Dissertation Director-EdD in Administration and Leadership

Work Schedule

Hours as necessitated by dissertation director responsibilities, office hours, and other duties as assigned.

Work Site

Onsite Bethany

Job Summary

The Dissertation Director is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the dissertation process for each learner in up to four cohorts in the EdD program, regardless of location or modality. This person meets with individual learners during their first module and throughout the program in an effort to develop their research agenda. This person helps each learner identify committee members and serves as a resource for dissertation chairs. The Dissertation Director functions as the Academic Writing Specialist for assigned cohorts. The Dissertation Director teaches ED-7623 Research Traditions for cohorts as needed. The Dissertation Director works closely with the EdD Program Director and others as needed. Total cohort load will not exceed 4 cohorts or 60 students.

The School of Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership (GSEL) seeks to develop highly qualified leaders who contribute to their fields of study and inspire meaningful change. The EdD program currently serves more than 200 students representing diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities. The successful Dissertation Director brings diverse lived experiences and representative perspectives to provide expertise for current and relevant research topics and is culturally responsive in recognizing and honoring the uniqueness of each individual learner and engaging in diverse viewpoints to foster a supportive and inclusive academic environment.  

Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain familiarity with current graduate catalog and EdD program dissertation policies and procedures.
  • Assist Dissertation Chairs and learners in identifying and training members to sit on each learner’s dissertation committee.
  • Guide Dissertation Chairs and learners with the theoretical framework for dissertation and creation of a timeline for each dissertation.
  • Provide guidance on research proposal structure, formatting, content, and setting clear expectations for timely completion of the proposal.
  • Actively engaged in a research agenda
  • Ensure Dissertation Chair acts as a communication center for issues related to dissertation.
  • Support policies and procedures to ensure adequate progress on dissertation is being made. 
  • Ensure Dissertation Chair is able to assist in the entire dissertation proposal process and can support each learner through the research and defense process.
  • Ensure the proper number of dissertation committee meetings occur.
  • Assist Dissertation Chair and learner in navigating the IRB approval process.
  • Serve as an Academic Writing Specialist for assigned cohorts.
  • Maintain familiarity with APA 7th Edition standards
  • Offer individual assistance, workshops, and focused class sessions on APA 7th Edition writing expectations for assigned cohorts.
  • Serve on the proposal and defense hearing committees for all assigned Dissertation Director cohorts and all assigned Academic Writing Specialist cohorts.
  • Consult and collaborate with other Dissertation Directors.
  • Consistent and timely communication with students in class and/or students in assigned cohorts
  • Organize and authenticate all documents and ensure all required university forms are completed.
  • Represent the program on appropriate committees related to the EdD program.
  • Create information videos or other communication tools for Dissertation Chairs and learners and share at appropriate times.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Intercultural Learning and Engagement and Intercultural Faculty Fellows to ensure cultural issues are addressed. 
  • Participate in all program celebratory events and commencement ceremonies. 
  • Attend orientation workshop and proposal workshop two times each year regardless of cohort assignment
  • Encourage learners to submit dissertation proposal and findings to national conferences and support them through the application process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Southern Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. According to SNU policy, all faculty and staff must possess a strong personal Christian commitment and be committed to the SNU mission to make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ centered community.   
  • An understanding of the importance for diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • An understanding of qualitative and quantitative research designs
  • An understanding of adult learning theory
  • Terminal degree in a related field from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Hold or willingness to obtain a current IRB Training Certification
  • Proven leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Positive attitude and high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work with a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional persistence and self-motivated work ethic
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Computer/classroom technology proficiency and a knowledge of or willingness to learn Google suites
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Extensive reading–the individual accepts responsibility for extensive reading, analysis and editing of learner writing.
  • Problem solving–the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Interpersonal skills–remains open to the ideas of others and exhibits willingness to test new processes.
  • Diverse perspectives–grounded in contexts of diversity in research, scholarship, and teaching.
  • Verbal communication–the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Capacity for group presentation skills and conducting meetings.
  • Written communication–the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information. Possesses intermediate to advanced knowledge level of Microsoft Office Software.
  • Quality control–the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality. 

Professional and Graduate Studies Community Expectations:

We value the worth and dignity of all people. SNU strives to be a culturally responsive community where all members of the community are respected, valued, and appreciated. We believe all people are made in the image of God and a diverse community valuing the contributions of every person is essential to SNU and the Kingdom of God.

Supervision Received:

Receives supervision and work assignments from a designated supervisor, although other staff members in the unit may provide work direction.

Supervision Exercised:

May be responsible for the coordination of work assignments for student employees.

  • Employee Benefits

    Southern Nazarene University provides a variety of excellent benefits for full-time and half-time employees. A brief explanation of those benefits are listed below. (Note: Current employees can login to my.snu.edu and visit Employees/Human Resources/Benefits for more detailed information)

    Health Insurance

    Health coverage is offered to employees classified as 0.75 FTE upon employment. Plans include an OKC metro area ACO, nationwide PPO and high-deductible health plan with HSA.

