Doctoral Scholars Institute

Join our community of emerging scholars in management and organizations!

The Doctoral Scholars Institute (DSI) is for doctoral students who are conducting research in the areas of management and organizations.  We are excited to once again offer this pre-conference institute on May 29, 2019.  Leading faculty and scholars will join with students to discuss current research in human services management and organizations; research-to-action collaborations with public and nonprofit organizations; publications and external funding; professional opportunities and more.  Participants will engage in discussions around their dissertation research. Post-doctoral fellows are also welcome to apply.

When:  May 29, 2019, 8:30am-5pm, Lake Shore Campus, Mundelein Center At Loyola University Chicago, followed by a reception

ALL DSI participants receive DSI program and breakfast, lunch, and an invitation to the pre-conference reception May 29; registration fees for The Network for Social Work Management conference.  Scholarships available for travel and lodging (see application below).

DSI registration is currently closed. Please check back occasionally to see updated information.

Our discussants include management scholars:  Michael Austin (UC Berkeley, Mack Center for Nonprofit and Public Sector Management); Alicia Bunger (Ohio State); Monica Perez Jolles (USC); editors from Human Services Organizations and the Journal of Community Practice; and more.

Our terrific 2017 DSI cohort included 16 PhD students from across the country representing UCLA, UPenn, Fordham, Hunter, University of Washington, University of Michigan, Columbia, Rutgers, SUNY Buffalo, University of Tennessee, and others. 

THANK YOU to our DSI sponsor:  Rutgers University, School of Social Work And thank you to Adelphi University for providing the food for the event

DSI Chairs:  Allison Zippay, Rutgers Center for Leadership and Management; Peter Chernack, Adelphi, Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management

DSI application is currently closed. Please check back occasionally to see updated information.

Doctoral Scholars Institute

    Please, only complete if you would like to be considered for an additional scholarship for lodging and/or travel.
  • From: (City, State) To: San Diego, CA

Meet our DSI Program Chair


Allison Zippay is a Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work (SSW), Director of the PhD Program, and Interim Director of the SSW Center for Leadership and Management. She holds a PhD and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches in the graduate management and policy concentration at Rutgers. Dr. Zippay has served as an evaluator and Principal Investigator for state, federal, and other research and evaluation contracts, with funders including the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Institutes of Health. Her research areas include siting of supported, community-based housing; resource mobilization among low income groups; and poverty and employment policy. Dr. Zippay has served as an Associate Dean for Curriculum and Evaluation at the SSW, and as a planning and evaluation consultant to numerous public and private non-profit human services organizations. She currently chairs the CSWE Council on Leadership Development.


Special Thank You to our Food & Beverage Sponsor


Dr. Peter Chernack is associate dean at Adelphi University School of Social Work and also serves as the faculty director (and a co-founder) of Adelphi’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He has more than 28 years of experience in social work education in varied academic and administrative positions and is a sought after consultant in social work education program development and accreditation, as well as in nonprofit strategic planning, executive and board leadership development. Dr. Chernack has extensive management, administrative, and direct service experience in gerontology, health care, and mental health services. He leads the School’s efforts in advancing university community partnerships, supporting workforce development in child welfare, gerontology, and addictions. Dr. Chernack’s research interests in leadership development, nonprofit boards, and inter-organizational collaboration informs his leadership program and curriculum development activity and teaching responsibilities. Dr. Chernack serves as a site visit chair for the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation and is a member of CSWE’s Council on Leadership Development. He is a recognized leader in the social work profession. A member of NASW since 1978, he has served on the Nassau Division Steering Committee and on the chapter’s Workforce Commission and served a three-year term as the President of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.