MDSA 2021
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 Theme:  Rebuild & Reconnect (R&R)

WEDNESDAY, July 28TH [all sessions shown in central time]

Welcome & Vision Session

MaQueba Massey, MDSA President

Blane Ruschak, KPMG President

COHORT 1:
New Career, New Strategies, New Goals: Treat it Like A Job

Timothy Harper, Jason Lambert, Sanaz Mobasseri

The doctoral program is a balancing act. Students will gain strategies for approaching the doctoral program process and maximizing opportunities for success. The purpose is to instill a sense of urgency in terms of academic pursuits with an understanding of time management and work life balance needs, including tangible strategies of how to physically treat a doctoral program like a job.

COHORT 2:
Stand Up and Stand out: Navigating the PhD Landscape while being the Best Student You Can Be

Mike McLeod, Jennifer Collins, Juliana Schroeder, & Ayana Younge

The purpose of this session is to provide faculty insight on what it takes to be a standout junior doctoral student. Topics include developing the mind of a researcher, presenting your ideas and research, managing time, and staying motivated.

COHORT 3:
If Publishing is the Currency in Academia, then Time is Publishing: How Not to Waste Your 3rd Year

Cameron Anderson, Rachel Arnett, Laquita Blockson, Curtis Wesley, and Katie Alexander (student)

Once classes and comps are over, it is typical to find yourself struggling to figure out what to focus on. This session will focus on tips for making the most out of your third year, including: prioritizing research projects, long-term project planning, and building your CV by attending high impact conferences.  

COHORT 4:
Am I Finishing This Dissertation or Is This Dissertation Finishing Me?: Managing and Completing Your Dissertation

Stephanie Leonard, Danielle Combs, Toschia Hogan, Samina Karim         

In this panel and roundtable session, MDSA members who recently completed the dissertation process will discuss how they personally navigated this process from start to finish, tactics that worked for them, and pitfalls that they encountered. Recommended for those who are proposing or defending their dissertation in the upcoming school year.

COHORT 5+/Job Market:
The Only Secret to Success is Preparation: Job Candidate Workshop I

This two-part session is meant to provide guidance and personalized feedback from faculty to those on the job market, including feedback on one’s job market packet, interviewing skills, and elevator pitch. Students will be matched with faculty and will be required to bring their job market packet materials. 

BREAK

11:50 - 12:20

12:20 - 1:20

[Block A]

1:20 - 1:30

1:30 - 2:30

[Block B]

2:45 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:00

COHORT 1:
Back to the Basics: Reading and Writing are Fundamental

J. Goosby Smith, Millicent Nelson & David Zoogah

The purpose of this session is to give new students hints, tips, and advice on how to read a research article. The objective is to provide students with strategies for reading and understanding a typical journal article. This session will also address the challenges associated with writing scholarly papers and help orient students toward writing their first seminar papers.

COHORT 2:
Conquering Comps Like a Champion: Here’s the Scoop on Comps

Toschia Hogan, Curtis Wesley & Jamila Maxie (student)

Faculty who have graded comps and students who have completed comps will share their knowledge and insights with students who will soon begin comps preparation. This session will include an informal introduction to the variety of exam formats for comps/prelims, however the majority of the time will be discussion and Q&A.  Please come with questions about the comps/prelim process!

COHORT 3:
Alright, Here’s the Tea No One Told You: Nuts & Bolts of the Dissertation Process

Don Moore, N Kweku Nduom & Sharon Simmons

You’re ready to start your dissertation process, but where do you begin?This session will walk you through an overview of the dissertation process so that you see how a large process can be broken down into manageable steps. Topics include: finding a dissertation topic, building a committee, and avoiding institutional politics. Recommended for those who have just completed comps and/or are at the beginning of planning their dissertation.

COHORT 4:
Now I ‘Got’ to Get a Job: Job Market Overview

Cameron Anderson, Susan Perkins, Juliana Schroeder, Phil Thompson, Howard Dennis, Sean Rogers, Natalie Cotton-Nessler & Jason Lambert

This session will provide an essential overview of the job market process for those who will begin the process at the end of this upcoming school year (summer 2021). Presenters will review what to expect, important deadlines, resources. Faculty with search committee experience help you to understand “insider information” and panelists who recently completed the job market process will share their experiences on the job market. 

