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Head Dissertation Liaison

Description of Job

Under the direction of and in collaboration with the Director of Ed Leadership, the Head Dissertation Liaison provides an important element of structure and guidance to doctoral students throughout the dissertation process. This position is half time and benefits eligible.

The Head Liaison acts as a point of contact for dissertation advisors and dissertators, dissertation committee members, and is expert in the Edgewood College dissertation process. The Head Liaison forms dissertation committees and facilitates the seamless movement of students from proposal though defense and publication. 


  • Facilitate ED985, ED884, ED886, ED888 (non load-bearing credits required for proposals and defenses)
  • Support for all dissertators:
    • Form dissertation committees and communicate with committee members.
    • Schedule proposals and defenses.
    • Distribute proposal and defense documents to committee members.
    • Record proposal and defenses, distribute to committee.
    • Provide mentorship and counsel for dissertators, dissertation advisors, editors, and other liaisons.
    • Track student progress
    • Work collaboratively with the EdD Team to provide feedback and updates on student progress.
    • Work with the registrar to confer degrees.
    • Offer advising community training/meetings either via live session or on-line modules.
    • Facilitate cohort meetings either face-to-face or virtually.
    • Lead students and editors through the publication process.
  • Responsibilities on assigned committees:
    • Serve as a committee member for proposal and defense meetings of dissertators, either as liaison or faculty representative. 
    • Facilitate proposal and dissertation committee meetings.
    • Record proposals and defenses; send meeting recording to dissertators.
    • Provide detailed notes after proposal and defense to dissertation committee and the Program Director. 

Job Qualifications

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Earned doctorate or acceptable terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Academic Writing expertise
  • Experience conducting and evaluating research in educational settings.
  • Experience designing and advising dissertation research at the doctoral level. 

Required Technical Skills

  • Capacity to successfully manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral formats.
  • Extreme attention to detail.
  • Commitment, energy, and enthusiasm to guide students and advisors through the dissertation process.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software, including electronic editing and communications. 
  • Familiarity with technology-based support such as WebEx. 

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, a Catholic college sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence - the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values - truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources - HDLI
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
E-mail: humanresources@edgewood.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer