Contributing Faculty-Human Services - Doctoral Committee (Virtual)

Employer
Walden University
Location
Minnesota, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Apr 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Walden's School of Human Services seeks part-time (contributing) faculty to serve as doctoral student committee subject matter/content and/or research methods experts for the Human Services

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Walden University seeks dynamic, engaged and supportive doctoral faculty research mentors that have strong communication and learning-relationship skills for this part-time position in the School of Human Services. Key responsibilities of this position are to mentor doctoral students through the dissertation process as a subject/content expert and/or methodologist, who may be either a chair or second member of dissertation committees, and to engage and support doctoral students as emerging scholar-practitioners.
Faculty members educate Walden University students by effectively using online technology and resources to provide an engaging and supportive student experience. Faculty members are expected to share their knowledge and give relevant, actionable feedback in carefully formulated timely communication to students. This is accomplished in a student-centric learning environment that is respectful, collaborative and follows Walden University and program specific guidelines.

General Expectations:

  • Supportive engagement at all times – build positive rapport, openness, trust, mutual inquiry and listening to students to help them learn, discover and apply research skills.
  • Effective online communications to maintain teaching and social presence and to stimulate critical thinking and “learning to learn” skills.


  • Doctoral Student Research Mentoring

    Faculty research mentors are assigned to work as part of a committee team and may work one-on-one with students to help them meet the research requirements of their doctoral degree. Walden dissertation faculty support quality progress by developing a respectful and considerate relationship with each student and their fellow committee members, that is rooted in deep listening and engagement.
    Subject Matter/Content Expert

    When a research mentor is the second member of a committee (not Chair), as subject matter/content expert, they are expected to engage, monitor, refine, and assess the progress of the capstone research from start to finish as the subject/content expert, and to provide timely, actionable feedback, assessment, and evaluation of each student's work within the research process (to the Chair and/or the student).

    Doctoral Student Research Mentoring

    When a research mentor is the second member of a committee (not Chair), as research design and methodology expert, they are expected to engage, monitor, refine, and assess the progress of the capstone research from start to finish as the design and methods expert, and to provide timely, relevant, actionable feedback, assessment, and evaluation of each student's work within the research process (to the Chair and/or the student).

    Chair Responsibilities:

    Faculty mentors (either content or methodology) who are who are assigned as Chair, are responsible for interacting with, and providing academic and professional guidance to, students on an ongoing basis within the Blackboard LMS platform. The committee chair is expected to ensure that their mentees have an approved term-plan each term that incorporates weekly deliverables, and that they engage and support students within the asynchronous learning spaces to foster quality work and progress; to respond to questions and comments in the course within 48 hours, and to engage students within the course a minimum of 4 days per week. Faculty Chairs are to provide grades and actionable, supportive feedback to students through Blackboard, and to assess final term plan progress.

    Academic Credentials:

    Doctoral Faculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess an earned degree from an accredited institution or recognized by a country's ministry of education in the discipline being taught.
    EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

    Candidates should possess:

  • An earned doctorate in Human Services or in the field of study or a related field (required).
  • A record of scholarship, publication or teaching in methods and research design.
  • Strong relationship-building skills with students with diverse backgrounds.
  • Successful mentoring relationships that support mutual inquiry and student outcomes.
  • Advocating for the learning and development needs of students.
  • Strong writing, research, and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in mentoring doctoral students in the dissertation process (preferred).
  • Three years of effective teaching experience at the degree level of program (preferred).
  • Online experience at the degree level of program (preferred).

  • Ideally, a candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • Success at building effective student learning relationships that support mutual inquiry and doctoral quality student progress and learning outcomes. This includes the ability to provide clear expectations and helping students “know what to do next”.
  • Strong servant leadership dispositions. This includes the ability to listen carefully to students, and to be approachable and supportive within Walden’s policies.
  • Strong time-management and co-project management skills.


  • Ideally, a candidate should be strongly committed to:

  • Advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
  • Supporting the development of Walden University students to foster positive social change as scholar-practitioners.
  • Best practices in teaching, research, advising and mentoring.
  • The ongoing professional development of themselves as faculty.
  • The willingness to perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


  • Training:

    All new Faculty Members receive specific training from Walden University with respect to best practices in online learning facilitation, doctoral mentoring, and effective supervision and review of dissertations. They also receive socialization into the Walden University culture of quality, integrity, and student-learning centeredness and an orientation in their specific degree program.

    Residencies:

    Doctoral level faculty may be asked to participate in Residencies held domestically or internationally, where they may teach colloquia, lead writing-intensive workshops, and facilitate school-wide discussions.

    Technology Proficiency/Requirements:

    Faculty members are expected to maintain a high level of technical proficiency, and have a strong commitment to learning new technologies. Faculty are required to have computer and software resources that enable effective delivery of academic services to a disbursed community of learners. The Faculty Member must be able to use Microsoft Office products, and must have reliable Internet access as well as alternate access as needed.

    TRAVEL:
    Some travel may be requested (maximally once per quarter).

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