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Ph.D. Graduate Reflections

Reflections from past Ph.D. graduates



"There was a strong "collaborate to graduate" mantra among doctoral students and the faculty encouraged and supported us throughout the process."

Dr. Monique Forte,
Associate Professor of Management,
Stetson University





I've talked to a lot of people over the years about their experiences in various doctoral programs around the country and my impression is that FSU is unique. The climate in the Management Department is truly collaborative and supportive. The faculty recognized the students' individuality, supported our choices, and facilitated our success.

Joining the faculty of Stetson's School of Business Administration in 1994, Dr. Forte held an MBA from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She taught Principles of Management and Strategic Management courses on the DeLand campus and for nontraditional learners at the Stetson University Center at Celebration. Her research interests included applications of psychological type, organizational politics, experiential learning, and strategic change. She was an active contributor to scholarly conferences and had published articles in the Journal of Psychological Type, the Journal of Management Education, and the Strategic Management Journal. Tenured in 2000, she served as Chair of the Department of Management from 2000 through 2005 and coordinated the Business School's AACSB accreditation maintenance review during 2003-2006. Monique unexpectedly and tragically passed away on May 22, 2010. She will be greatly missed by her FSU family.




"We were always treated as professionals, and this expectation empowered us to get active in publishing and professional associations and to work together collectively as doctoral students early in our PhD program."

Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte,
Associate Professor of Management,
Coastal Carolina University





FSU was the ideal setting in which to foster a strong understanding of the theoretical foundations of our respective fields. The highly qualified, well recognized, and strongly networked faculty was very involved personally in the crafting of the future scholars that we would become. Finally, the culture within the department was nurturing and supportive which helped me to clarify the type of organization that I wanted to be in when I left FSU.

An associate professor of management, Darla J. Domke-Damonte serves as international programs liaison for the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University. She earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Florida State University in 1998, a master's degree in international business (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina in 1993, and a bachelor's degree from the American University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Russian/USSR Area Studies and Foreign Language (German)/Communications media (Public Relations) in 1988. She is conversant in seven languages. Dr. Domke-Damonte's current research deals with how service firms internationalize, lodging firm performance, and the effects of pedagogical tools, individual, and team characteristics on performance in course projects in strategic management. Dr. Domke-Damonte's work has been published in journals, such as Management International Review, SAM Advanced Management Journal, and the Journal of International Hospitality and many, many others. As International Programs Liaison, she has developed bilateral articulation agreements with institutions in Germany, India, Spain, France, and Russia, as well as short- and long-term study abroad and dual degree exchange programs. She has also been involved in developing and administering federal and state grants, including a current two-year Title VIB Business in International Education grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education and a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.




"Looking back, I can honestly say that I could not have chosen a better program to suit my needs. FSU's Doctoral Program was definitely the right 'fit' for me. The program provided the right blend of theoretical and methodological grounding as well as faculty mentoring"

Dr. Russell Crook,
Assistant Professor of Management,
University of Tennessee




Russell Crook (Ph.D., Florida State University) is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at The University of Tennessee. His research concentrates on why organizations govern certain transactions, how supply chain management shapes performance, and various topics related to why some firms outperform others. His research has been published in outlets such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Issues, and Journal of Operations Management. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Russell worked for American Airlines, US Airways, and IBM in a variety of management capacities.




"The College of Business, and particularly the Department of Management, provided us the perfect environment to develop ourselves as management researchers. The seminars created an atmosphere where wide-ranging topics were intensely debated and new ideas for research jumped out of every article."

Dr. Taco Reus,
Assistant Professor in Strategic Management,
Florida Atlantic University




Coming from the Netherlands, my excursion to Florida State University meant quite a life change. It was the most adventurous route I could take and it turned out to be a great experience. They formed the most intense learning moments I have had in my life. The fellow doctoral students have become friends forever, and the faculty members remain the wisest in the world. I am very happy to call many of them my co-authors. I can recommend the program to anyone; though, you better be willing to work like a maniac!

Taco Reus is assistant professor in strategic management at Florida Atlantic University. He earned a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam in 1998, and a doctoral degree in Strategic Management from Florida State University in 2004. Taco's research interests include knowledge management, international strategy, and acquisition implementation. He has published manuscripts in several outlets, including Journal of Managerial Issues (with FSU alumni Russell Crook), Human Performance (with FSU alumni Yongmei Liu), and Management International Review (with FSU alumni Bill Ritchie). For his dissertation, he was recognized as a finalist in the Organization Science 2003 Dissertation Proposal Competition, and a finalist for the Gunnar-Hedlund Dissertation Award in International Business. His current research projects focus on the examination of knowledge transfer in international acquisitions by U.S. multinationals, as well as other process and context-related factors influencing international acquisition performance.