This presentation was presented as part of the Integrate 2011 conference hosted by the WVU IMC program, http://integrate.wvu.edu
Presented by Karen Freberg - http://imc.wvu.edu/about/faculty/karen_freberg
The IMC profession continues to be an essential and changing profession and discipline in society. While the profession also is evolving, the role of the IMC professional is as well. The expectations for higher education degrees and skills is becoming the norm, and there are some businesses that are looking for those who have a PhD to lead their research teams. However, a PhD also allows a professional to teach at the university level in the discipline of their choice. The IMC professional is not only a practitioner, but they also have to be skilled in research and being able to bridge the theory and applied perspectives of IMC together in a coherent manner. The move from a Master’s program to a PhD program is a transition, but this presentation will highlight some of the skills and activities most PhD committees are looking for when reviewing doctoral student applications.