Professional Development Session

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Doctoral Consortium

Day: 7 November 2024
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Price: Free for Conference Attendees
Location: Hilton Chicago Downtown 
Facilitators: Kathy L. Guthrie, Corey Seemiller, L.J. McElravy, Priscilla Hammond, Kimberly LaComba

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Full Description

The Scholarship Member Community is happy to offer and present the Doctoral Consortium again this year at the 2024 ILA Global Conference. This program has been offered for 5+ years at the global conference, and occasionally online mid-year. This year, to make the program available for as many doctoral students as possible there is no cost. Lunch will be on your own this year. We have provided a 90-minute window to give you time to stretch your legs and get something to eat.   


Final Schedule Subject to Change  

9:00 – 9:30: Welcome, Introductions, & Overview of consortium  

9:30 – 10:15: Rules for Success as a doctoral student and working with your chair  

10:20 – 11:05: Mind Mapping: Tools for the Dissertation Student 

11:10 – 12:00: Theoretical Concept and Conceptual Framework 

12:00 – 13:30:  Lunch – On your own 

13:30 – 14:15: Which comes first the Research Question or the method 

14:20 – 15:05: Goal setting how to get from Doc Student to Doctor  

15:10 – 15:55: Science of Writing: Strategies and Formulas for Managing Your Writing 

15:55 – 16:15: Wrap Up and conclusions 


Kathy Guthrie

Dr. Kathy L. Guthrie is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education program, Dr. Guthrie also serves as the director of the Leadership Learning Research Center and coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. Her research focuses on leadership learning in higher education contexts. More specifically, culturally relevant and socially just leadership learning, learning outcomes and environment of leadership education, and professional development for Student Affairs Professionals.  

Dr. Corey Seamiller

Dr. Corey Seemiller has worked in higher education for more than 20 years in both faculty and administrative positions in higher education. She has both taught and directed programs related to her areas of expertise, which include leadership, civic engagement, career development, and social justice. Her student affairs background includes Residence Life, Academic Advising, Career Services, Fraternity and Sorority Programs, Educational Opportunity Program (recruitment and retention of low-income, first-generation students), and Student Involvement and Leadership. 

LJ McElravy

Dr. L.J. McElravy is an Associate Professor of Leadership in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Dr. McElravy’s research and extension efforts are focused on leader and leadership assessment, leadership training and development based on positive psychology, and developing shared leadership systems prepared to engage in effective creative and innovative problem-solving. Dr. McElravy’s four years in the U.S. Army helped shape his beliefs about leadership being a truly developmental process that can greatly impact the success of teams, organizations, and communities. 

Dr. Priscilla Hammond

Dr. Priscilla Hammond has worked in business environments, including marketing, national accounts, and management in the staffing industry, as well as recruiting and human resource management for a high-tech engineering and manufacturing corporation. 

Kimberly LaComba

Kimberly LaComba, Ph.D. is the Director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program and an Assistant Professor of Global Leadership at SMWC. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, she has served in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. Dr. LaComba has taught both graduate and undergraduate students in business and leadership courses. She has developed global partnerships and international study abroad agreements in various countries throughout the world. Dr. LaComba has presented and led engaging workshops at conferences both within the USA and internationally, been awarded grant funding for research and program development, and provided consulting services to higher education institutions focused on a variety of topics such as online curriculum development. Dr. LaComba was previously awarded the Ambassador Wilkowski Global Perspectives Faculty Development Grant that supported her initial cross-cultural research focused on motivation as an academic success factor in the Republic of Ireland. Additional research in Ireland included a qualitative investigation on the experiences of college students’ degree choice while specifically considering global leadership and global mindset. Her current research agenda includes qualitative studies in the areas of responsible global leadership in the Galapagos Islands, global leadership doctoral program curriculum and development, and she leads students to widen their global lens through her faculty-led study abroad and virtual study abroad initiatives.