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Faculty, PT - Public Health - Doctoral Committee (Virtual)


Job ID 26671BR Date posted 12/07/2017 Institution Walden University City Virtual
Walden University is an accredited institution that has been serving the higher education needs of professionals for more than 40 years. Offered online, Walden's doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs are designed to help students achieve their goals so that, as graduates, they can help advance the lives of others.

As Walden grows, we continue its tradition of quality. Share your professional experience and academic knowledge with students across the country and around the world. With a computer and a high-speed Internet connection, you can teach on your own schedule while maintaining other professional and personal commitments.

The School of Health Sciences seeks part-time faculty to mentor dissertation committees for our Ph.D. Public Health program and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program. Applicants with secondary data experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Contributing faculty are primarily responsible for student research mentoring within the school's doctoral degree programs. Specifically, they will be required to serve on and/or chair dissertation committees, and will manage dissertation quality through service as a university research reviewer. These faculty members will report to the Academic Research Coordinator.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Chair dissertation committees
  • Serve as the second member of committees
  • Manage dissertation quality through service as a university research reviewer.
  • Participation in university and school based residencies


Roles and Responsibilities for Research Mentorship/Committee Membership

The Committee
Mentoring is a major responsibility of faculty members who work with students completing the
research requirements of their doctoral degrees. Faculty mentor involvement with students is a significant factor in student retention and students’ success in their programs. Students’ progress toward completion of degree requirements is regularly monitored by the university, as is the effectiveness of faculty mentors in supporting this progress by their mentees.

The Committee Member’s Responsibilities

Committee members are expected to:
  • Accept specific mentoring assignments and maintain a minimum workload as determined by the school or college.
  • Facilitate the intellectual and professional development of their assigned students by continuing mentoring support until each program requirement associated with the assigned mentoring role has been completed or has been assigned to another faculty mentor (student reassignment must be accepted and approved by the program director).
  • Initiate and maintain frequent and regular interaction with students, at a minimum of twice per academic quarter (or more frequently as required by specific colleges or programs).
  • Help students produce high-quality work through analyzing and synthesizing appropriate subject matter and/or by applying appropriate research methods and data analyses.
  • Evaluate students’ work related to their progress in achieving academic milestones and demonstrating standards of quality.
  • Assist students in maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward timely completion of their degree programs.
  • Personalize and monitor their sections of courses that support continuing research development.
  • Advise students on the development of quarter plans.

Training:
All new Faculty Members receive specific training from Walden University in the techniques of teaching, use of an electronic learning platform, specifics of the policies, procedures and degree programs of the School or College in which they are going to teach, socialization into the Walden University culture, assessment of academic integrity of student work (including use of www.turnitin.com), and research supervision of theses and dissertations.
Course Teaching/Availability:
Faculty Members are assigned a dissertation course, which is taught using the Blackboard platform, and are responsible for interacting with students within this platform. Discussion Boards for classrooms are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Although postings to the classroom may be done at any time of day, they must be completed in a timely manner in accordance with the Faculty Handbook or other criteria established by Walden University. As such, Faculty Members are expected to be in the classroom a minimum of 1 day per week and responses to student questions must be posted within 48 hours. Faculty Members are required to verify the accuracy of student postings and submissions and to provide feedback and grades to students through Blackboard. In addition, Faculty members will publish their availability to students through course syllabi. The university suggests regular and predictable availability, such as online office hours or regular online chats.

Residencies:
Faculty Members may attend Residencies which are held domestically or internationally, where they will teach intensives and colloquia, and facilitate school and university-wide discussions.

Tools/Technical Skills:
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Technology Requirements:
Faculty members are required to have an adequate computer to handle an electronic learning platform, keyboard, pointing device, and computer monitor. All other tools are knowledge-based or training-based through Walden University. The Faculty Member must be able to use Microsoft Office products (MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint), zip software, and Adobe Acrobat and must have reliable Internet access as well as alternate access in cases where primary access becomes unavailable.

Travel:
Some travel may be required to attend academic residencies, National Faculty meetings and/or commencement activities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
  • Doctoral degree in the field of Public Health or related field from an accredited university
  • Strong research methodology background in quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods.
  • A significant record of intellectual and professional contributions to the field of Public Health, including peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
  • Experience serving on doctoral dissertation committees is required; experience chairing is preferred.
  • Three to five years of independent research project mentoring is preferred.
  • Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment; supervising student research preferred at the graduate level; commitment to the promotion of applied research that contributes to Walden's mission of contributing to positive social change; commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team, and human relation skills.
  • Experience with distance learning preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical functions as necessary.
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