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Dissertation Chair: College of Doctoral Studies

Position Deleted on 9/12/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
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01/29/2013 (Reposted Job: Initially posted on 11/20/2012)

Location: Remote Office Location

Grand Canyon University is seeking scholar practitioner faculty to serve as dissertation chairs to guide our professional doctoral learners though their dissertation journey.

The successful dissertation chair models scholarship, coaching skill, and a vision for leading the

process of developing learners that want to create an impactful dissertation. This position works with the College of Doctoral Studies and the Office of Dissertations to ensure academic integrity and quality of GCU doctoral dissertations. The Chair is responsible for (a) acting as liaison between the learner and the College of Doctoral Studies (b) facilitating and managing all aspects of the doctoral learner, their committee members, and their dissertation process. Candidates must be highly proficient in mentoring research projects, coaching learners through a research process, and have experience with various research methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods). The successful candidate will have demonstrated dissertation chair experience and academic research experience demonstrated through publications and conference publications.


  • Manage dissertation committee members and methodologists
  • Provide oversight to the doctoral learner and the required dissertation processes and procedures
  • Support processes and procedures for providing quality dissertations
  • Facilitate the IRB process supporting doctoral learner research
  • Maintain records and updates as required by the college for each learner, including the dissertation management system

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Faculty and administrative staff.

COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Integrity and Ethics
  • Student and Customer Oriented
  • Strong Communication
  • Action Oriented/Problem Solving
  • Self-Leadership
  • Professionalism

QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • At least three years of post-doctorate experience in higher education
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and mentoring doctoral students
  • Demonstrated research design and methodology experience
  • Publication record of at least three non-dissertation articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Academic conference presentation experience desired
  • Experience working in a virtual team environment desired

Additional Computer Skills: Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Excel and Visio

Writing and Communication Skills: Strong communication (both verbal and written).

Skills, Abilities, or Other Qualifications: Time management, and organizational skills.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, required to sit, occasionally required to stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and the ability to focus.

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