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 event on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. 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:  Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Fordham University Lincoln Center, followed by the Pre-Conference Reception

ALL DSI participants receive: DSI program and breakfast, lunch, and reception June 3rd; comped registration for The Network for Social Work Management conference. Scholarships available toward travel and lodging (see application).

DSI Food & Beverage Sponsor

Our discussants include management scholars and researchers, and editors from Human Services Organizations and the Journal of Community Practice.

THANK YOU to our DSI sponsor:  Rutgers School of Social Work

And thank you to Adelphi University for sponsoring the food and beverage 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.

DSI Program Chair


Allison Zippay is a Professor at Rutgers School of Social Work, 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.


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. 


“The DSI was instrumental in supporting me while in the midst of a challenging doctoral program.  Having recently successfully defended my dissertation, the DSI provided me with information on how to create scholarly work from my research. I am grateful I had the opportunity to participate in the DSI program.”

Donna Gallup, 2018 DSI Participant

“DSI has been one of the most valuable experiences I have had as a current doc student with a macro focus! It was wonderful to connect with the leaders in the macro field and to connect with other doc students with a macro dissertation focus. I made invaluable connections with faculty and had the opportunity to learn about all the possible career paths in the academy. Additionally,  there is a great supportive community of macro doc students to keep in touch with as we work on dissertations. It has also opened doors for collaborative research projects and publications with students from other universities.”

Melissa Iverson, 2018 DSI Participant

“Attending the NSWM 2018 Doctoral Scholars Institute (DSI) was an opportunity to learn from experts and share with colleagues, both in furthering my own work and in considering steps for publication and continuous contributions to the field. It was a wonderful experience and one in which I would highly recommend for doctoral students!”

Laura Wittcoff, 2018 DSI Participant