive.” Spend the day with us  and learn from doctoral faculty, dissertation advisers, writers, researchers, and other students to strengthen your dissertation journey. We look forward to seeing you at this virtual event on 10 February.

Take note, the following agenda is subject to change.

Tentative Schedule/Agenda
The following agenda is subject to change.
Thursday, 10 February 2022 | 10:30 – 17:00 EST /  15:30 - 22:00 GMT


Welcome and Introductions & Overview of Consortium – Dr. Rich Whitney

10:45- 11:30

Rules for Success as a doctoral student and working with your chair – Dr. Kathy Guthrie




Goal Setting how to get from doc student to Doctor – Dr. Kimberly LaComba




Theoretical Concept and Conceptual Framework – Dr. Kristan Venegas

13:30 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:30

Which comes first the Research Question or the method – Dr. L. J. McElravy

14:30- 14:45


14:45- 15:30

The Science of Writing: Strategies and Formulas for Managing Your Writing – Dr. Corey Seemiller

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:30

Mind Mapping; Tools for the Dissertation Student – Dr. Priscilla Hammond

16:30 – 17:00

Wrap up and conclusion – Dr. Rich Whitney

Session Descriptions

Rules for Success as a Doctoral Student & Working with your Chair
This session will focus on practical strategies and tips for a successful doctoral experience. Working with your chair/adviser is a key part of the doctoral experience and especially the dissertation process. Strategies include having the right mindset, keys to good writing, and leveraging your dissertation for life beyond graduate school.

Goal Setting How to Get from Doc Student to Doctor
This session will help guide the students through their own personal goals for completing a dissertation. Learning how to engage their own best styles to tackle the big task of researching and writing a dissertation. Some tools will be introduced to help with backdating and mini markers of success toward completion.

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.

Which comes first the Research Question or the Method
Description: 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.

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.

Mind Mapping: Tools for the Dissertation Student
This session will help students use the process of mind mapping within their dissertation process. These tools can be helpful in narrowing the focus of your topic to the descriptions of your participants/respondents.

Workshop Facilitators

Kathy Guthrie

Kathy Guthrie, Florida State University

Dr. Kathy L. Guthrie is associate professor in the higher education program at Florida State University. She serves as director of the Leadership Learning Research Center and coordinator of the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. Kathy has served on over 60 dissertation committees and currently serves as associate editor for the New Directions in Student Leadership series.

Priscilla Hammond

Priscilla Hammond, Southern Wesleyan University

Dr. Priscilla Hammond is assistant professor of management and leadership in the Benson School of Business, assistant director of the Flex Ministry Program, and chapter councilor of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society at Southern Wesleyan University, where she also serves on faculty senate. She was a dissertation mentor to two recent PhD graduates. Hammond is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, a missional church coach, and serves on the board of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy. 

Kimberly LaComba

Kimberly LaComba, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Dr. Kimberly LaComba is an Assistant Professor of Global Leadership at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  Her primary research focuses on global leadership and emerging global leaders.  She teaches global leadership and organizational management while also widening the global lens of her doctoral students through faculty-led study abroad initiatives. 

L.J. McElravy

L.J. McElravy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. L.J. McElravy 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, Wright State University

Dr. Corey Seemiller 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. Dr. 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, University of La Verne

Dr. Kristan Venegas 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, University of La Verne

Dr. Rich Whitney 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.