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January Challenge Friday: Promoting Student Success Through Dissertation Mentorship
Friday, January 12, 2024, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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CPED January Challenge Friday

 Promoting Student Success Through Dissertation Mentorship: A Collaborative Dialogue Focused on Improving the Mentor-Mentee Experience

Date: Friday, January 12, 2024

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Research consistently highlights that the student-faculty mentoring relationship is a key institutional characteristic that predicts outcomes and degree completion for doctoral students (Creighton et al. 2010; Nettles & Millet, 2006). This Challenge Friday session aims to provide an environment in which faculty can discuss and examine mentoring within Ed.D. programs. Of particular interest, this session will be augmented with preliminary findings from an ongoing study examining the nature of mentoring among people who have won or chaired a CPED Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award. Our dialogue will center primarily on the voices of session participants using guided active learning strategies to promote discussion on best practices for mentorship in conjunction with the dissertation in practice. Participants will leave our session with tangible ideas of how to boost their own mentoring and in doing so, better support student success.



Rhia Moreno

Dr. Rhia Moreno is an Assistant Professor of education research in the Department of Research, Counseling, and Curriculum in the College of Education and Human Development at Augusta University. She earned her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from the University of Georgia and her Ed.M. in Language and Culture from Harvard University. Dr. Moreno teaches and mentors EdD graduate students on topics related to educational research and pedagogy. Her research interests are grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and include arts-based pedagogies, experiential learning, study abroad, and culture.

Jesse Wood


Dr. Jesse Wood is an Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Strategic Leadership in Education at Belmont University. His research focuses on organizational mindfulness, rural education, and effective mentorship in doctoral programs. 

Lee Flood

Dr. Lee Flood is the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Accreditation, and Quality Improvement at TCU’s Burnett School of Medicine. His research focuses on leaders approach issues related to equity, access, and justice within educational settings. Additionally, Dr. Flood has explored the importance of mentorship within doctoral programs. Dr. Flood’s personal interests include searching for the best Texas brisket, fly fishing in as many different bodies of water as possible, and making the best dad jokes that the world has ever heard.