Doctoral Scholars Institute 2021

The Doctoral Scholars Institute (DSI) will  be held on June 3rd- 4th, 2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT/ noon- 4:00 pm EDT via a virtual Zoom event.

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 virtual pre-Summit event on Thursday & Friday, June 3-4 2021. 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.

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

DSI Program Chair


Allison Zippay, PhD is a professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and is the Director of the PhD in Social Work program. She also directs the Center for Leadership and Management, and teaches in the Management and Policy (MAP) concentration at the School of Social Work.  Her research focuses on community planning, supportive housing, and employment and income supports for low-income groups.


“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