If you are a doctoral student, you may be assigned a faculty mentor based on your academic research and professional interests and background.
Dr. Rebecca Jobe
(Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence)
We have over 1,000 faculty with varying research backgrounds and of course our students coming in have varying research backgrounds. And so, when a student enters one of our programs, we almost always, if not always, can find a faculty member that has expertise in that area, is doing current research in that area, and can really serve as a mentor for that student from start to finish.
Your faculty mentor acts as your facilitator, partner, and coach in the doctoral program and will also evaluate your work and monitor your progress.
(Ph.D. Applied Management & Decision Sciences Student)
Having a faculty mentor is the foundation to any doctoral program at Walden or any other university. You need to have a mentor that’s going to coach you through the process, be respected in the scholarly community, and advise you because that person has experience that you don’t have and as a result that skill that they bring is essential. In a distance-learning environment it’s even more important because you’re sitting at home researching by yourself. You’re going to be abandoned and feel like you’re alone if you don’t have access to somebody from a senior scholarly perspective to say am I on the right track?
(Ph.D. Psychology Student)
When talking with my mentor and trying to decide on my dissertation topic, we went through step by step as to how to take this broad concept and minimize it to something that is actually doable. And I did not have a vision or a plan at first as to how I would follow my research through, and she did an excellent job with helping write down a plan for me to follow and to make sure that I am still doing an area of interest. Receiving this feedback from my mentor made me feel like I can actually complete my dissertation and attain my dream of becoming a doctor.