Doctoral Scholars Institute

Please join doctoral colleagues and faculty for a pre-conference institute focused on research in human services management and organizations. Leading faculty and scholars will discuss current research in management and organizations, scholarship collaborations, publication and dissemination, external funding, and research-to-action initiatives with public and non-profit organizations. Doctoral participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own dissertation or other research.


Participants will convene for dinner and welcome on Tuesday evening, June 13th in New York City with seminars and presentations on Wednesday, June 14, followed by a conference reception on Wednesday evening.

Program Benefits

Included with your program acceptance is a paid Network conference registration; dinner on Tuesday, June 13; and lunch and program reception on Wednesday, June 14.

You may also apply for a scholarship toward lodging and travel to the conference. (See attached DSI Application).

DSI Sponsor

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.


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. 

Space is limited – please submit the attached application and CV to by April 1, 2017 with the subject line DSI Application.  You will be notified of program acceptance by April 10, 2017.