Doctoral Consortium for Advanced Students


The Online Doctoral Student Consortium (Advanced), to be held across two days from 8am–11am MDT on August 12 and 13, 2020, is designed to help those students who have completed their coursework and comprehensive examination, are working on their dissertation and anticipate entering the job market in 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 research presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. 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

Students wishing to participate in the Doctoral Consortium program for advanced students at AMCIS 2020 should:

  1. Be studying Information Systems (or related discipline) and plan to address an Information Systems-related topic for their dissertation.
  2. Have passed their comprehensive exams. 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. Multiple students may apply from one school. Diversity of applicants, institutions and countries will be considered in selecting the AMCIS 2020 Doctoral Consortium cohort.

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 500-word description of your research interests (mid-stage applicants) or dissertation abstract (senior stage applicants)
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
  • Curriculum vitae


Send your submissions to


Wednesday, August 12:

8am–8:05am Welcome
8:05am–8:35am: Keynote by Arun Rai, Georgia State University
8:35am–8:50am: Keynote Q&A
8:50am–9am Break
9am–10am: Mentoring session
10am–10:10am Break
10:10am–10:40am Panel discussion on work–life balance
10:40–11:10am Panel Q&A

Thursday, August 13:

8am–8:05am Welcome
8:05am–8:35am: Keynote by Elena Karahanna, University of Georgia
8:35am–8:50am: Keynote Q&A
8:50am–9am Break
9am–10am: Mentoring session
10am–10:10am Break
10:10am–10:40am Panel discussion on navigating the job market
10:40–11:10am Panel Q&A


Work–life Balance panelists

Sulin Ba, University of Connecticut

Dennis Galletta, University of Pittsburgh

Beibei Li, Carnegie Mellon University

Joe Valacich, University of Arizona

Navigating the Job Market panelists

Mark Keith, Brigham Young University

Jingjing Li, University of Virginia

Heshan Sun, University of Oklahoma

Ryan Wright, University of Virginia

Mentors for Doctoral Consortium for Early Students

Alex Durcikova, University of Oklahoma

Kevin Hong, University of Houston

George Marakas, Florida International University

Sunil Wattal, Temple University

Mentors for Doctoral Consortium for Advanced Students

Ahmed Abbasi, University of Notre Dame

Xiao Fang, University of Delaware

Paul Lowry, Virginia Tech

Greg Moody, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ning Nan, University of British Columbia

Gautam Pant, University of Iowa

Ali Tafti, University of Illinois at Chicago

Yong Tan, University of Washington

Kang Zhao, University of Iowa

Eric Zheng, University of Texas at Dallas