Job Description

Make a Difference at Grand Canyon University

Shape the bright futures of Grand Canyon University students as a Dissertation Chair in the College of Doctoral Studies , which offers programs tailored towards the interests of our students, including: Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership,  Doctor of Business Administration , and Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology.  Specializations are offered that respond to the needs of a global society.


Responsibilities include equipping students with the required skill set, facilitating classroom discussions, assessing student performance and dissertation quality, and guiding doctoral learners successfully through the dissertation research processes. The main responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage dissertation committee members and methodologists
  • Provide scholarly oversight to doctoral learners in accordance to GCU required dissertation processes and procedures
  • Support peer review processes and procedures for doctoral learners to produce quality dissertations
  • Maintain records and updates as required by the college for each learner using the dissertation management systems and GCU learning management system
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.


Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology


Required -

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology or related field.
  • Dissertation chair or dissertation committee experience.
  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is required.

Additional Qualifications Desired -

  • Experience teaching graduate level research methods or statistics (qualitative or quantitative) coursework.
  • At least 3 years of progressive professional experience /demonstrated expertise through scholarly research as an academic or professional researcher (minimum: research project or program design and evaluation or secondary data analysis or primary data collection and analysis).

Before submitting your application, please attach the following for review:

  • CV or Resume with dissertation chair or dissertation committee experience.
  • Your unofficial transcripts for any applicable conferred doctorate degree
  • Any applicable licenses/certifications

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Posted 12 Days Ago

Part time


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