    403(b) Retirement Savings Plan

    SNU offers employees the option to contribute to a retirement savings plan. Employees may contribute 100% of their annual earnings, up to the IRS maximum. Employees classified as 0.75 FTE and above will receive a matching contribution beginning the first of the month following the completion of 12 months of employment. This plan allows for 100% immediate vesting. Employees have several investment options.

    Tuition Remission Discounts

    Full-time regular faculty and staff employees and their dependents (spouse or children) are eligible for tuition remission discounts (up to 100% of tuition) at SNU.

    Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

    Group term life insurance is provided by SNU at no cost to the employee upon full-time employment. Employees receive $50,000 of life and AD&D insurance, spousal life insurance of $10,000 and dependent life insurance of $5,000 per child. (Please note: amounts are subject to reduction based on covered individual’s age)

    Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

    Upon full-time employment, employees may purchase a Supplemental Life and AD&D policy in increments of $10,000 up to the maximum allowable amount. Premiums and coverage amounts are age-rated.

    Long Term Disability Insurance

    Long term disability insurance is provided by SNU at no cost to the employee upon full-time employment.

    Dental Plans

    Dental coverage is offered to all full-time employees upon employment. Plans include an Oklahoma based plan and a nationwide plan.

    Vision Plan

    Vision plan coverage is offered to all full-time employees upon employment.

    Flexible Spending Accounts/Section 125 Plans

    Upon full-time employment, employees may elect to have up to the IRS allowable maximum amount withheld on a pre-tax basis from their check for un-reimbursed medical expenses and/or dependent care expenses.

    Supplemental Voluntary Insurance

    Upon full-time employment, employees may participate in healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts and purchase supplemental policies with pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction. Options include cancer, accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity, short-term disability, and life insurance plans.

    Paid Holidays

    Upon employment, all staff employees are eligible for nineteen (19) paid holidays.

    Paid Leave Program

    Upon employment, all part-time (working in at least a half-time capacity) and full-time employees are eligible for paid leave accrual on a biweekly or monthly basis. Most full-time employees are able to earn up to 2 weeks of vacation, 8 days of sick leave, and 2 personal days in 12 months.

    Tuition Discounts at SNU Lab School 

    A 20% tuition discount is available for each semester the employee is eligible and the student is enrolled. Click here for more information about SNU Lab School.

    On Campus Health Services

    SNU has an on-site health clinic and counseling center located on our main campus located in Bethany. All employees (and immediate family members) are eligible to use the health clinic and counseling center for a nominal fee per visit.

    On Campus Dining Services

    SNU has an on-site dining facility, made to order grill, and Starbucks coffee shop located on our main campus located in Bethany. All employees are eligible to eat at the dining facility for a subsidized rate of only $3.25/meal (current 2022-2023 rate).

    Benefit descriptions are provided above as general information only. Detailed information is provided during orientation.

  • Paid Holidays 2022

    January 3                            New Year’s Day

    January 17                          Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    March 16-18                       Spring Break

    April 15                                Good Friday (campus closed all day)

    May 30                                 Memorial Day

    June 20                                Juneteenth National Independence Day

    July 4                                    Independence Day

    September 5                        Labor Day

    November 23-25                Thanksgiving Wednesday before Thanksgiving

    December 23 -31               Christmas

    Total Days 19

  • Policies and Procedures

  • Diversity Statement

    Southern Nazarene University values each person created in the image of God, therefore, we also desire to be a community that reflects representation of diversity. We care about inclusion and equity through the refining of our character, the way we create culture, and the way we serve Christ. Our University values reconciliation through God’s love.

    Vice-President for Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Chief Diversity Officer

    Southern Nazarene University
    6727 NW 39th Expressway, Bresee Suite 200
    Bethany, OK 73008
    405-491-6600

    Email: lcrouso@mail.snu.edu

  • Non-Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    Southern Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, veterans status or any other legally protected class in the recruitment and admission of students, in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary, and in the operation of all university programs, activities, and services. Any concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of categories listed above should be addressed to the appropriate person:

    Students contact: 

    Dean of Students
    Southern Nazarene University
    Office of Student Life
    6612 NW 42nd St.
    Webster Commons, Lower Level Suite 110A
    Bethany, OK 73008
    405-491-6336/ Email: kbradley@snu.edu

    Employees contact: 

    Director of Human Resources (or immediate supervisor)
    Southern Nazarene University
    6729 NW 39th Expressway,
    Bresee Hall, Room 306
    Bethany, OK 73008
    405-491-6333/ Email: gcollier@snu.edu

    Chief Diversity Officer

    Vice-President for Intercultural Learning and Engagement
    Southern Nazarene University
    6729 NW 39th Expressway
    Bresee Suite 200
    Bethany, OK 73008
    405-491-6600/ Email: lcrouso@mail.snu.edu

    Anyone with questions or concerns regarding sex discrimination or the university’s compliance with Title IX can contact the university’s Title IX Coordinator:

    Executive Vice President

    Southern Nazarene University
    6729 NW 39th Expressway
    Bresee Suite 202
    Bethany, OK 73008
    405-491-6306/ Email: mredwine@snu.edu

    Title IX Disclosure

    Regardless of other language in this policy notwithstanding, Sexual Harassment (including Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking), as defined in the Sexual Harassment Policy, will be governed exclusively by the Sexual Harassment Policy and processes provided in it.  All other forms of sex-based discrimination are governed by this policy, including sex-based Harassment, as defined in this policy, that does not rise to the level of Sexual Harassment as defined in the Sexual Harassment Policy.

