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2024 The PhD Project Annual Conference


Set Your Course – Impact the Future!

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Friday, March 21 - Time (CT)
11:00 am - Registration Opens - Grand Ballroom Foyer

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch - Grand Ballroom D
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Welcome/Keynote Address - Grand Ballroom ABC 

Land Acknowledgement by Dr. Joe Gladstone, Washington State University

Blane Ruschak, The PhD Project President

Keynote address:Dean Ian Williamson, University of California, Irvine

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - The Ph.D. Lifecycle: Setting the Stage - Grand Ballroom ABC

(all attendees) This session will explore the different paths to entering a business doctoral program, the admissions/application process, university funding and career opportunities in academe.

Dr. Michael Clement, University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Accounting

Dr. dt ogilvie, Rochester Institute of Technology, Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - The Ph.D. Lifecycle: Secrets of a Successful Applicant - Grand Ballroom ABC

(all attendees) In contrast to the applications, you completed for college and other graduate degree programs, applying to a Ph.D. program is different in a number of important ways. During this session learn how Ph.D. programs view the “ideal” candidate; how admissions committees assess applicants on a number of important dimensions and gain important insights on how the successful applicant approaches each component of the application.

Dr. Maura Scott, Florida State University, Co-Director of Doctoral Program

Dr. Jose Rosa, Iowa State University, Professor Emeritus

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Break

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm - The Ph.D. Lifecycle: The Doctoral Student - Grand Ballroom ABC

(all attendees) This session offers perspectives on life as a doctoral student from an assistant professor and current students at different stages in their doctoral programs. The panelists will offer practical suggestions for achieving success and overcoming obstacles in addition to answering specific audience questions.

Moderator: Dr. Leiza Nochebuena-Evans, Murray State University, Assistant Professor of Finance

Panelists: Victor Blocker, Michigan State University 1st yr. Management doctoral Student

Nicolas "Nico" Arguello, University of Tennessee, 2nd yr. Accounting doctoral student

Arielle Lewis, Emory University, 3rd yr. Management doctoral student

Herrison Chicas, University of North Carolina, 4th yr. Management doctoral student

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm - Navigate the Discipline Breakouts - Grand Ballroom ABC

5:45 pm - 6:45pm - Discipline Breakouts/Networking Sessions

  • Accounting - Sky Harbor

Moderator: Dr. Craig Sisneros, Oklahoma State University, Associate Professor

Panelists:   Dr. Helen Liburd-Brown, Rutgers University, Associate Professor

Dr. Justin Short, University of Tennessee, Assistant Professor

Dana Nugent, Baruch College - CUNY, Doctoral Student

  • Finance & Economics - Lambert

Moderator: Dr. Jaime Weathers, University of Cincinnati, Assistant Professor/Educator

Panelists:   Dr. Stephanie Yates, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Full Professor

Dr. Jared Delisle, Utah State University Associate Professor
Dr. Anjelita Cadena, University of South Carolina, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Leiza Nochebuena-Evans, Murray State University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Haim Kassa, Miami University-Ohio, Associate Professor

  • Information Systems - SeaTac A/B

Moderator: Dr. Richelle DaSouza, Associate Professor, North Carolina A&T State University

Panelists: Dr. Rachida Parks, Quinnipiac University, Associate Professor & Associate Editor

Dr. Renee Pratt, Auburn University, Director & Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Ester Gonzalez, Cal State University- Fullerton, Associate Professor
Barry Scudder-Davis, Bentley University, Doctoral Student
Alexis Sanchez Gonzalez, Baylor University, Doctoral Student

Moderator: Dr. Rebeca Perren, Cal State University-San Marcos, Associate Professor

Panelists:   Dr. Vanessa Perry, George Washington University, Vice Dean, Professor of Marketing
Dr. Gina Brynildsen, Sam Houston State University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Erick Mas, Indiana University, Assistant Professor
Gheremey Edwards, University of Michigan, doctoral student

  • Strategy/Entrepreneurship - McCarran A/B

Moderator: Dr. Laquita Blockson, Moravian University, Dean

Panelists:   Dr. Susan Perkins, University of Illinois, Associate Professor
Dr. Joe Gladstone, Washington State University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Michelle Montague-Mfuni, University of Richmond, Assistant Professor

  • Management (Org. Behavior Panel I) - Lax A/B

Moderator: Dr. Oscar Holmes IV, Rutgers University-Camden, Associate Dean

Panelists: Dr. Angela Hall, Michigan State University, Associate Professor
Dr. Dorian Boncoeur, Notre Dame, Assistant Professor
Jose Beltran, Iowa State University, Post-Comps Doctoral Candidate
Victor Blocker, Michigan State University, Pre-Comps Doctoral Student

  • Management (Org. Behavior Panel II) - DFW A/B

Moderator: Dr. C. Justice Tillman, Baruch College-CUNY, Associate Professor

Panelists: Dr. Sean Rogers, University of Rhode Island, Professor
Dr. Katie Alexander, Loyola University Chicago, Assistant Professor
Tosen Nwadei, Emory University Post-Comps Doctoral Candidate
Devin Kilpatrick, University of Michigan, Pre-Comps Doctoral Student

6:45 pm - 7:30 pm - Open Buffet Dinner - Grand Ballroom DE


7:45 am - 8:45 pm - The Ph.D. Lifecycle: Balancing the Doctoral Program and Life - Grand Ballroom ABC

Do you feel conflicted about managing the demands of life while pursuing a Ph.D.? This session aims to delve into the day-to-day challenges of juggling life responsibilities with the demands of a doctoral program. The focus is on helping those who may feel torn between managing family obligations, leaving behind a career, or relocating to a new city for several years to pursue a Ph.D. During the session, panelists will share their personal experiences of obtaining a doctorate degree and provide practical strategies for balancing the demands of a doctoral program with other aspects of life.

Moderator: Dr. Rebeca Perren, Cal State University-San Marcos

Dr. Lenita Davis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Associate Professor
Dr. Howard Jean-Denis, Pepperdine University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Gina Brynildsen, Sam Houston State University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Mariella Zavala, Gonzaga University, Assistant Professor


Friday, March 22
7:30 am - 8:00 am - Breakfast - Grand Ballroom D

9:30 am - 10:30 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • University Fair - Grand Ballroom FGH 

Meet with university representatives of your choice.

Faculty members will review and assist with getting started on or reviewing draft of your

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Real Talk: What I Wish I Knew (Networking with Students and Faculty) - Grand Ballroom D

Networking opportunity to ask questions of members about what you wish you knew about the disciplines, doctoral programs or something else.

12:00 pm - 12:15 am - Break

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - The Ph.D. Lifecycle: Investment or Sacrifice - Grand Ballroom ABC

Faculty will share their journey as a faculty member. They will share how they view the choices they made to
achieve their dream to become a business school professor and how they continue to create a balance.

Moderator: Dr. Patricia Martinez, Loyola Marymount University

Panelists:   Dr. Randy Bradley, University of Tennessee, Associate Professor      

Dr. Laura Trevino, University of Texas-El Paso, Associate Professor

Dr. Helen Brown-Liburd, Rutgers University, Associate Professor

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm - Closing Remarks and New Faculty Graduation Capping Ceremony - Grand Ballroom ABC

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm - Lunch - Grand Ballroom D

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (ET) - GMAT session

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
3:00pm - 4:00 pm (ET) - Grad School Road Map - Fireside Chat - Q&A

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