Doctoral Consortium

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.

Participant Criteria

The doctoral consortium will be held at the conference hotel on Thursday August 10, 2017. Participation is free for all registered AMCIS attendees. Students wishing to participate in the AMCIS 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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:

  • Cover sheet (no more than one page) with your name, address, email, year in which you started the program and a brief (one paragraph) description of your research interests (mid-stage applicants) or dissertation abstract (senior stage applicants)
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
  • Curriculum vita

Submit the integrated PDF document via email to by May 18, 2017.

Participating Faculty

Lynne Markus, Bentley University (keynote)

Samir Chatterjee, Claremont Graduate University

Lars Mathiassen, Georgia State University

Monica Tremblay, The College of William and Mary

Gondy Leroy, University of Arizona

Lakshmi Iyer, Appalachian State University

Wendy Currie, Audencia Business School

Camille Grange, HEC Montreal

Bill Kettinger, University of Memphis

Fay Cobb Payton, North Carolina State University

Eileen Trauth, The Pennsylvania State University

Paul Witman, California Lutheran University

Keng Siau, Missouri University of Science of Technology

Luvai Motiwalla, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Schedule for Thursday August 10, 2017

We will have a Welcome Reception for the Doctoral Consortium participants and faculty on Wednesday (August 9) 5:30-6:30pm in Boston Sheraton Hotel (the Conference Hotel) Fairfax room on Floor 3. On Thursday August 10, we will convene in Constitution Ballroom B on Floor 2.

TimeSenior Student TrackMid-Stage Track
8:00-8:20WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS: Bengisu Tulu, Stephanie Watts, Yang LeeSame as Senior Student Track
8:20-9:20PANEL: Getting the Dissertation Done, Developing and Managing your Research Program
PANEL: Managing Your Dissertation

9:20-10:05Breakout Session 1Breakout Session 1
10:15- 11:15PANEL: Strategizing Your Career, Managing your Job Search and Campus VisitPANEL: Developing a Scholarly Profile and Socializing in the Profession
11:15-12:00Breakout Session 2Breakout Session 2
“Responsible Research Practice in the Era of Big Data” by Lynne Markus
“Responsible Research Practice in the Era of Big Data” by Lynne Markus
1:40-2:30PANEL: Developing Your Teaching Style and Managing Your Teaching ProfileSame as Senior Student Track

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Bengisu Tulu

Bengisu Tulu

Associate Professor

Worcester Polytechnic University

Stephanie Watts

Stephanie Watts

Associate Professor

Boston University

Yang Lee

Yang Lee

Associate Professor

Northeastern University