    Conduct that is initially raised through a formal complaint under the Sexual Harassment Policy may also be addressed under this policy, in the institution’s discretion, when: (i) the conduct, or some part of it, may amount to a violation of this policy regardless of whether it meets the definition of Sexual Harassment under the Sexual Harassment Policy; (ii) the formal complaint, or some part of it, has been dismissed under the Sexual Harassment Policy; or (iii) a final determination of a formal complaint has been made under the Sexual Harassment Policy and separate or additional action may be necessary to enforce this policy.

    Discrimination is material, adverse treatment of an individual based on a protected category.

    Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct on the basis of a Protected Category that explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

    A person’s subjective belief that behavior is intimidating, hostile, or offensive does not make that behavior harassment. The behavior must create a hostile environment from both a subjective and objective perspective and must be so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives a member of the community of the ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities from the university’s education or employment programs and/or activities. In determining whether a hostile environment exists, the university examines the context, nature, scope, frequency, duration, and location of incidents, as well as the relationships of the persons involved.

    Non-sex-based VAWA crimes

    Note that, when addressing domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that are not sex-based (i.e., that are not covered by the university’s revised Sexual Harassment policy), the university will need to provide VAWA protections to the parties. Those are outlined on the slides below.

    Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Southern Nazarene University prohibits all unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs and activities, except where the University has been granted exemptions from certain Title IX regulations on religious grounds, including the specific religious tenet of the University.

    No individual will be subject to any form of retaliation, discipline, or other adverse action for reporting conduct in violation of the university’s nondiscrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement, assisting/cooperating in making a complaint, or assisting with the investigation of a complaint. Any individual who believes they have experienced or witnessed retaliation should immediately notify the appropriate member(s) of the administration as identified above. Those found to be engaging in any type of discrimination in violation of law or university policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to an including dismissal or termination of employment.

    *Christian faith and employment at Southern Nazarene University: Southern Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964).

  • Title IX Disclosure

    Updated: August 17, 2020

    Regardless of other language in this policy notwithstanding, Sexual Harassment (including Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking), as defined in the Sexual Harassment Policy, will be governed exclusively by the Sexual Harassment Policy and processes provided in it.  All other forms of sex-based discrimination are governed by this policy, including sex-based Harassment, as defined in this policy, that does not rise to the level of Sexual Harassment as defined in the Sexual Harassment Policy.

    Conduct that is initially raised through a formal complaint under the Sexual Harassment Policy may also be addressed under this policy, in the institution’s discretion, when: (i) the conduct, or some part of it, may amount to a violation of this policy regardless of whether it meets the definition of Sexual Harassment under the Sexual Harassment Policy; (ii) the formal complaint, or some part of it, has been dismissed under the Sexual Harassment Policy; or (iii) a final determination of a formal complaint has been made under the Sexual Harassment Policy and separate or additional action may be necessary to enforce this policy.

    Discrimination is material, adverse treatment of an individual based on a protected category.

    Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct on the basis of a Protected Category that explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

    A person’s subjective belief that behavior is intimidating, hostile, or offensive does not make that behavior harassment. The behavior must create a hostile environment from both a subjective and objective perspective and must be so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives a member of the community of the ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities from the university’s education or employment programs and/or activities. In determining whether a hostile environment exists, the university examines the context, nature, scope, frequency, duration, and location of incidents, as well as the relationships of the persons involved.

    Non-sex-based VAWA crimes

    Note that, when addressing domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that are not sex-based (i.e., that are not covered by the university’s revised Sexual Harassment policy), the university will need to provide VAWA protections to the parties.

    Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Southern Nazarene University prohibits all unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs and activities, except where the University has been granted exemptions from certain Title IX regulations on religious grounds, including the specific religious tenet of the University.

    No individual will be subject to any form of retaliation, discipline, or other adverse action for reporting conduct in violation of the university’s nondiscrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement, assisting/cooperating in making a complaint, or assisting with the investigation of a complaint. Any individual who believes they have experienced or witnessed retaliation should immediately notify the appropriate member(s) of the administration as identified above. Those found to be engaging in any type of discrimination in violation of law or university policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to an including dismissal or termination of employment.

    *Christian faith and employment at Southern Nazarene University: Southern Nazarene University is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964).

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