Essential E-mentors’ Characteristics for Mentoring Online Doctoral Dissertations: Faculty Views

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Essential E-Mentors' Characteristics of Mentoring Online Doctoral Dissertations

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Essential E-mentors' Characteristics for Mentoring Online Doctoral Dissertations
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Auslyn has more than thirty years experience in vocational rehabilitation counseling, including self-employment within the workers compensation system and writing grants and managing federally funded employment and training programs within the nonprofit sector. She is currently Dissertation Chair at UoPX, and has been facilitating online classes in World Religions, Race and Ethnicity, and Introduction to University Studies since 2005. Certified Advanced Facilitator. Auslyn’s educational background includes a B.A. in French and Spanish from Fordham University, an M.A. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Educational Administration from Capella University. Auslyn is bilingual in English and Spanish. Her hobbbies include reading, gardening, and interior design. Currently as CEITR fellow, Dr. Nieto is working on the study of: Essential E-mentors’ Characteristics for Mentoring Online Doctoral Dissertations: Faculty Views.
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Effective mentoring is an integral component of the doctoral dissertation process.  Prior research amply explored the triadic symbiosis of faculty mentoring skills, responsibilities, and values within the dyadic mentor-protégé relationship, but did not substantively analyze faculty views of the essential e-mentors’ characteristics for mentoring online doctoral dissertations. As a result of the lacunae in the mentoring literature, this qualitative case study will investigate these views, using purposeful sampling methodology. Insights will be gained through a voluntary, anonymous survey distributed to ten online doctoral dissertation Chairs via email.  Data will be collected from open-ended surveys administered electronically, telephone interviews with faculty and faculty reflective journals, and will be analyzed thematically using a pattern matching technique congruent with case study analysis. Repetitive patterns and themes for categorization and analysis, crucial to case study data investigation, will be identified.  NVivo software will be used for forming themes from transcribed interviews, surveys and journals.   Patterns of information gleaned from the survey, interviews, and journals will be utilized for triangulation of results.  Mentoring characteristics within the tri-fold convergence of values, professional skill, and relationships will be explored through the lens of online doctoral faculty.  The study results may be transferred to similar contexts as this proposed research should prove beneficial to e-mentors and doctoral learners. E-mentors will be able to utilize the recommendations to more effectively mentor their students. 

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