2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Doctoral Seminar

The Doctoral Seminar was created to provide graduate students who are currently enrolled in a higher education doctoral program support and information to help them successfully navigate the process. Faculty and doctoral students will facilitate activities, conversations, and structured time to reflect about how to be successful in the doctoral experience. This free seminar will include time for networking with faculty and doctoral student peers.

Participants will…

  • Reflect on the doctoral journey…beginning, sustaining, planning, completing
  • Broaden their faculty and student support networks
  • Consider the dissertation process and what it involves
  • Create a goal(s) and find an accountability partner to help meet them

Tentative Schedule

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Understanding the “Politics” within Your Department/Program

  • Rickey Hall, Vice President / Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington
  • Jason Laker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Counselor Education, San Jose State University
  • Candace M. Moore, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor--Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy (HESI) Program; Director and Affiliate Faculty--Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE), University of Maryland, College Park
  • George McClellan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Higher Education, University of Mississippi (and former CSAO at Dickinson State University and Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne)

This panel will focus on the unwritten rules in our departments, divisions, programs and institutions.  These are the social conventions, habits, idiosyncrasies, traditions and even dysfunctions that can sometimes impact our experiences, projects, research, evaluations, effectiveness and career prospects even more than achieving the content of our job descriptions.  We’ll discuss examples, navigational strategies, and suggestions for remaining authentic and impactful while negotiating with expectations to “fit in.”

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Doctoral Study from A-Z: Our Experts Tackle it All

This panel will provide helpful insights on navigating a successful doctoral journey from coursework to defense and provide tips for each stage of the dissertation process.  

2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m. | Publishing and Presenting Your Research 

Thinking about turning your dissertation into a book? Worried about publishing in peer-reviewed journals? Learn tips for querying presses, submitting to journals, and working with editors and peer-reviewers. Panelists will also discuss strategies for presenting research at conferences, in poster presentations, and for lay audiences.


*Although registration is free for the seminar, space is limited. Attendees must first apply and be accepted, as well as be registered to attend the NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia. 

RSVP: Space is Limited
Additional registration required

Sunday, March 4
12:00 pm to 3:30 pm


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