ILA Doctoral Consortium 2023

Doctoral Consortium

Calling all doctoral students! Attend this interactive, cohort-based program to receive feedback on research agendas, strengthen your dissertation journey, gain advice from leaders, and advance your career!

When: 25 April 2023 | 10:30 – 17:00 EDT

Where: Online, Live Virtual Event

ILA’s 6th Doctoral Consortium is an interactive virtual forum that brings together doctoral students at any stage of their program to connect and learn from established scholars, dissertation chairs, and practitioners in the field, and create a community of future leaders.

At this Consortium, you’ll:

  1. Connect and network with other doctoral students working on a leadership focused dissertations 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. Receive feedback on your research agendas, dissertation goals, and methods of inquiry. Sessions throughout the online consortium will include discussions with faculty on tips for successful doctoral students, goal setting, and digging into the dissertation process. You will cover voice, methods, and the importance of finding your voice in the research. 
  4. Advance your careers by learning from one another and from established scholars and practitioners in the field.

Understanding that the study of leadership is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, students studying leadership from any discipline will find value in this uniquely designed program!

Past attendees have reported that the ideas and suggestions they received were things they could incorporate immediately to better inform their work as a new researcher and writer.

Interested in partnering with the ILA to sponsor the Consortium?  

What Past Attendees Say About ILA's Doctoral Consortium

“Phenomenal Consortium with very knowledgeable speakers!”

“Great facilitators!! The Consortium provided great nuggets of wisdom. Keep the encouragement going!”

“I am grateful for the time and encouragement all the presenters provided. Their tips and best practices will certainly enable me to get some traction as I commence the dissertation phase of this doctoral journey. Thank you!”

“I enjoyed the different perspectives being offered, and the faculty did a nice job of engaging with the participants in the virtual format. I am taking away practical tips and next steps.”

“This is a great educational and supportive environment for all doctoral students. I feel supported.”

“It was great to connect with other doctoral students in all different phases of their journey. I didn’t feel so alone!”

“As a new doctoral student, I found all of the sessions to be extremely helpful!”


Your registration includes full access to:

  • Three Days of Programming including keynotes, reflective conversations, and concurrent sessions including workshops, panels, presentations, and more.
  • Three Networking Lunches & Daily Refreshment Breaks
  • Morning Rejuvenation Sessions
  • Welcome Reception
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The following agenda is tentative and subject to change.

25 April 2023
10:30 – 10:45
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
11:30 – 11:45
11:45 – 12:30
Goal Setting how to get from doc student to Doctor
12:30 – 12:45
12:45 – 13:30
Theoretical Concept and Conceptual Framework
13:30 – 13:45
13:45 – 14:30
Which comes first the Research Question or the method
14:30 – 14:45
14:45 – 15:30
The Science of Writing: Strategies and Formulas for Managing Your Writing
15:30 – 15:45
15:45 – 16:30
Mind Mapping; Tools for the Dissertation Student
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. 

Consortium Facilitators

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.