PhD Prep Group

CARMA PhD Prep Group

The CARMA PhD Prep Group for 2022-2023 is available only to students and faculty who are associated with organizations that are CARMA Institutional Premium or Basic Members. The PhD Prep Group will host a series of live online events that focus on developing research methods knowledge and skills needed for success as a doctoral student and faculty member. Different sessions will focus on topics related to the specific needs of early, middle, and late- stage doctoral students.

Examples include A Method Lens on Developing a Research Pipeline and Research Identity, Triangulation and Using Multiple Methods, Triumphing in Your Thesis/Dissertation: Aligning Conceptual and Empirical Analysis.

The sessions will also give students from different participating schools the opportunity to network with peers from other schools and should supplement activities occurring within participants’ doctoral programs.


Winter and Spring 2022 (Participants are strongly encouraged to attend each module in the three-part series.)

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • April 8

Registration and Access Information

  • Login as a CARMA Website User. (If you are not a Website User, please sign-up as a Website User.)
  • Once you login, in the middle of the User Area, you will see an option to “Register for Special Collections”.
  • Select the “PhD Prep Group 2022” and then “Checkout”.
  • You will see the access link ONE HOUR before the event under the “Active Meetings” section in your User Area.
  • Click the “Join” button on the right side.
  • If you have any problems, contact us at

Planning Survey

  • Please help us to plan our first PhD Prep Group meeting by filling the Planning Survey.
  • Please note that you need to complete your registration process first. (Follow the steps above to register.) You will see the meeting link in your User Area if you register through the CARMA system.

A Method Lens on Developing a Research Pipeline and Research Identity

January 21, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Moderator: Bori Csillag, Oregon State University

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Presentation Slides


Allison Gabriel, The University of Arizona

Allison Gabriel joined the Eller College of Management in 2015 after serving as an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University for two years. She earned her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2013 from the University of Akron, and her BA in Psychology in 2008 from Penn State University. Her research focuses on emotions at work, employee recovery, interpersonal work stressors, relationships at work, motivation, and employee well-being, and has resulted in several awards from the Academy of Management (AOM) and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). For her teaching, she was selected by Poets and Quants as a Top Undergraduate Business School Professor in 2018. She currently serves as an Associate Editor at Journal of Applied Psychology.

John Paul Stephens, Case Western Reserve University

The research of John Paul Stephens, PhD, focuses on the roles of individual-level perception and knowledge, and relationship quality in the collective performance of groups and organizations. These research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship, which addresses how our knowledge and behavior in organizations are shaped in inherently positive or virtuous ways. Stephens has researched how individual perception in group work involves aesthetic knowledge of the beauty of the group’s coordinating and motivates constant adaptation to preserve the quality of collective performance. He has also looked at how individual strengths of good character relate to person-job fit, and how strengths-based feedback influences individual leadership development. In his conceptual work, he has looked at how what we feel in our experiences at work matters both for problem-solving at the organizational level and for a sense of dignity in our relationships at work.

Aaron Hill, University of Florida

Aaron D. Hill is an Associate Professor in the Management Department of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from Oklahoma State University. His research focuses on strategic leadership and governance, examining what drives strategic leaders like executives and politicians to act as well as the ultimate implications of these individuals for organizational outcomes. Aaron’s research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management JournalStrategic Management Journal, and Journal of Management, among others. Aaron is an active member of professional organizations dedicated to the field of management, including the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Southern Management Association.

Triangulation and Using Multiple Methods

February 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Moderator: Yihao Liu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Jessica Beth Rodell, University of Georgia

Jessica B. Rodell is the William H. Willson Distinguished Chaired Professor at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. She received her Ph.D. and MBA from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, and a B.A. in sociology from Furman University. Her primary research interest centers on corporate community engagement, which stems from her time working in the non-profit sector for both the HandsOn Network and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Her work has shed light on the burgeoning role of volunteering programs in the corporate world, highlighting the potential mutual benefits for the company, employees, and the community. Jessica also conducts research on making the best of difficult working situations (e.g., stress and misfit) and managing relationships between employees and supervisors (e.g., fairness and trust). She has published her work in leading scholarly journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She is an award-winning scholar and instructor and has previously served as an associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal.

Andrew Knight, Washington University in St. Louis

Andrew Knight is Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also the Associate Dean of WashU at Brookings and the Academic Director of Olin Lifelong Learning. Knight’s scholarship focused on the interpersonal dynamics of groups and teams, with a focus on affect and relationships within healthcare and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal.

In the classroom, Knight is an award-winning teacher, currently offering courses on leadership, teamwork, and people analytics for MBA and executive audiences and on organizational research methods for doctoral students.

Elizabeth Campbell, University of Minnesota

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Campbell is an award-winning professor of management and leadership development. Her research examines team development and interpersonal interactions in teams. Her main projects focus on the consequences high performers spark for themselves and how high performers affect their peers and their teams.

The University of Minnesota is her third “U of M”. Campbell holds a Ph.D. in management from the University of Maryland and a B.A .in psychology from the University of Michigan. She has published in leading outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology.

Triumphing in Your Thesis/Dissertation: Aligning Conceptual and Empirical Analysis

April 8, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Moderator: Kyle Bradley, Kansas State University

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John Kammeyer-Mueller, University of Minnesota

Dr. Kammeyer-Mueller’s research examines how employees adjust to new jobs, the process of career development, and how attitudes and emotions shape behavior in organizations. He is particularly interested in learning how interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisors can affect how new hires see their work environments over time. Ongoing projects also look at topics such as stress and coping, workforce diversity, and applied research methods. His work has appeared in publications such as the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel PsychologyJournal of Management, and Organizational Research Methods, among others. He has provided human resources consulting with several organizations, including the Minnesota Department of Economic Security, Allegiance Healthcare, 3M, Merck, American Express, Cargill, and General Mills. Professor Kammeyer-Mueller teaches courses related to organizational behavior and human resources in the undergraduate, masters’, and doctoral programs at the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Nelson,  University of Oregon

Andrew Nelson is a professor in the Department of Management at the Lundquist College of Business and the Randall C. Papé Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also serves as the academic director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and as the University of Oregon’s Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Nelson’s research explores the development and commercialization of technological innovations and has been featured in leading journals including Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management Journal, and Organization Science, as well as in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, and NPR.

Lisa Schurer Lambert,  Oklahoma State University

Dr. Lambert is a Professor and a William S. Spears Chair of Business. Her scholarship has focused on the employment relationship, leadership, psychological contracts, person-environment fit theory, and research methods and has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organizational Research Methods, and Psychological Methods. Dr. Lambert has served as Chair of the Research Methods Division of Academy of Management and is President-Elect of the Southern Management Association. She is Co-Editor for Organizational Research Methods and has served on editorial boards for the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. She is a frequent instructor for the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) and SMA Fellow.