Special Doctoral Colloquium Session: The Difficulties, Issues, and Pitfalls Doctorate Students Must Conquer in Becoming a Researcher, Author, and Scholar: An Abstract
Today’s as well as future young assistant marketing professors face growing pressures to publish their research in top tier marketing journals quickly upon graduating from their doctorate program. A fundamental question that needs exploring is “what Ph.D. program difficulties, issues, and pitfalls must doctorate students overcome in their learning processes of becoming a researcher and scholar with capabilities of writing and publishing journal quality manuscripts?”
To address this question, the primary objective underlying this special session is one of identifying the difficulties and issues doctorate students face in developing themselves into scholarly researchers and journal article authors (or coauthors). Using a Ph.D. student’s perspective, this panel session should generate meaningful interactive discussions between the panel of third- and fourth-year doctoral candidates and the audience consisting of doctorate students, at different levels of their program, on critical topics, questions, and elements, which may be counterproductive in the development of research and manuscript writing skills as well as potential solutions.
One of the unique elements of the session is the interactive “question and answer” framework of using experienced third- and fourth-year doctoral candidates as the panel members and keeping the audience to other doctorate students still in their program to create a meaningful dialogue and opportunities of exchanging invaluable insights toward the difficulties and solutions of learning to research and write journal article manuscripts while still in their program. In addition, this type of framework provides the participants opportunities of expressing possibly “good” and “bad” experiences in their process of becoming a scholarly researcher and author (or coauthor).
To highlight briefly the operationalization of this session, the four student panelists will identify a list of difficulties, issues, and pitfalls that they have experienced within their program progression. This list and brief item discussions should help generate an interactive dialogue with members of the audience. A key to this session is that the audience must be other doctorate students and not faculty members. Therefore, the audience should be built through a “doctorate student invite only” mechanism at the conference and/or on the conference program.
One hopeful outcome from the discussions of the above topics/issues, from students’ perspective, will be to provide clearer insights and understanding of how to correctly deal with the natural difficulties of becoming a scholarly researcher and journal article author. Although the major focus will be on research and writing skills, part of the session will deal with issues associated with teaching responsibilities.