Doctoral Consortium

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When: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Harbor Island 3 (Common Sessions and Senior Track Sessions)
Marina 1 (Mid-stage Track)

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The AMCIS Doctoral Consortium seeks to help Information Systems doctoral students in the middle part of their doctoral studies (i.e., after their first year of the program) or later part of their doctoral studies (i.e., entering the job market within the next year) to develop an effective career plan based on their personal and professional goals. The consortium has three primary objectives:

  1. Provide networking opportunities for students with peers and faculty
  2. Help students strategize about their research, teaching and career plans
  3. Prepare students for the job market.

The program includes six faculty panels, three for the Senior Doctoral Students and three for the Mid-Stage Doctoral Students track. Panels focus on managing the dissertation and research program, teaching responsibilities and competencies, and career planning. In breakout sessions after each panel, small groups of students will discuss the panel topic with their faculty mentors and fellow students. The intent is for students to apply the panel topic to their personal and professional goals, with input from faculty mentors and peers. We will wrap-up with a discussion of how the lessons might be applied while also achieving an effective work-life balance.

(Updated July 15, 2016)

Meeting will convene in Harbor Island 3 and the Mid-Stage Track will be in Marina 1. After 12pm all events (including lunch) will be in Harbor Island 3

Saturday, August 13
Time Senior Student Track Mid-Stage Track
7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:20 am WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS: Varun Grover and Arun Rai
8:30 am – 9:30 am PANEL
“Getting the Dissertation Done, Developing and Managing your Research Program”
Panelists: Karahanna, Hevner, Mithas
“Managing your Dissertation”
Panelists: Brown, Kettinger, Saunders
9:30 am – 10:15 am Breakout Session 1* Breakout Session 1*
10:15 am – 11:15 am PANEL
“Strategizing Your Career and Job Search”
Panelists: Koch, Ravichandran, Sabherwal
“Developing a Scholarly Profile and Socializing in the Profession”
Panelists: Gupta, Bardhan, Rivard
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Session 2* Breakout Session 2*
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm KEYNOTE
by Izak Benbasat
“Evolution of Doctoral Education: Critical Success Factors for Doctoral Students”
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm PANEL
“Developing and Managing Your Teacher Profile”
Panelist: Bush, Tulu, Fitzgerald
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm WRAP-UP AND TAKEAWAYS

* Breakout Sessions will involve rotation of faculty mentors to small groups of students. This will provide for a more flexible context for interaction among the students and faculty mentors.

Faculty Counselor List

Izak Benbasat, University of British Columbia
Indranil Bhardan, University of Texas at Dallas
Sue Brown, University of Arizona
Ashley Bush, Florida State University
Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick
Alok Gupta, University of Minnesota
Alan Hevner, University of South Florida
Elena Karahanna, University of Georgia
Bill Kettinger, University of Memphis
Hope Koch, Baylor University
Sunil Mithas, University of Maryland
T. Ravichandran, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
Szanne Rivard, HEC, Montreal
Rajiv Sabherwal, University of Arkansas
Carol Saunders, University of Central Florida
Bengisu Tulu, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Varun Grover
William S. Lee Distinguished Professor,
Clemson University
Arun Rai
Regents’ Professor,
Computer Infomration Systems
Georgia State University


Application Criteria

Students wishing to participate in the AMCIS 2016 Doctoral Consortium should:

  1. Be studying Information Systems (or related discipline) and plan to address an Information Systems-related topic for their dissertation.
  2. Have completed the first year of their doctoral program. The AMCIS 2016 DC is more inclusive than previous years where the AMCIS consortium was focused on PhD students entering the job market. PhD students in the mid-stage of their program (typically after year 1 but before dissertation) and senior stage (typically during dissertation) of their doctoral studies are encouraged to apply.


Application Process

Consortium co-chairs will review each application. The review process emphasizes applicants’ accomplishments and potential. Students cannot apply to a track in which they have previously participated—that is, students who have participated in the mid-stage track cannot apply to this track but can apply to the senior student track. Multiple students may apply from one school. Diversity of applicants, institutions and countries will be considered in selecting the AMCIS 2016 Doctoral Consortium cohort. Priority will be given to students studying at universities in the AIS Americas region although students from other AIS regions will be included if space is available.

Collate the following materials in one integrated PDF document:

Submit the integrated PDF document via email to by May 18, 2016. Indicate in the subject line “Mid-Stage Doctoral Track Applicant” or “Senior Student Track Applicant.”