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 16, 2018. Participation is free for all registered AMCIS attendees. Students wishing to participate in the AMCIS 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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:
1. 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)
2. Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
3. Curriculum vita

Submit the integrated PDF document via email to by May 7, 2018.

Participating Faculty

Chair:  William J. Kettinger, University of Memphis

Co-Chair:  Rajiv Kohli, The College of William & Mary

Manju Ahuja, University of Louisville
Corey Angst, University of Notre Dame
Indranil Bardhan, University of Texas, Dallas
Sue Brown, University of Arizona
John D’Arcy, University of Delaware
Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Lakshmi Iyer, Appalachian State University
Allen Johnston, University of Alabama
George Marakas, Florida International University
Likoebe Maruping, Georgia State University
Gabe Piccoli, Louisiana State University
Arun Rai (keynote),  Georgia State University
Sudha Ram, University of Arizona
Wynne Chin, University of Houston
Chee-Wee Tan, Copenhagen Business School
Xinlin Tang, Florida State University
Monideepa Tarafdar, Lancaster University, UK


Time Senior Student Track Mid-Stage Track
7:00-7:45 BREAKFAST
7:45-8:05 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS: Bill Kettinger
8:05-8:20 AIS – What AIS and SIGs Have to Offer: Lakshmi Iyer
8:20-9:20 PANEL: Getting the Dissertation Done, Developing and Managing your Research Career PANEL: Managing Your Dissertation

9:20-10:05 Breakout Session 1 Breakout Session 1
10:05-10:15 BREAK
10:15- 11:15 PANEL: Strategizing for Your Career, Managing your Job Search and Campus Visit PANEL: Developing a Scholarly Profile and Socializing in the Profession
11:15-12:00 Breakout Session 2 Breakout Session 2
12:00-12:45 LUNCH
12:45-1:30 KEYNOTE: Arun Rai, Editor-in-Chief, MIS Quarterly
1:30-1:40 BREAK
1:40-2:30 PANEL: Developing Your Teaching Style and Managing Your Teaching Profile
2:30-2:45 WRAP-UP AND TAKEAWAYS: Rajiv Kohli


* 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.