Conference Explores Advances in Doctoral Education

by APU Life

More than 50 doctoral program directors and faculty representing 19 Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools gathered at Azusa Pacific to explore successful models and methods of doctoral program delivery. The Doctoral Programs in the CCCU: Conversation and Collaboration conference, held September 17-19, 2015, marked the first CCCU event of its scope and kind and a pivotal point in the advancement and innovation of Christian higher education.

Day one began with a preconference on alternate models of delivery of doctoral programs, led by Kevin Lawson of Biola University. The conference opened with introductory remarks by Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D., followed by a plenary session led by Heather Petridis, Ph.D., vice president for graduate and professional enrollment and student services, and Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Higher Education, focusing on experiences that enable doctoral candidates to thrive throughout their program tenure. Breakout sessions addressed such student issues as advising, developing students into writers, and strategies for successful research teams. Attendees also engaged in dialogue regarding faculty development, dissertation supervision and quality, equipping adjuncts and second readers, and supporting doctoral faculty scholarship. Further, the group explored marketing and promoting programs, alternate dissertation models, and online doctoral courses.

In addition to the presenters above, APU presenters included Anita Henck, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education; Rebecca Cantor, Ph.D., executive director of writing programs; Karen Longman, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Higher Education; Christopher Collins, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Higher Education; David Peck, Ph.D., vice president for university relations; Rafi Maljian, executive director of marketing; and Brett Barry, associate director of marketing. The conference promises to be the first of many opportunities to support doctoral programs in the CCCU.

Originally published in the Winter '15 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.