New Ways to Connect with CPED Colleagues

New Ways to Connect with CPED Colleagues!

New Challenge Fridays, Blog, Webinars, and Community Forum Discussions

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CPED strives to provide enriching collaborative learning and networking opportunities for our members. We’ve been doing this through convenings, meetings and workshops at other conferences, CIGs, and committees.

As CPED convenings are the largest membership touch point for the consortium, we are excited to announce more engagement opportunities for members to connect with each other in between convenings. The CPED team and member contributors have been working hard at creating new virtual engagement opportunities to give our members more ways to discuss issues and questions impacting their EdD programs.

These new virtual engagement opportunities are Challenge Fridays, a blog, webinars, and forum discussions.

Challenge Fridays

CPED Challenge Fridays provide a virtual space for member discussion about EdD program re/design and implementation. We will host these monthly conversations on the final Friday of each month via Zoom that will be led by either the CPED team or a member.


  • Monthly virtual Zoom meetings
  • Key discussion topics related to EdD program re/design and implementation
  • Invitation for members to interact and discuss
  • Led by CPED team or member
  • Member interaction and communication
  • Link(s) to website resources relevant to the discussion topics for further learning

Timeframe:  60 minutes on the final Friday of each month

  • 15 minutes:  Discussion prompt
  • 40 minutes:  Discussion as the entire group or breakout rooms (depending on number of participants)
  • 5 minutes: Review and wrap-up

Our First Challenge:Supporting Student Writing 
Students have achieved masters level writing skills. How do we take them to the next level?  How can our writing instruction and requirements develop students’ leadership, critical thinking, and communication capabilities?

Learn More and RSVP Here


We’ve recently started our new CPED blog! The blog contains the reflections of CPED team and consortium members, award winners, CPED news, and announcements. 

Blog posts appear in the “Latest News” section on the right-hand side of our website. You can also access the blog in the “Our Ideas” section of the website’s main navigation bar.

Here’s a sample of blog posts you can read right now: 

Interested in contributing to our blog? Let us know via email at [email protected]


We’ve hosted a few webinars in the past year on topics like the Program of the Year Award, marketing your EdD program, and the difference between an EdD and PhD. We’re excited to announce that we’re planning to host more webinars to add additional learning opportunities for our members!

Webinars are open to CPED members for free and non-CPED members for a fee. Hosted by CPED staff and faculty from CPED member institutions, the webinars will cover topics spanning from the CPED Framework to strategies for program redesign.

Want to present a webinar on insights from your EdD program, a learning exchange you’ve presented, or research you’ve conducted? Email us at [email protected], and we’d be happy to help coordinate logistics and promotion so that you can focus on preparing an awesome webinar!

Upcoming Webinars:

Join us and invite your colleagues for the following upcoming webinars!

Steps to Backward Mapping an EdD Program

Friday, February 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

In this 60-minute webinar, CPED Executive Director, Dr. Jill A. Perry, will introduce the CPED Framework and describe the steps to utilizing this framework to backwards map the design of your EdD program.

Learn More Here.

Introduction to Improvement Science
Tuesday, March 24
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Save the date for this 60-minute webinar introduction to improvement science. More information coming soon!

View and Register for Webinars on our Calendar 

Community Discussion Forum

Our Community Discussion Forum offers members a place to communicate with each other, to ask for advice, seek answers to design questions and to share their experiences. 

Community Discussion Forums are composed of five categories:

  • Program Design/Redesign
  • Research Inquiry Courses
  • Teaching/Advising
  • Dissertation in Practice
  • Faculty Load. 

Login to the CPED website to see our first forum post! CPED colleague Craig Mertler at Arizona State University asks: What do you find most rewarding—and most challenging—about teaching scholarly practitioners?

Instructions on how to reply and post your own questions and stories can be found in this brief video

We’re looking forward to connecting with you!

We’re excited for the new learning and collaboration that will take place with these new virtual engagement opportunities. If you have an idea, insights, or questions that you’d like to discuss with the consortium via these opportunities, let us know at [email protected]. Talk to you soon!

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