Doctoral Institute

The deadline for scholarship applications has passed. Please check back with us in January 2018 to apply for the 2018 conference Doctoral Institute Scholarship.

The OBTC Doctoral Institute (DI) is a one-day, pre-conference workshop dedicated to providing promising new teacher-scholars with personal and professional development opportunities. The goals of the DI are to help participants explore a path to goal accomplishment in their academic lives and build a lasting network of fellow emerging teacher-scholars. DI participants will experience close interpersonal interaction with prominent management scholars who have successfully balanced the demands of teaching, research, service, and personal life.

The Doctoral Institute Philosophy

The OBTC Doctoral Institute aims to prepare promising scholars from research-oriented doctoral programs for a balanced academic career. Recognizing that most doctoral programs prepare students to be productive scholars, the OBTC Doctoral Institute focuses on developing participants as exceptional teachers. Therefore, the goals of the OBTC Doctoral Institute are to: 

  • Provide participants with professional development in the area of teaching excellence.
  • Explore with participants how they can become productive scholars and teachers, while also enjoying a rewarding personal life.
  • Help participants begin to build a lasting network of fellow teacher-scholars.

These goals are fulfilled through a series of interactive and reflective seminars with world-class faculty known for their excellence in teaching and research. Participants will engage with these faculty mentors during to discuss issues and topics relevant to maintaining a balanced academic career. The curriculum for the DI includes the following:

  • Preparing for an Academic Career: Finding the Right Fit
  • Maintaining Balance: Juggling Teaching, Research, Service, and Life
  • Exploring and Discovering your Teaching Philosophy
  • Best Practices in Teaching Excellence: Promoting Active and Experiential Learning

In addition, multiple networking opportunities will be provided as part of the Doctoral Institute, including a reception with the OBTS Board prior to the DI and a DI Alumni reception during the teaching conference.

Finally, in recognition of the importance of the teacher-scholar model and the value of experiential learning, DI participants will work collaboratively to prepare a presentation that will be delivered on the final day of the teaching conference. This will provide participants not only with valuable teaching experience, but also a conference presentation opportunity.

The 2017 OBTC Doctoral Institute

The 2017 Doctoral Institute (DI) will be held at Providence College (June 14 - 17, 2017) prior to the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference (OBTC). The DI will begin on Tuesday afternoon, June 13, and will end on Wednesday evening. OBTC will begin Wednesday evening, June 14, and will conclude on Saturday afternoon, June 17.

Registration and Fees (for non-scholarship recipients)

The Doctoral Institute registration fee is $250. This fee includes the following:

  • The one-day Doctoral Institute
  • All meals, housing, and social activities for the DI

The OBTC student registration fee is $495. This fee includes the following:

  • The four-day Teaching Conference
  • All meals, housing, and social activities for the Teaching Conference
  • Membership in the OBTS for one year and
  • A one-year subscription to the award-winning Journal of Management Education

Doctoral Institute Scholarship

The Organizational Behavior Teaching Society will offer competitive scholarships for doctoral students who wish to participate in the 2017 Doctoral Institute and Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.

Full scholarships with additional travel assistance will be offered. Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • Registration for the one-day Doctoral Institute and the following four-day Teaching Conference
  • $200 in travel assistance
  • All meals, housing, and social activities for the DI as well as the Teaching Conference
  • Membership in OBTS for one year
  • A one-year subscription to the award-winning Journal of Management Education and our newly published Management Teaching Review
  • Publication opportunity – as part of the DI, participants will jointly prepare a conference presentation to be delivered by the group on Saturday of the Teaching Conference.

Doctoral Institute scholarships are competitive. Scholarship selection will consider:

  • A brief letter of support from the student’s sponsoring school
  • A current curriculum vitae that includes prior teaching experience

DI Scholarship applications must be submitted by February 1, 2017.

For more information on the Doctoral Institute or the Doctoral Institute Scholarship, please contact Barbara Ritter at


Past Distinguished Faculty
  • Amy Edmondson Harvard University
  • Tim Baldwin Indiana University
  • Jean Bartunek Boston College
  • Joy Beatty University of Michigan Dearborn
  • Richard Boyatzis Case Western Reserve University
  • Kim Cameron University of Michigan
  • Tom Cummings University of Southern California
  • Andre Delbecq Santa Clara University
  • Jane Dutton University of Michigan
  • Cynthia Fukami University of Denver
  • Joe Garcia Western Washington University
  • Mary Jo Hatch University of Virginia
  • Jen Leigh Nazareth College
  • Roy Lewicki Ohio State University
  • Bob Marx University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Magid Mazen Suffolk University
  • Jone Pearce University of California-Irvine
  • Joe Raelin Northeastern University
  • Barbara Ritter Coastal Carolina University
  • Denise Rousseau Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jim Stoner Fordham University
  • Victor Vroom Yale University
  • Karl Weick University of Michigan
  • David Whetten Brigham Young University


Past Participant Testimonials
  • “The small size of the DI and OBTC offers a unique opportunity to develop all facets of our future academic roles and creates an inviting environment for learning . . . A++!” Ian Walsh, Boston College
  • “The DI fed my mind and my spirit. It was relational learning at its best!” Anne Harbison, Harvard University
  • “The DI helped me consider the kind of research I wish to pursue with a vision of the teacher I hope to be.” Kevin Farmer, University of Massachusetts
  • “Without doubt the OBTC DI was the best conference experience during my doctoral program.” Craig Seals, Geo. Washington University
  • And a Faculty View “It was a spectacular experience for me in terms of capturing new ideas, building relationships, learning from extremely bright and energetic graduate students and faculty colleagues, and sharing an intimate setting for a couple days . . . a true delight.” Kim Cameron, Univ. of Michigan, Distinguished Faculty 2005


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