Virtual Dissertation Chair Training

Concurrent Session 4
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Brief Abstract

Multiple sesssions of dissertation chair training have been developed and implemented.

We will discuss the process of providing this training and what content we shared.

Also, a discussion on the methods of virtual faculty training will be explored. 

Presenters

Dr. Michelle Dennis serves as Chair of the Department of Leadership and Applied Psychology at Adler University’s Online Campus. She has held various positions in the field of higher education over the past 18 years and previously worked as a statistician. Her research interests include engagement, best-practices in the delivery of online education, personality and interpersonal problems.
Donna DiMatteo-Gibson is the MIO and DIOP Online Program Director. She is in charge of managing the development and facilitation of the Industrial/Organizational psychology programs and certifications within these departments. She received her Bachelors of Arts in both Speech Communications and Psychology from the University of San Diego in 1994. She also obtained two Masters of Science degrees in the areas of general psychology and industrial-organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), which is now called Alliant International University. In June of 1999, she graduated from CSPP with a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She has been teaching online graduate and undergraduate courses since 2001 and enjoys it immensely! Donna has developed many online courses as well as evaluated curriculum in the psychology field. She has provided evaluations and coaching opportunities to her colleagues and finds the collegial discussions very rewarding. She often makes professional presentations on topics, such as organizational effectiveness and distance learning. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising and spending time at the beach!

Additional Authors

Sarah Fornero serves as the Executive Dean of the Online Campus. She joined Adler in 2011 as an Instructional and Multimedia Consultant, and has since held a number of positions at the University. Prior to her current role, Sarah served as Associate Vice President of the Department of Educational Design and Innovation. Sarah is an active member of a variety of professional organizations including University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). She is also published in the field of online and distance learning. She completed her B.S. in Education from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan – Flint, and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida.

Extended Abstract

Multiple sesssions of dissertation chair training have been developed and implemented. One session was offered in 2018 with another session offered in 2020.  

We will discuss the process of providing this training virtually and what content we shared.

Also, a discussion on the methods of virtual faculty training will be explored, how we coached faculty to be strong research mentors and also how we navigated the process of 

educating faculty on how to mentor doctoral student research in a virtual manner.