This course and the one that follows (Supervising Doctoral Students - Part B) address issues and best practices related to supervising and mentoring students in the dissertation phase of their doctoral studies. It is designed to orient and better equip faculty who take on these supervisory and mentoring roles.
The course is designed around the reading of the “Handbook for Supervisors of Doctoral Students in Evangelical Theological Institutions,” by Ian J. Shaw, with Kevin E. Lawson (ICETE, Langham Global Library, 2015) with written assignments growing out of that reading.
Those completing this course will better understand the role and various tasks of supervising doctoral students in their research, including: strengthening critical thinking skills, planning
and organizing a research effort, framing research questions and developing a research proposal, and sustaining the writing effort over time to completion. They will learn how to manage supervision sessions with students, promote spiritual
formation in the midst of studies, support students holistically, and prepare them for their dissertation defense. Common problem areas are also addressed.
- The nature of supervision
- Critical thinking skills
- Starting well
- Promoting formation
This course is co-authored by Dr. Kevin E. Lawson and Dr Ian Shaw.
Kevin serves as co-chair of the ICETE Doctoral Initiatives Steering Committee (DISC). He has over 25 years of experience in doctoral education at Talbot School of Theology. Ian
is CEO of the OPAL Trust, and Hon. Fellow, University of Edinburgh. He was the chair of the ICETE Doctoral Initiative Steering Committee from 2012-18, and has been involved in doctoral education with UK universities and a range of Majority
World theological institutions for over 25 years.
The course is created in partnership with the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) Doctoral Initiative Steering Committee (DISC). The course text, “Best Practice Guidelines for Doctoral Programs” (ICETE, Langham Global Library, 2015) is available in digital format from Langham Global Library.
This is a self-paced online course.
10 hours of learning
ICETE Academy points
You will need to complete the learning sections, respond to set of engage-questions and complete a final test.
Course enrolment key