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Walden University

Company Description

Company Description

Walden University is a pioneer in student-centered distance education. An accredited graduate institution with a mission for social change, Walden is dedicated to high academic standards and helping students make a difference in their professions, organizations and communities.

Faculty members educate Walden University Students by effectively and proficiently using online technology and resources so that knowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted to and shared with students in timely, thoughtful, carefully formulated, and well written communications. This is accomplished in an environment that is respectful of students, the Faculty Member, Walden University, and the discipline in which the Faculty Member is involved.

Walden University is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). More than 50 years ago, Walden University was founded to support adult learners in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and communities. Students from across the U.S. and more than 115 countries are pursuing a certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree online at Walden. The university offers more than 100 online degree and certificate programs. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, hlcommission.org. For more information, please visit WaldenU.edu and WaldenFacts.com.

Job Description

Walden University is an accredited institution that has been serving the higher education needs of professionals for 50 years. Offered online, Walden’s doctoral degree programs are designed to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

Walden’s School of Psychology seeks part-time (contributing) faculty to serve as doctoral student committee subject matter/content or research methods experts (and/or chairs) for the PhD Developmental Psychology program.


Walden University seeks dynamic, engaged and supportive doctoral faculty research mentors that have strong communication and learning-relationship skills for this part-time position in the School of Psychology, PhD Developmental Psychology Program. Key responsibilities of this position are to mentor doctoral students through the dissertation process as a subject/content or research/methodology expert who may be either a chair or second member of dissertation committees, and to engage and support doctoral students as emerging scholar-practitioners.

What to expect as a Walden contributing faculty member:

Faculty members educate Walden University students by effectively using online technology and resources to provide an engaging and supportive student experience. Faculty members are expected to share their knowledge and give relevant, actionable feedback in carefully formulated timely communication to students. This is accomplished in a student-centric learning environment that is respectful, collaborative and follows Walden University and program specific guidelines.

General Expectations Include:

Supportive engagement at all times – build positive rapport, openness, trust, mutual inquiry and listening to students to help them learn, discover and apply research skills.

Effective online communications to maintain teaching and social presence and to stimulate critical thinking and “learning to learn” skills.

Doctoral Student Research Mentoring

Faculty research mentors are assigned to work as part of a collaborative committee team and may work one-on-one with students to help them meet their research requirements.

Subject Matter/Content Expert

When a research mentor is the second member of a committee (not Chair), as subject matter/content expert, they are expected to engage, monitor, refine, and assess the progress of the capstone research from start to finish as the subject/content expert, and to provide timely, actionable feedback, assessment, and evaluation of each student’s work.

Doctoral Student Research Mentoring: Research Design & Methodology Expert

When a research mentor is the second member of a committee (not Chair), as research design and methodology expert, they are expected to engage, monitor, refine, and assess the progress of the capstone research from start to finish as the design and methods expert, and to provide timely, relevant, actionable feedback, assessment, and evaluation of each student’s work.

Chair Responsibilities:

Faculty mentors who are who are assigned as Chair, are responsible for interacting with, and providing academic and professional guidance to, students on an ongoing basis within the learning platform. The chair is expected to ensure that their mentees have an approved term-plan each term, and that they engage and support students to foster quality work and progress; to respond to questions and comments in the course within 48 hours, and to engage students within the course a minimum of 4 days per week. Faculty Chairs are to provide grades and actionable, supportive feedback to students, and to assess final term plan progress.

Academic Credentials:
Doctoral Faculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess an earned degree from an accredited institution or recognized by a country’s ministry of education in the discipline being taught.



Candidates should possess:

An earned doctorate in the field of developmental psychology or a related field (required).

A record of scholarship, publication and research in methods and research design that is appropriate to support doctoral students in the field of study (required).

Strong relationship-building skills with students with diverse backgrounds.

Strong writing, research, and oral communication skills.

Experience in mentoring doctoral students in the dissertation process (preferred).

Three years of effective teaching experience at the degree level of program (preferred).

Online experience at the degree level of program (preferred.).

Experience in qualitative and mixed-method research (preferred).

Ideally, a candidate should be able to demonstrate:

Success at building effective student learning relationships that support mutual inquiry and doctoral quality student progress and learning outcomes.

Strong servant leadership dispositions. This includes the ability to listen carefully to students, and to be approachable and supportive within Walden’s policies.

Strong time-management and co-project management skills.

Ideally, a candidate should be strongly committed to:

Supporting the development of Walden University students to foster positive social change as scholar-practitioners.

Best practices in teaching, research, advising and mentoring.

The ongoing professional development of themselves as faculty.

The willingness to perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.

All new Faculty Members receive training with respect to best practices in online doctoral mentoring, effective supervision, and review of dissertations. They also receive socialization into the Walden University culture of quality, integrity, and student-learning centeredness and an orientation in their specific degree program.

Doctoral level faculty may be asked to participate in Residencies held domestically or internationally, where they may teach colloquia, lead writing-intensive workshops, and facilitate school-wide discussions.

Technology Proficiency/Requirements:

Faculty members are expected to maintain a high level of technical proficiency and have a strong commitment to learning new technologies. Faculty are required to have computer and software resources that enable effective delivery of academic services to a disbursed community of learners. The Faculty Member must be able to use Microsoft Office products and must have reliable Internet access as well as alternate access as needed.

Some travel may be requested.

Additional Information

About Walden University: For more than 45 years, Walden University has served the higher education needs of working professionals. More than 47,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries pursue their doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s degrees online in a variety of fields, including: Business and Management, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, Information Technology, Education, and Nursing. As part of the Laureate International Universities network, you’ll be able to touch lives in your community and change the world of education.

In support of the pay transparency laws enacted across the country, the expected compensation rate for this position is as follows:

Graduate Course Instruction: $1,560 – $4,080 per Quarter or Semester, depending on type of course taught and length of course

Undergraduate Course Instruction: $700 – $2,200 per quarter, depending on type of course taught and length of course

Actual pay may be adjusted based on job-related factors permitted by law, such as type of course taught; experience and training; geographic location; licensure and certifications; market factors; departmental budgets; and responsibility. Walden also offers other opportunities for its contributing faculty members, such as dissertation/doctoral study committee chair positions, research reviewing, and dissertation and doctoral study mentoring.

Our Talent Acquisition Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to learning more about your salary requirements.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. At Adtalem, we welcome everyone and have a strong commitment towards diversity and inclusion. We encourage our Colleagues to be their true authentic selves and support laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We also maintain a drug-free workplace.

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