Implementing a Doctoral Program as Director of a Doctoral Specialization Program

Implementing a Doctoral Program as Director of a Doctoral Specialization Program

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2656-9.ch016

Abstract

This chapter discusses the issues and responsibilities of the faculty member that serves as the director of a specific doctoral program specialization within her/his education department. The program director is often charged with administrative tasks as well as managing the labyrinth that is supporting the people involved in the program. The proposed framework guides the discussion of how to shepherd both the doctoral faculty as well as the doctoral students.
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Shepherding Doctoral Students

As a faculty member, you probably already have a mentoring role with a few of the students. Be prepared for other students to need your attention as well. Some doctoral students will seek you out because their advisors or professors may be lacking something in the student’s judgement. The student is often mistaken or in too much of a hurry. However, there are times that their requests for support are legitimate. Listen to both students and faculty before making decisions that support the growth of one or both. If you keep it about the growth of students and faculty, then you will reach your goals.

Unfortunately, there are times when a student’s dispositions and/or actions are too frequent or too severe to handle in a supportive way. If a student persists in a disposition unbecoming of a doctoral student in your program, action is required. Doctoral student who cheat or lie must not be allowed to continue in your program. Disciplinary action in a doctoral program should be a rare thing. Sometimes it is the only way to effectively support the faculty, the other students, and the welfare of the university.

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