AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium


About the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium

The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium is the premiere consortium in the marketing discipline. It brings together the very best doctoral students from business schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the rest of the world. The AMA-Sheth Foundation doctoral consortium is unique because it is the only consortium that exposes doctoral students to the rich diversity of topics, methodological perspectives, and theories that exist within the marketing discipline. This exposure is designed to spark creativity and insight by challenging students to think outside of their existing paradigms and to broaden their views on what constitutes good research.  The consortium is also designed to help students make a successful transition to their first faculty position by providing guidance on research, teaching, and service.  Faculty scholars are selected who have made important contributions to the field and who are dedicated to helping doctoral students establish professional linkages among themselves and with faculty. 

The first consortium was held in 1966. The program was launched under the leadership of Thomas A. Staudt and from the beginning the focus on research and relationship building was key. In 1997 the name was changed to the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium in recognition of the Madhuri & Jagdish N. Sheth Foundation’s commitment to finance part of the consortium on an ongoing basis with the establishment of an AMA Foundation endowed fund.​​


University of Leeds: 2018 Host

At Summer AMA 2016, the AMA Academic Council Executive Committee announced the selection of the University of Leeds as host for the 53rd AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium to be held in 2018. This is the second time that the consortium will be held outside of North America.

New York University: 2019 Host

At Summer AMA 2017, the AMA Academic Council Executive Committee announced the selection of the New York University as host for the 54th AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium to be held in 2019. This will be the second time the consortium is being hosted at New York University - it was last held there in 1987. 

Future Hosts

If you are interested in hosting the Consortium at your university, please review the Request for Proposals and contact the President-Elect Designate on the AMA Academic Council.


Policies and Procedures​

The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium (Consortium) is the premiere consortium in the marketing discipline. Consortium, beginning in 1966,has brought together the very best doctoral students and faculty from business schools around the world to share in a three-four day event, exposing doctoral students to a rich diversity of topics, methodological perspectives, and theories. The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium is designed to spark creativity and insight by challenging students to think outside of their existing paradigms and to broaden their views on what constitutes excellent quality research. The Consortium helps students make a successful transition to their first faculty position by providing guidance on research, teaching, and service. Students interact with faculty scholars who have made important contributions to the field and who are dedicated to helping students become the next generation of leaders in the marketing discipline. Read the full policies and procedures for the Consortium


Sheth Foundation Support

In 1997, the AMA received a gift from the Madhur & Jagdish N. Sheth Foundation​ in order to make the event more financially secure in subsequent years. The funds were used to establish an endowment within the American Marketing Association Foundation. In recognition of this endowment, the name was changed to the AMA–Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium. 


AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow Cohorts 

 

1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 
1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984​ | 1985 | 
1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 
1996​ | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 ​| 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 
2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 ​​​| 2015​ |​​ 
2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024 ​​​| 2025​ |​​​


​AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Photo Archives

 

Doctoral Consortium fellows and faculty from the first consortium held in 1966 at the University of Indiana in conjunction with the American Marketing Association's Fall Conference (later renamed Summer Marketing Educators' Conference) 

In recent years, the AMA has made it a priority to gather photos and other documents of interest from past consortium events. Anyone with images or other archival materials is encourged to contact Matt Weingarden, Program Manager so that materials may be shared.​​​ 

Check out the Consortium By the Numbers infographic​ from the 50th Anniversary.


 

Updated August 2016

I. Value Proposition

The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium (Consortium) is the premiere consortium in the marketing discipline. Consortium, beginning in 1966,has brought together the very best doctoral students and faculty from business schools around the world to share in a three-four day event, exposing doctoral students to a rich diversity of topics, methodological perspectives, and theories. The AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium is designed to spark creativity and insight by challenging students to think outside of their existing paradigms and to broaden their views on what constitutes excellent quality research. The Consortium helps students make a successful transition to their first faculty position by providing guidance on research, teaching, and service. Students interact with faculty scholars who have made important contributions to the field and who are dedicated to helping students become the next generation of leaders in the marketing discipline.

II. Consortium Objectives

  1. To cultivate a collegial network among faculty and doctoral candidates, and establish traditions within the discipline that transcends individual universities and specialty areas.

  2. To encourage top doctoral candidates within the marketing discipline to undertake meaningful research.

  3. To expose doctoral candidates to various viewpoints and philosophies that may be different from those held by faculty in their own institutions. 

  4. To engage each doctoral candidate in building of a marketing career marked by contributions to the discipline through active research, creative teaching, and continued service.

  5. To select outstanding consortium faculty from both the emerging and established scholar groups to discuss best practices, research methodologies and applications.

III. Eligibility of Nominating Institutions

  1. By September of the year preceding the scheduled consortium, the Academic Council ​will provide the host university a list of 100 universities that will receive automatic invitations for one student to attend. The list of 100 universities will be designated annually using the following method.

    • In May of the year preceding the scheduled consortium (i.e., May 2016 for the 2017 consortium), AMA Support Center staff will access “The UTD Top 100™” worldwide research rankings for publishing in marketing journals (Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, and Marketing Science) for the previous five years (i.e., 2011-2015).

    • In May of the year preceding the scheduled consortium (i.e., May 2016 for the 2017 consortium), AMA Support Center staff will contact (via email with a survey link) the Department Head and the Ph.D. Coordinator of the top 150 rated Ph.D. granting universities on “The UTD Top 100™”, and request identification of those faculty designated by their university as tenured and tenure-track faculty with Marketing as their primary discipline. NOTE: Faculty of another discipline (e.g., Business Law, IS, Ops, Mgmt) who are members of a marketing department should not be included in the count of marketing faculty, and faculty from other disciplines and other departments (e.g., Business Law, IS, Ops, Mgmt) who occasionally may publish in marketing journals should not be included in the count of marketing faculty. However, all tenured and tenure track faculty in marketing must be included, even if they are no longer research active. After a follow-up reminder, institutions who do not respond to the survey will be automatically excluded from nominating a student.