COHORT 5+/Job Market:
The Only Secret to Success is Preparation: Job Candidate Workshop I

Garry Adams, Bruce Lamont, Ovul Sezer, Edward Chang, Samantha Underdalhl, J'Aime Jennings, Carla Jones, Julian Zlatev, Oscar Holmes, dt ogilvie, Irene Duhaime

Business Meeting (Invite Only)

This two-part session is meant to provide guidance and personalized feedback from faculty to those on the job market, including feedback on one’s job market packet, interviewing skills, and elevator pitch. Students will be matched with faculty and will be required to bring their job market packet materials. 

Garry Adams, Bruce Lamont, Ovul Sezer, Edward Chang, Samantha Underdalhl, J'Aime Jennings, Carla Jones, Julian Zlatev, Oscar Holmes, dt ogilvie, Irene Duhaime

Masterminding the Pandemic: We've Been Here for a Year, Now What?

Joe Gladstone, Jason Lambert, Darryl Rice, Baniyelme Zoogah

Developing resilience in every aspect of your academic career in the wake of the pandemic. From teaching, securing jobs, and everything you need to know to help you overcome the current virtual world, to converting back to in-person. Learn how to make the switch, do’s and don’ts, and ways you can master the madness.

Get Published & Paid: How To Take Your Writing Skills To The Next Level

Diana Hechavarria, Cindy Muir, Gerardo Okhuysen, Amanuel Tkleab

Take your writing skills to the next level. Whether its theory, quantitative, qualitative, or new methods, you will learn how to enhance and increase your writing skills to publish the best paper you’ve ever had.

Here is What You Can Control: My Health, My Choice

Mike McLeod, Nicole Young, Patricia Martinez, Timothy Harper, C. Douglas Johnson

This session offers practical tips for prioritizing your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and wellbeing throughout the day through holistic practices such as being present-focused, meditation, prayer, embracing challenging emotions, simplifying your life, being intentional about your diet and work/life scheduling, journaling, deep breathing, getting therapy, working with a coach, building a supportive community of collective survival, stretching, expressing gratitude, having self-compassion, and engaging in various forms of exercise that can help you think more clearly, make you stronger, have more confidence, and develop resilience.

Different Paths Within Academia

Jennifer Collins, Gwendolyn Combs, Oscar Holmes & Brittany Mercado

There are many paths that we can take as academics, but the rewards and risks of these paths are not always well understood. In this panel session, faculty will discuss less conventional paths, including: focusing on teaching, becoming a dean, non-tenure track academic positions, and alternative publication options (non-A journals, popular press, case studies). Panelists will also discuss schools that support these options.        

5:00 - 6:00

Cohort Social!

THURSDAY, July 29TH [all sessions shown in central time]

11:00 - 11:20

Opening Session

MaQueba Massey, MDSA President

Spirit Winner Speech

Trailblazer Winner Speech

11:30 - 12:55

Reconnecting with our Trailblazers

The purpose of this session is to bring back the individuals who paved a way for current students and students to come. This session should highlight stories related to academic and personal expectations in comparison to now. Words of advice, and how to continue the trailblazing legacy for generations behind you.

Bernardo Ferdman, Stella Nkomo, Diana Stone, Taylor Cox Jr., Martin Davidson, Miles Davis

Table Topic Social

Abbie Shipp, Cindy Muir, Samina Karim, Mark Bolino, Christoper Porter

Learn more about publishing in the journal of your choosing in a live Q&A session with published authors, reviewers, and editors of the following journals: AMJ, AMR, JOM, JAP, & Org Sci. 

This session will include breakout rooms dedicated to topics we all find interesting that need discussions around them. Table Topics: Diversity, Let's Link, Work-Life Balance, and What's my Identity.

1:00 - 2:00

Journal Social Panel

BREAK

2:00 - 4:00

4:00 - 6:00

FAMILY REUNION SOCIAL

MaQueba Massey, MDSA President

Herman Aguinis, AOM President Elect Speech

EC 2021-2022 Announcement, New members, Passed comps, Graduates, PhD Project Fundraiser