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Pamplin Executive Ph.D. students gain research expertise to transform the landscape of business and higher education. VTx

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Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series of student and alumni profiles. Pamplin College of Business Executive Ph.D. in Business.

Industry professionals leverage advanced research skills and problem-solving skills acquired through the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Executive Ph.D. Programs transforming the landscape of business and higher education.

Program also known as Executive Ph.D. Ph.D. Our focus on executive business research serves experienced executives who seek the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to conduct high-quality research on important emerging issues facing the business community and the world at large. was launched in 2016 to Characteristics of an Executive Ph.D. The program has a part-time format and is a unique opportunity to attract students with a variety of career goals.

One of those students was Sarah Tuskey, who joined the first cohort of Executive Ph.Ds. Autumn 2016 program.

In search of a research-focused Executive PhD in Business, she regularly monitors the Business Education Council’s (EDBAC) Executive PhD member list to see what new programs are underway or started. I was checking to see what you were trying to do.

“When I found out Virginia Tech was participating in EDBAC, I reached out to find out more,” says Tuskey. “A few weeks later, I met the director of the program, Dr. [Dipankar] Chakravarti for sharing the vision of the program. What he described was everything I was looking for in a research-based PhD. To be supervised by students and tenured faculty members in my field of study. I quickly learned that I had to become part of what was being built in Pamplin. “

Tuskey, who graduated from the program in the summer of 2021, is currently Dean of Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Prior to taking up this position in early 2020, he served as Kendall’s Vice Chancellor of the Faculty and Dean of Business on his campus. He is the Head of Business, Technology and Engineering at the Homestead Campus.

“As a manager, I’ve always been interested in self-perception and how it affects behavior in the workplace,” Tuskey said. The program was management.

Her research interest in workplace identity, employee well-being, and the impact of technology on employee attitudes and behavior is reflected in her paper, “Identity at Work: Balancing Demographic-Related Identities in the Workplace. , effects on off-duty behavior and turnover”.

She has presented her work at the Academy of Management. Southern Management Association; and Conference of the Industry Research Association. Listed in the Academy of Management Proceedings. Journal of Management; and Human Resource Management.

“Being an Executive PhD student. The program has changed the way I think, the way I approach problems, and even the questions I ask,” says Tuskey. “To anyone considering this program, I would say: This program will challenge you in ways you never thought possible and it won’t be easy. But you are a better researcher, They will leave the program knowing they have the ability to become better scholars and contribute and advance new knowledge.”

The academic rigor of an Executive Ph.D. The program may seem daunting at first. However, according to Mr. Tusky, overcoming this hurdle is one of the skills that can be obtained through the program.

“No matter how many times you get rejected, no matter how impossible, insurmountable, or difficult it seems, just keep trying,” she said.

This was a lesson learned by another student in the program, Gelila Sebhatu.

“It’s not that the job was ten times harder than any job I’ve ever had, but I’ve had to adjust my mindset from a practitioner’s point of view and my overall approach to problem solving. The question is, how best to solve it, a more academic and theoretical approach — what does the existing research say and how can it be built?” Sebatu said. . “I had to completely clear my brain.”

Navigating the path between the corporate world and academic culture has been difficult, but refusing to give up, Sebatu is now on the home stretch to write his thesis and plans to graduate in spring 2023. .

Last year, she presented her work in progress at the 2021 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), entitled Early Stage Investor Decision Making: Narcissism and the Role of Gender.

Attend this and other conferences during your PhD. The student has allowed me to meet experts in her field, some of whom she has kept in touch with, some of whom have become mentors and friends.

“Being able to make these kinds of connections is invaluable and really helps me feel part of the academic community,” she said.

Sebhatu was thinking of getting a Ph.D. Open for a while. “There aren’t many colleges that offer programs like this,” she said.

Pamplin’s cohort model is one of her favorites from both programs. “The students in our cohort provide each other with so much emotional support,” she said. “We’re really there for each other.”

She was able to adapt to a more academic culture and reached the final stage of her Executive PhD. While in her program, Sebhatu is still trying to decide if a traditional academic career of teaching and researching is in her future.

But there is one thing she knows for sure.

“This program made me realize that I really love research. I am determined to do it,” she said.

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– Written by Barbara Michele and Jeremy Norman