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Dissertation Special Faculty Member

Creighton University
United States, Nebraska, Omaha
2500 California Plaza (Show on map)
December 02, 2023

Creighton University's Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership seeks candidates from a social science-oriented scholarly field to join the program in an affiliate (special faculty) role: the Dissertation Faculty Member.

Creighton University is a coeducational urban university that encourages applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who can contribute to the educational traditions of the University. The Program seeks a teacher-scholar who pursues academic excellence through diversity and is committed to fostering an environment where faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.

Dissertation Faculty Members teach a proposal construction class, then mentor a small group (4-6) of students through the process of completing their dissertations, including the proposal defense (via webinar), independent research, and finally, the final defense of their dissertations (also conducted through a webinar).

We offer our proposal construction class twice each year in our Fall 1 and Spring 2 terms. We hire 5-8 individuals in summer and early spring for these offerings. Training in the expectations and mechanics of our process begins after hiring and prior to the course starts.

The proposal construction class is a fully online eight-week course. After the course concludes, Dissertation Chairs continue to guide students (remotely) through the proposal and final defense stages of the applied Dissertation-In-Practice degree. Note that while contracting to serve as a Dissertation Chair requires teaching the course and mentoring students through the rest of our dissertation process, compensation for teaching the course and working with students after the course ends are separate activities. Teaching the course requires a teaching contract and is paid when services are rendered. Mentoring dissertation students after the course concludes is also compensated. Dissertation faculty are paid at four points: 1) upon receipt of a signed contract to serve as a chair for a student; 2) after teaching the proposal construction class; 3) when a student successful defends their proposal; and 4) a final payment after the student successfully defends their dissertation.

Compensation system:

  • $250 per student upon assignment and receipt of signed contract
  • $500 per student for teaching the proposal construction class
  • $500 after a student successfully defends their proposal
  • $1000 after a student successfully defends their dissertation.

Full-time program faculty provide training in our approaches and expectations before the course starts. Furthermore, special dissertation faculty have free access to a personalized Creighton email address, our library system, and various software (such as Qualtrics and Zoom).

Applicants with experience in chairing dissertations and/or master's theses are encouraged to apply. While applicants with expertise in traditional quantitative or qualitative methods are encouraged to apply, so are individuals with expertise in critical race theory, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, intersectionality, decolonization, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Work Authorization Notice: We regret that we are unable to sponsor H1-B or visas or employ individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. If you require sponsorship or are not authorized to work in the US, we are unable to consider your application for this position.


  • PhD or EdD in a social science-oriented discipline.
  • Experience in directing or chairing masters theses or doctoral level dissertations
  • Knowledge of, and experience with teaching traditional social science research methods, including quantitative or qualitative approaches.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with graduate level teaching and online teaching
  • A credible trajectory in research, scholarship, and academic publications
  • Knowledge of, and experience with leadership theories, applied/action research preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with the mission of Creighton University as a Catholic, Jesuit university preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with APA style preferred.

How to Apply

Complete online application and attach the below documents (prior to submitting).

Go to Attachments Tab and attach documents under Other Attachments Relevant to this Submission by clicking Upload Other Attachment.

  • Cover letter (2-page maximum) Should address the applicant's qualifications and backgrounds in each of the ideal & preferred areas listed in the job description.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Transcript from your terminal degree program (as described in the College Application; copies are acceptable for the interview; originals will be requested before formal offer can be made).
  • Two letters of recommendation (maximum; these should speak to the candidates teaching and research mentoring ability).
  • Teaching philosophy (one page maximum): considerations of adult learning and online teaching and information about student teaching evaluations the candidate may include. Work with students on research, especially experience with supervising master s theses or dissertations, should be described.
  • Research statement (one page maximum): a general discussion of the applicants methodological skills, preferences, and research achievements (presentations and publications) as well as a discussion of future research directions.

Tip: You cannot attach a file that exceeds 5120 kilobytes. You can attach a maximum of 25 files, one at a time.

We accept applications for this position on a rolling basis. Interviews are held in May-June and November-December each year (the course is offered in August and March, respectively). Applicants will be reviewed using a two-stage process. First, the search committee will review submitted dossiers. Second, promising candidates will be interviewed by webinar. After the second stage, decisions on our pool of five to eight dissertation faculty members are made. Candidates will be notified of the search committee s decisions about four to six weeks before the proposal construction class starts. Required training (via webinars) occurs after hire.

Any questions should be directed to the chairs of the search committee: Dr. Debra Ford () and Dr. Jim Martin ().

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Disclosure Statement

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

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