Faculty - Dissertation Mentor - Project Management - GRAD
Capella University - United States

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Capella University seeks out faculty who combine top academic credentials with working or practitioner experience in the fields they teach. Our faculty provide a variety of educational opportunities to our degree and certificate learners. Faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Capella learner while establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as accreditation standards. Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through practice in the discipline or outside scholarly activities.

Responsibilities of Mentors:
Successful mentors have the ability to guide and coach learners through the dissertation process by promoting a positive, collaborative relationship that enhances learner engagement, satisfaction, retention and success. Mentors are committed to providing timely direction and support to mentees throughout the dissertation phase of the program. Mentors may also participate in the comprehensive exam preparation phase as well.

Mentors have research knowledge and the ability to understand and evaluate all aspects of the research process, including application. They also have an in-depth understanding of the end-to-end research process (dissertation design, execution, and completion) while working with mentees as a dissertation supervisor and chair of the dissertation committee. Mentors apply their in-depth knowledge of IRB standards, regulations, and processes at each stage of the dissertation process and consult with expert colleagues, related literature and other available school resources when research methods and design questions or concerns arise.

Mentors monitor, evaluate and guide learner progress, including establishing and discussing dissertation expectations and criteria-based assessment techniques with mentees. Mentors also assess mentee's work and ensure the achievement of quality compliance standards for research prior to submittal to IRB.

Mentors ensure the efficient administration of the dissertation process for mentees by implementing Capella policies and procedures (including milestone procedures and IRB regulations), and manage the dissertation committee through timely and effective communication about progress, feedback, or concerns.

Please note: we are building a pool of candidates interested in being mentors, and it may take a few academic terms to determine our learners' progress toward their dissertation. If you are also interested in teaching duties, please check the Capella website and apply directly to the separate faculty teaching postings.


Education: PhD required from a regionally accredited institution. Degree must be in Information Technology, or a technology related field. Professional certification in PMP is preferred.


Graduate level teaching experience of 3 years or more; online teaching experience preferred.
Significant scholar - practitioner experience in the field, plus a demonstrated capability of doing research, evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals, or journals, and/or conference presentations.
Previous experience preferred in dissertation mentoring and advising, and/or dissertation committee work.
Evidence of supporting learner success and commitment to mentoring in an online learning environment.

Job Location

This is an off-site position.

*Due to state higher education regulations, Capella University is restricted from hiring course room instructors who are residents of Vermont.

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About Capella University

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahlc.org

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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