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Spring 2017

A Message from the Director
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prof. Vanessa Patrick, Director of Doctoral Programs

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

Scatter Joy!

I begin this newsletter with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. In our increasingly busy lives, we need to remember to scatter joy.

But, to be able to scatter joy, you have to first be, and feel, joyful yourself. We have to seek simple pleasures and find joy in our life and work. I am reminded of the wonderful documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” in which the 85-year old, three Michelin star chef and sushi master enacts a ritual of creating excellence every day, seeking constant improvement. He found what he loved at a young age and he did it with joy everyday of his life!

Another source of inspiration is the National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones’ film “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” I suggest settling into a favorite chair with your beverage of choice and watching this beautiful and inspiring film, which you can access here.

The Bauer Ph.D. program has had yet another successful semester. We announced the new research and travel grants for our doctoral students. So many of our students presented their research in conferences all over the world. Our featured faculty is a renaissance woman, who “leaves a place better than she found it.” Our selection from our Facebook archives has an underlying theme that emphasizes the importance of being an “uplifter” and an inspiration to others.

I hope you feel a spark of joy and happiness as you read about these wonderful accomplishments of our doctoral students and faculty at Bauer!

I wish you all a happy and productive Spring semester.

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


Doctoral Program Grants

In November 2016 we announced two new annual sources of funding for Bauer doctoral students.

We at Bauer are committed to doctoral education and to creating a world-class doctoral program. In keeping with this vision, the Ph.D. committee worked with the Dean’s Office to institute two new funding opportunities for Bauer doctoral students:

  1. A seed money research support grant (details here)
  2. A travel grant (details here)


Since the beginning of the year, we have given out seven research grants and eight travel grants to deserving doctoral students.

We are hopeful that, with this additional support, our students are able to pursue interesting and important research questions, and represent Bauer well at the conferences they attend.


Featured Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson-Fletcher

Dr. Liz Fletcher

If you feel you don’t have enough hours in the day, take a page out of Dr. Liz Fletcher’s book! Professor, firefighter, horse aficionado, mentor and coach.

I recently heard Dr. Fletcher speak to a group of women executives. In speaking of the rituals and values she and her fellow firefighters embody, she said something consistent with the theme of this newsletter: “Leave a place better than you found it.” Wise and inspiring words that are worth living by if we want to make a positive difference to the world!

Read her story.

Doctoral Progam News


Best Paper Research Award: One doctoral candidate was awarded a Best Paper Award at 2016 AAA Southwest Regional Meeting:


Graduate Teaching Excellence: Three doctoral candidates are finalists for the University of Houston 2017 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award:


University Travel Grant Awards: We also have two Cullen Travel Grant recipients. These students were awarded this grant in a University wide competition for travel funds:


Congratulations to all of you on these outstanding accomplishments!


Important Dates & Deadlines

3rd Annual GRaSP (Graduate Research and Scholarship
Projects) Day:
April 7, 2017 | Learn more.

Bauer Travel grant deadline: April 5, 2017

Job market training for doctoral students: May 11 - 12, 2017

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


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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On Success: Very cool talk on obtaining personal mastery: the crucial interplay between learning and performance

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On Ideas: Using the "life of a well" metaphor for developing academic ideas and insights (by yours truly):

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Pursue Meaning in 2017: We are lucky that our chosen profession helps do that!

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On Reading: Survival by the Book

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On Writing: Write to Enchant


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