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Doctor of Philosophy – Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

Faculty working with Students: 46
Students: 23
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7 IELTS Minimum score
  • 77 MELAB Minimum score
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • GRE

Degree Description:

Each student works with an advisor and four additional members of the WSU faculty from at least three academic units. This committee oversees the development of the individual doctoral degree and works closely with the student to ensure a high quality doctoral education. The individual doctoral program must meet the following criteria: it will be of doctoral significance, no single recognized graduate degree-granting unit will be able to meet the student’s needs, and the academic resources to complete the proposed program will be available at WSU.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in all graduate coursework, a 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate coursework, and have received a master’s degree from an accredited institution. English proficiency exams are only required for international students for whom English is not the primary language. GRE scores sent directly from ETS are required (reporting code 4705). Applicants must provide evidence in their application that they are capable of independent research. The following materials must be submitted to the IIDP at the Graduate School in addition to the application required by the Graduate School available online (which includes the requirement of 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s scholarship): A brief description of the research area and a proposed program of study (no more than 3 pages), a letter from a permanent WSU tenure-track faculty member willing to serve as advisor commenting on the student’s potential for success and the proposed program sent directly to the IIDP Graduate Coordinator, emails from at least four permanent tenure-track WSU faculty members indicating their willingness to serve as committee members sent directly to the IIDP Graduate Coordinator, and a summary statement by the student of faculty interests and disciplines that has led the applicant to believe the IIDP is the program needed to best pursue the degree.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  To assist qualified students in designing and achieving the framework for a uniquely, individualized doctoral degree program, tailored to their interests in successfully integrating the  knowledge and processes of three disciplines in their research and careers, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:
    •  Develop knowledge and understanding of appropriate concepts, methods, and materials in three disciplines which appropriately constitute the framework of their  studies.
    •  Attain fundamental experience to apply knowledge in three unique disciplines while providing opportunities for creative and integrative thinking.
    •  Prepare and present research in peer reviewed journals and conference papers at professional meetings on the local, regional, and national levels.
    •  Participate in professional organizations, becoming members and attending meetings.
  2.  To prepare students to be effective researchers, engaging teachers, and innovative thinkers, under the mentorship of leading teachers and researchers in various fields, for  productive careers that will produce interdisciplinary scholarship contributing to a positive and more global outcome, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help  students to:
    •  Attain fundamental mentorship from committee members from all three disciplines in support of the interdisciplinary research through integrative thinking.
    •  Become independent researchers in an interdisciplinary area of study by developing substantial expertise in that area which will allow them to make an original  contribution to it.
    •  Develop a research question with an understanding of previous and current research and be able to demonstrate that knowledge capably.
    •  Apply sound research methods and tools to the research question and describe the methods effectively.
    •  Analyze and interpret research data that makes clear sense of the data.
    •  Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms appropriate to the interdisciplinary study.
  3.  To continue to maintain and enhance the visibility and importance of interdisciplinary studies, whether through existing interdisciplinary degrees or through the individual,  independent program of IIDP, the program aims to:
    • Attract and retain high-quality students and innovative thinkers.
    • Provide effective advising and mentoring that encourages students to matriculate in a timely manner.
    • Place graduates in position of academics and industry.
    • Continue to maintain communication with disciplinary programs and faculty regarding the importance of attracting nationally recognized faculty, providing  innovative advanced courses, and supporting independent, interdisciplinary studies for consistent interaction with IIDP students and their research.

Student Opportunities:

IIDP is not able to offer assistantship funding; however many IIDP students do hold assistantships through one of their identified disciplines from their program.

Career Opportunities:

Since 1983, approximately 85 individual interdisciplinary doctorates have been earned at WSU. Graduates of the program now work as university and college faculty as well as educational and business consultants and in government positions around the world.

Faculty Members:

Black, Catherine M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Assessment and testing of functional clothing for end purposes.

Campbell, Joseph Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Casavant, Kenneth, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Policy and Marketing

Cohen, Matthew, M.Arch.

Research Interests

Subtle and complex proportional systems embedded in the 15th century buildings in Florence designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the originator of Renaissance architecture.

Cottam, Martha L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

political psychology, international politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, and North-South conflict and cooperation.

Daratha, Kenn B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Dasgupta, Nairanjana, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Non-parametric Statistics, Multiple Comparisons, Comparison to Control, Logistic Distribution, Optimal Designs, Design of Experiments, Innovative Methods of Teaching Statistics, The history of statistics.

