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Applications for the 2013 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award now Being Accepted.


Because dissertation research and writing can advance the study of leadership, for the second year the Center for Leadership (CFL) at Florida International University is sponsoring the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS).

This prestigious award recognizes an individual whose dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of leadership.

“This honor was first offered in 2012. We were delighted with the submissions we received from scholars not only in the United States but also from Australia, Finland, Belgium and other points around the world,” reports Mayra Beers, Ph.D., Director of Operations for the Center and a Knight Research Fellow. “We are eager to see the dissertations that will be submitted this year.”

The recipient of the award will receive a $3,000 cash prize. Furthermore, he or she will be honored at the Network of Leadership Scholars meeting at the Academy of Management Annual Conference (August, 2013 in Orlando, Florida) and be supported to deliver an invited presentation at the annual Research Colloquium at the FIU Center for Leadership, Miami , Florida.

“It’s really exciting to be partnering with FIU on this award,” said Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien, a founding member of the NLS and Professor and Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. “It’s the kind of initiative we need to help advance the mission of the Network, and more importantly, to help advance new understandings of leadership.”

2012 Recipient

Stephen Courtright, Ph.D. was the recipient of the 2012 Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled "Fired Up or Burned Out? Exploring the Effects of Leadership Challenge Demands on Leadership Behaviors through Engagement and Burnout." Dr. Courtright’s work was selected from numerous submissions representing more than nine countries.

"The recipient of the award will receive a $3,000 cash prize."

Dr. Courtright is an assistant professor of management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Criteria for Submissions for 2013 Award

To be considered for the 2013 Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award, the paper must be based on a doctoral dissertation successfully defended within the past two years (after January 1, 2011). The student must be first author and will be the recipient of the award.

“To be considered outstanding, the paper should make an interesting contribution to advancing new ideas or new frameworks of thinking in the field of leadership,” states Dr. Beers.

Further content criteria as well as submissions details are available on CFL’s website

Candidates should apply by April 30, 2013. The winner will be notified by June 28, 2013.

The dissertation award is named in honor of Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., who was one of South Florida's most influential business leaders for 30 years and responsible in many ways for Miami's emergence as an international business center.