    • In June-July of the preceding year, AMA Support Center staff will calculate a “UTD-Faculty Ratio” for the top 150 Ph.D. granting institutions. This ratio is calculated as: the university’s “UTD Top 100™” rating divided by the number of marketing faculty at the university (as reported in the survey). The top 100 Ph.D. granting universities based on this “UTDFaculty Ratio” will receive an “automatic” invitation to the AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium.

    • At the summer conference, the Academic Council Executive Committee will review the “automatic invitations” and reserves the right to question an institution’s Faculty Ratio.

  2. In addition to automatic invitations, there are also “open” invitations. The host university may invite additional universities to submit an application for an exceptional student and entertain applications from universities that are interested in nominating an exceptional student for an “open” slot. The host institution is responsible for setting the criteria for vetting the applications. The host will hold the final decision on these additional “open slots.”

  3. The total number of students attending Consortium should not exceed 120.

IV. Consortium Fellow Credentials

  1. A university may nominate a student for Consortium who meets the following criteria:

    • The student must be ABD [all but dissertation] status by the time he/she is attending consortium.

    • The student must be targeting a career in academia.

    • The student’s university must have at least three active AMA members.

    • A student is permitted to attend the Consortium only once.

V. Selection of Consortium Faculty

  1. The consortium faculty are invited by the consortium program chairs with guidance from the Academic Council.

    • ​The program chairs are self-nominated as a part of the selection of the consortium host institution and approved by the Executive Committee of the Academic Council.

  1. The consortium faculty should represent a wide variety of intellectual perspectives within the discipline.
  2. Invited consortium faculty who are not currently American Marketing Association members, are invited to join AMA as they register for the Consortium
  3. Other faculty invites should include: the editors of the four AMA journals; the program chairs for the following year’s Consortium; as well as the president and president-elect of Academic Council.

VI. Selection of Consortium Host Institution

  1. The Academic Council shall post an open-call to universities in November and accept proposals for Consortium hosts through mid-January
  • Proposals may be submitted by individual universities or collaborations between two (or more) co-host institutions.
  • The Academic Council may select host institutions multiple years in advance of the actual consortium.
  1. Proposals will be reviewed by the Academic Council; the announcement of the Consortium host will typically be made at the Summer AMA Conference.

VII. Physical Arrangements

1. The Consortium typically extends for 3 days, arriving at the host university on Thursday afternoon and departing on Sunday afternoon.

a. Potential host universities can propose alternative lengths or timing.

2. Host universities propose the specific dates, provide meeting space, coordinate the invitation process, manage hotel logistics and other arrangements.

3. The American Marketing Association will provide some logistical support, including managing the registration process and overseeing the doctoral consortium archives.

VIII. Financial Arrangements

1. Host universities shall receive financial support from the American Marketing Association, along with funds from the AMA Foundation’s Sheth Foundation endowment dedicated to the consortium.

a. The AMA program manager shall provide list of past financial supporters including information regarding the AMA’s direct support and the AMA Foundation’s Sheth Foundation endowment.

2. Host universities may charge a fee of no more than $500 for consortium fellows (typically paid by the fellow’s university) and a fee of no more than $250 for faculty.

3. Host universities are expected to identify funding for the remainder of the consortium expenses via sponsors (both inside and outside of their university).

IX. Program Format

1. The program should include time focused on research and teaching.

2. Special care should be taken to allow ample time for informal as well as formal interaction among the students and among the students and faculty.

3. The Academic Council encourages host universities to highlight institutional strengths, but not at the expense of the overall program. 

4. The program must include a featured welcome from the President of the Academic Council.

5. Program Review: The Academic Council President and an AMA staff shall review and approve the program prior to it being finalized.

X. Appropriate Branding

  1. Host universities must adhere to the AMA Brand Guidelines.
    • ​An AMA staff member shall provide feedback and advice on the execution of the guidelines.

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Upcoming Hosts:

2018 - University of Leeds
2019 - New York University
2020 - TBA

Past Hosts:
2017 - University of Iowa
2016 - University of Notre Dame

2015 - London Business School
2014 - Northwestern University
2013 - University of Michigan
2012 - University of Washington
2011 - Oklahoma State University
2010 - Texas Christian University
2009 - Georgia State University
2008 - University of Missouri
2007 - Arizona State University
2006 - University of Maryland
2005 - University of Connecticut
2004 - Texas A&M University
2003 - University of Minnesota
2002 - Emory University
2001 - University of Miami
2000 - University of Western Ontario
1999 - University of Southern California
1998 - University of Georgia
1997 - University of Cincinnati
1996 - University of Colorado
1995 - University of Pennsylvania
1994 - Santa Clara University
1993 - University of Illinois
1992 - Michigan State University
1991 - University of Southern California
1990 - University of Florida
1989 - Harvard University
1988 - University of California - Berkeley
1987 - New York University
1986 - University of Notre Dame
1985 - Duke University
1984 - Northwestern University
1983 - University of Michigan
1982 - University of Minnesota
1981 - University of Maryland
1980 - Pennsylvania State University
1979 - University of Wisconsin
1978 - University of Chicago
1977 - University of Pennsylvania
1976 - University of Houston
1975 - Cornell University
1974 - University of Oregon
1973 - Michigan State University
1972 - University of Texas
1971 - University of Illinois
1970 - University of Western Ontario
1969 - University of North Carolina
1968 - Pennsylvania State University
1967 - Pennsylvania State University
1966 - Indiana University