Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Professional Development Series: Daring the Doctorate


Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Ohio Union - Cartoon Room

Professional Development Series: Daring the Doctorate

Tue Jul 30, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Check in and lunch at 11:30 am. Presentation will start at 12:00 pm.

Location: Ohio Union - Cartoon Room
Rain Location: None

Join OUAB for a seminar focused on surviving the challenges students face undertaking doctoral education in mid-career facilitated by Dr. Ada Demb. Alarmed by the high levels of attrition from doctoral programs, Dr. Demb initiated a research project focusing on mid-career doctoral students. She has supervised 23 students to successful completion of their doctoral degrees, and has advised more than 100 master's students in Ohio State's highly-ranked program. This session draws on her new book, "Daring the Doctorate: The Journey at Mid-Career."

During the seminar appropriate for current and prospective doctoral students, Dr. Demb will discuss:

  • The scope of the mid-career student population
  • Major themes from the current literature on doctoral education
  • Findings from her qualitative study of the mid-career student


  • Challenges involving personal transformation and critical

support systems

  • A framework for mapping faculty advising styles.

More information regarding our presenter is below. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to The first 20 students who register may pick up a free copy of Dr. Demb's book in advance of the session. Five copies will also be raffled off to participants at the end of the session.

Dr. Ada Demb
Associate Professor, Emerita
College of Education & Human Ecology
The Ohio State University

An Associate Professor in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program at The Ohio State University since 1992 (now Emerita), Ada Demb has taught courses about strategy and leadership, academic affairs, internationalization, and technology. She earned her Ed.D. at Harvard University.

Her research interests combine human behavior with technology, strategy and decision-making, agriculture and the social sciences, and include: Strategies for internationalizing colleges and universities; teaching and learning cross-cultural understanding; technology and the changing shape of the academic industry; faculty careers; and international corporate governance.

She joined The Ohio State University as Vice Provost for International Affairs (1992-1994), after having been Professor of Organization and Corporate Governance, at the International Institute for Management Development (Switzerland, 1986-1994). Prior to that she was Assistant Director for Research at the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, University of Hawaii (1981-1986), and earlier Research Scholar, at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna, Austria, 1975-1977).

She has published four books: Daring the Doctorate: The Journey at Mid-Career (Rowman-Littlefield, 2012); The Corporate Board: Confronting the Paradoxes (with F.-F. Neubauer, Oxford University Press, 1992, with translations in Chinese, Danish, Polish, Slovenian and Ukranian); Computer Systems for Human Systems (Pergamon Press, 1979); and Organization for Programme Management (with C. Davies and R. Espejo, John Wiley & Sons, 1979). Professor Demb's articles appear in major journals including: Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, EDUCAUSE Review, Computers & Education, NACADA Journal; JAI Annual Advances in International Comparative Management; Annual Review of Strategy; Journal of Long-Range Planning; Corporate Governance; Directors & Boards; European Management Journal; and Education and Urban Society.


Kerry Hodak

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