Emersion Session

Doctoral Consortium

When: Thursday, 13 October | 09:00 – 16:00
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel
Facilitators: Kathy Guthrie, Florida State University; Kimberly LaComba, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; Rich Whitney, University of La Verne
Maximum Number of Registrants: 80

TICKET PRICES: $120 ILA Member | $162 Non-Member

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!

Full Description

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 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.

Tentative Schedule/Agenda

Welcome and Introductions – Dr. Rich Whitney
Overview of Consortium – Dr. Rich Whitney
Rules for Success as a Doctoral Student & Working with your Chair – Dr. Kathy Guthrie
Goal Setting How to Get from Doc Student to Doctor – OPEN
Theoretical Concept and Conceptual Framework – Dr. Kristan Venegas
Which comes first the Research Question or the method – Dr. L. J. McElravy
The Science of Writing: Strategies and Formulas for Managing Your Writing – Dr. Corey Seemiller
Wrap up and conclusion – Dr. Rich Whitney

Who is the specific target audience for this session?

Any student member of the ILA that is in any stage of their disseation work. This includes those just starting up to their final defense.

What unique leadership learnings will attendees gain from attending this session?

1. Make connections, network, with other doctoral students looking at 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.


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.

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. 

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.