PhD Prep Group

CARMA PhD Prep Group

The CARMA PhD Prep Group for 2021-2022 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 specific needs of early, middle, and late-stage doctoral students.

Examples may include learning the basics of different research methods and data analysis techniques, preparing for comprehensive exams, and developing the research methods section of a dissertation proposal. Others may relate to submitting conference papers and articles to academic journals, editorial review of articles, and job search and career management.
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.


Summer 2021

  • August 27
  • September 17

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

  • PhD, Management, University of Florida, 2010
  • MBA, Business Administration, University of Florida, 2006
  • BA, Sociology, Furman University, 2002
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:
  • Research Excellence Award, Terry College, University of Georgia, 2020
  • GDO Division Parasuraman Award for Lynch & Rodell (2018), Academy of Management, 2018
  • Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Developing Scholar, University of Georgia, 2015 

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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Panelists (Coming Soon!)