CSUB Lecturer and Graduate Student Selected for Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Recipient

 Diane Kirkland. (courtesy photo)
Diane Kirkland. (courtesy photo)

May 28, 2019 — California State University, Bakersfield lecturer and graduate student Diane Kirkland was selected for the prestigious Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program.

Ms. Kirkland is completing a research-based Doctor of Business Administration in marketing at the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, while also serving as a part-time lecturer at CSUB, teaching Marketing Principles and Diversity in Business Organizations.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both Ms. Kirkland and CSUB. The program is designed to boost the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs as well as to increase the pool of potential faculty for the CSU system,” said Dr. Debra Jackson, associate dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies.


Ms. Kirkland’s research focuses on the impact of technology on interpersonal relationships. She recently published a paper, co-authored with Drs. Mohsen Attaran and Sharmin Attaran, in the International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, titled “The Need for Digital Workplaces: Increasing Workforce Productivity in the Information Age.”

Faculty mentor Dr. Mohsen Attaran describes Ms. Kirkland as “an experienced and energetic professor, with international entrepreneurial background, and with an excellent teaching record.”

In addition to completing her MBA in marketing and new venture management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Ms. Kirkland has more than 20 years of international entrepreneurial experience. From 2005-2016, she was the owner/operator of DMK-Designs, a high-end collection of men’s furnishings, and from 1995-2012 she worked as an international manufacturing consultant.

Ms. Kirkland’s goal is to land a tenure-track position within the CSU. She says, “Once armed with a research-based DBA, I will have a tremendous amount of knowledge that, when added to my entrepreneurial experience, will greatly benefit my students.”

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) was established in 1987 to increase the number of faculty with the qualifications, motivation, and skills needed to teach the diverse students of the CSU. CDIP prepares promising doctoral students for CSU faculty positions by providing financial support, mentorship by CSU faculty, and professional development and grant resources.


The program has loaned more than $51 million to 2,175 doctoral students. Over half of the CDIP scholars completing their degrees have obtained faculty positions at CSU campuses. Among the Outstanding CDIP Alumni is CSU Bakersfield’s own president, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny.