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Fall 2016

A Message from the Director The stars we are given. The constellations we make.
Prof. Vanessa Patrick, Director of Doctoral Programs

Dr. Vanessa Patrick-Ralhan
Bauer Professor of Marketing and Director of Bauer Doctoral Programs

During the doctoral program orientation this year, I used these beautiful words from one of my favorite authors, Rebecca Solnit, to illustrate to our incoming cohort of doctoral students that our doctoral program at Bauer is designed to provide them with the tools for success in academia, but it is they themselves who have to use these tools with skill, grit and hard work to achieve academic success.

This newsletter is a collection of the stories of recent successes and achievements in the Bauer doctoral program. In this issue, I want to highlight the student experience here at Bauer. You will read about the outstanding achievements of students and faculty recognized by the Doctoral program awards. Doctoral alumnus, Codou Samba, a recent graduate from the Management department, placed in University of Tennessee (a Tier 1 research institution), eloquently captures her experience as a doctoral student at Bauer. In addition, the newsletter documents the awards and student experiences that point to the constellations that are being made everyday here at Bauer.

I wish you all a happy and productive Fall semester.

To read previous issues of the Bauer Doctoral Program newsletter, please click here.



Important Dates & Deadlines

November 2016: Nominations open for University-wide Graduate Teaching Awards. Current doctoral students: If you meet the criteria, please request to be nominated. We have learned at Bauer that when we participate, we win! Learn more.

January 10, 2017: Application Deadline for the Accounting Ph.D. program. Apply Now.

February 1, 2017: Application Deadline for the other five Ph.D. programs. Apply Now.

April 7, 2017: The 3rd Annual GRaSP (Graduate Research and Scholarship Projects) Day will be on April 7, 2017. Nominations will begin in October 2016. Learn more.

For more information on our programs and how to apply, please visit us at or contact Doctoral Programs Director Professor Vanessa Patrick at


Doctoral Program Awards

Doctoral Research Celebrated With Bauer Doctoral Program Excellence Awards: Bauer College recently recognized business research from its doctoral program by announcing recipients of this year’s Bauer Doctoral Program Excellence Awards. Now in its second year, the awards program identifies and rewards outstanding doctoral faculty and students within the college. The categories include Best Bauer Dissertation Proposal Award, Best Bauer Dissertation Award, Bauer “A Hit” Research Team Award, and Bauer Faculty Mentorship Award. Read more.


In Their Own Words

Doctoral Alumni Codou Samba on her experience as a doctoral student at Bauer

Bauer is definitely where awesome has happened for me! As I participated in the Spring 2016 Bauer Convocation ceremony, I was overcome by the undeniable truth of this simple, but powerful statement. I chose the Bauer College to pursue my Ph.D. because I firmly believed that the Management Ph.D. program would provide me with a solid training in conceptual thinking and methods of research. I was confident that Bauer would prepare me well for a career in academia… and it has!

Throughout my time at Bauer, I have learned from high caliber faculty. I highly value the guidance and support that my advisor, Dr. Dusya Vera, has provided me with. She has been a great leader, mentor, advocate and friend for me, as well as for many in the doctoral program. Dr. Steve Werner and Dr. Jim Hess provided me with strong research method competencies. Dr. Chet Miller instilled in me the pursuit for high-quality theory and scholarship. Dr. Vanessa Patrick inspired me to aim high in my job search and pursue my dream of joining a Tier-1 institution. Dr. Dale Rude and Dr. Skip Szilagyi guided me in my teaching and the practical sides of my research. Every faculty member in the Department of Management has helped in one way or another during my journey as a doctoral student.

Read more from Codou Samba.

Future Faculty Fellows: New Professor Training
and So Much More

By Alex Tawse, 3rd Year Doctoral Student of Management

This August I participated in the Future Faculty Fellows (F3), a program organized by the Graduate School at the University of Houston to help prepare graduate students for a career in academia. The F3 program follows a best practices framework developed by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a coalition of 23 research universities that strives to enhance the quality of undergraduate education. The Fellowship is comprised of a series of workshops, discussions and seminars designed to improve teaching and assessment skills. Following a full day boot camp that covers the nuts and bolts of being a college professor, participants choose from a variety of two or three-hour workshops offered over a three-week period. The workshops include topics like Engaging Students, Managing a Classroom, and Teaching Online, and each session is taught by a member of the UH faculty recognized for teaching excellence.

Read more from Alex Tawse.

Doctoral Progam News
Doctoral Numbers


New Doctoral Students: This year we welcomed nine new doctoral students. They were handpicked by our different departments to be promising future academics. Welcome to Bauer! Meet them on Instagram.

Graduate Teaching Excellence: Doctoral candidate Klavdia Ballard from the Department of Management was honored by the Office of the Provost with the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award for her achievements in the classroom. Read more.

Research Award: Kyoung Yong Kim, recent graduate from the Department of Management, now Management Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, was named the winner of the 2016 Kenneth E. Clark Award for his paper on Supportive Leadership: Its Effects on Job Performance via Improved Exchange Relationships Between Subordinates.

Resources from our Facebook community archives

Our Facebook community is growing daily. To be part of our closed group, please request membership on to the “Bauer Ph.D. Program”. Here is a sampling of some of the articles posted the past few months.

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Recommended Reading: Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic’

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Humility at its Best: CV of failures: Princeton professor publishes résumé of his career lows

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Importance of the Things You Learned in Kindergarten

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Time Management Tips: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time

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Enhancing Productivity: The Morning Routine That Will Save You 20 Hours a Week

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Innovative Teaching Tips for the New Semester


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