Dyck, Dennis G, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Ford, Frederick Andrew, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Computer simulation models to help understand the recent problems in the electric power industry.

Fortenbery, Randy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research program currently focuses on agricultural price performance in local and national markets. It looks at impacts of new information on relative prices, as well as overall price levels. I also am engaged in studying the impact of futures price action on the stability of cash prices

Goldberger, Jessica, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Sociology of agriculture and aricultural science, rural sociology and development, adoption and diffusion of agricultural innovations
Local and Global Agro-Food Systems
The Land-Grant System

Goodstein, Jerry, Ph.D.

Gruen, Jason, Ph.D.

Gunderson, David E, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

International construction management and construction culture, affordable housing, construction contract selection, construction education and training.

Gursoy, Dogan, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Sustainability, services management, hospitality and tourism marketing, tourist behavior, travelers’ information search behavior, community support for tourism development, cross-cultural studies, consumer behavior, involvement and generational leadership.

Heidenreich, Linda, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Chicana/o Studies, Queer Studies, and Queer Chicana/o Studies.

James, E Lincoln, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Media planning, direct marketing, integrated marketing communications.

Joireman, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

King, C Richard, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Racial politics of culture. In particular the forms of memory, representation, identity, and sovereignty animating Native American-Euro American relations in the context of expressive culture and political struggles.

Kirk, William Max, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Cognitive processes in leadership in construction.

Leonard, David, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Comparative ethnic studies, African American studies, Video games, Popular culture/racialized representations, Cultural politics of sport, Race and sport (NBA), Black popular culture (film, television, and hip-hop), Social movements (grassroots organizing), Black freedom struggle, Prison industrial complex

Matthew, Susan, Ph.D.

McCluskey, Jill J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Product differentiation and market power in food industries, including product quality, food safety, and food labeling issues, environmental damage and land use issues.

McIntyre, Lisa J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Law & Society, Work & Labor Markets, Qualitative Methods

McPherson, Sterling Marshall, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Director, Program of Excellence in Addictions Research, Associate Director, Providence Medical Research Center: 1) Development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, 2) Behavioral pharmacology, 3) Innovative analytical methods to answer novel research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, 4) Kidney disease and acute kidney injury, mental illness and drug and alcohol use as risk factors.

Okita, Thomas W, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biochemistry of starch synthesis and protein localization; metabolic genetic engineering of plants for increased productivity; mRNA localization and the role of the cytoskeleton and endoplasmic reticulum

Palmer, Guy Hughes, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Potter, Nancy, Ph.D.

Preston, John Thomas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Price, Paula Groves, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Issues of equity, looking for solutions to the problems of inequalities in schools and society. Equity, broadly defined, includes fairness, social justice, and equality of both access and opportunity.

Rasco, Barbara, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Food law, food analyses, seafood quality, development of analytical methods to predict the safety and quality of food products.

Roll, John Michael, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Human behavioral pharmacology, the development and refinement of behavioral interventions for addiction and other psychiatric disorders, as well as technology transfer issues.

Sanders, Jeffrey C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Shahani, Nishant, Ph.D.

Sprott, David Eric, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Consumer psychology and decision making including areas related to: brands, social influence, public policy, environmental psychology and retail pricing.

Stehr, Steven D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Tan, Alexis S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Communication strategies for reducing prejudice, and intercultural communication and stereotypes.

Ullrich-French, Sarah, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Interest in youth physical activity intersects with areas of social development, psychology, education, positive youth development, and health. Dr. Ullrich-French’s research addresses social context and motivational processes in youth physical, social, and psychological development. The first strand of her research involves examining physical activity motivational processes and behavioral outcomes in youth. The second strand of her research involves how physical contexts and interventions impact youth psychosocial, behavioral, and health outcomes. Current research activities address the measurement and application of movement-based mindfulness.

Villanueva, Victor, Ph.D.

Wandschneider, Philip, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Non-market valuation, water economics and policy, the economics of sustainable agriculture.

Wiest, Lori J, D.M.A.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Conducting, international and national touring, adjudications and clinics.

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Yan, Jia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics.

Yoder, Jonathan, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Lisa Gloss
PO Box 641030
French Ad 336
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
509-335-5859
509-335-1949