2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ph.D. Residencies

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Ph.D. residencies follow a sequence designed specifically to match students’ academic progress, as outlined below.


Completion Guideline Goals Components
1. Orientation, Socialization Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course Socialization into Walden, community building, and introductory skills Orientation, colloquia on professional identity, team building, and scholarly writing
2. Research 
Within 18 months of start date or linked to registration in or completion of the first research course Introduction to research skills, self-assessment, and skill development Dissertation and research skills, professional development activities
3. Prospectus and Proposal By end of 3rd year Prospectus completion and proposal development
Prospectus writing and dissertation processes
4. Scholar-Practitioner 3rd year and beyond Presentation of research and dissertation publishing Advanced dissertation skills

Ph.D. residencies are face-to-face or virtual learning experiences that provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with other Walden students, staff, and faculty members. Face-to-face residencies are held throughout the year in various locations around the United States and, for certain programs, in international locations, while virtual residencies are hosted online for eligible Ph.D. students.

Students are eligible for the Ph.D. Virtual Residency Option if they are:

  • Ph.D. students participating in a four-residency model.
  • Ph.D. students who have completed Residency 1 and/or Residency 3 and are ready to complete Residency 2 or Residency 4. Residency 1 and Residency 3 must be completed through the face-to-face residency.
  • Ph.D. students who are not in a program requiring the Academic Year in Residence and are not in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program.


Residency 1: Socialization

Residency 1 is designed to socialize students into the Walden doctoral community. Topics include doctoral competency development, orientation to academic support services and networking, community building, writing at the doctoral level and using American Psychological Association (APA) style, library search skill building, and professional development. By the end, students will have completed a self-assessment and identified goals for continual development of the skills and practices required of new doctoral students.

  • Timing: As soon as students enroll in their program.
  • Format: Orientation; colloquia on professional identity, team building, and scholarly writing.

Residency 2: Research Methods

Residency 2 develops students’ skills in reviewing and performing scholarly research. Topics include refinement of research questions, research question and methodology alignment, and literature critique and synthesis. Upon completion, students will have developed key components of a research plan.

  • Timing: Within 18 months of the students’ start date or linked to the students’ registration for or completion of their first research course.
  • Format: Dissertation and research skills, professional development activities. 

Residency 3: Prospectus and Proposal

In Residency 3, students will continue to develop their research skills and begin the foundation for their prospectus or dissertation proposal. Topics include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research designs; data collection, management, and analysis considerations; and development of the prospectus. Upon completion, students will have completed a research alignment tool to inform and guide their dissertation research planning.

  • Timing: By the end of the 3rd year.
  • Format: Prospectus writing and dissertation processes. 

Residency 4: Scholar-Practitioner

Residency 4 strengthens students’ abilities as a scholar-practitioner. Topics include practicing presentation and critique, research dissemination, implications for social change, and dissertation writing. Upon completion, students will have composed a draft presentation of their doctoral research and created a plan for research dissemination.

  • Timing: During the 3rd year and beyond.
  • Format: Advanced dissertation skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of these residencies, students will be able to:

  1. Use critical-thinking skills expected of doctoral students.
  2. Engage faculty and peers in discourse that contributes to the collective advancement of scholarship in their discipline.
  3. Use university support services to contribute to the successful completion of the dissertation and doctoral degree.
  4. Analyze research ideas through engagement with faculty members and student colleagues to formulate appropriate research questions to be pursued in the doctoral dissertation.
  5. Conceptualize, design, and execute dissertation research studies that reflect doctoral-level thinking and have the potential to contribute to positive social change.
  6. Conduct peer review to receive and provide critical feedback to shape the dissertation proposal and results that follow from the data analysis.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis approaches to support what is learned in research courses and what is required for the dissertation.
  8. Articulate and demonstrate competency in professional practice skills required by student’s discipline.
  9. Write a plan for research dissemination (e.g., peer-reviewed journal article, conference presentation, book, workplace settings, or other venues).
  10. Identify strategies for continued professional development as scholar-practitioners.


Ph.D. Residency Session Abstracts

Residency Session Abstracts—Ph.D. 

Dissertation Writing Intensive (Optional for Ph.D. Students)

The purpose of this experience is to provide opportunities for students who have an approved prospectus and assigned dissertation chair to: a) complete key sections of the research proposal based on requirements of the rubric in a structured, yet supportive, environment; b) meet individually with faculty to discuss research proposal progress and receive feedback on content; c) meet individually with experts from the Walden Library and the Writing Center to receive guidance for advance library search techniques related specifically to the student’s topic and assistance in effective writing; and d) develop support networks that can be accessed on site and after residency as needed or desired.

Students interested in attending the Dissertation Writing Intensive should contact the Academic Advising Team. The Dissertation Writing Intensive does not substitute for the residency requirement.