Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education Resource Portal

UPCOMING EVENT: 2022 Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education Forum


September 29, 2022
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This one-day event is for new(er) doctoral program directors, providing orientation and basic training on several critical aspects of doctoral program design, development, marketing, oversight, and evaluation, with attention given to programmatic issues, faculty development and support, and student guidance and support.  Click here to register for the Bootcamp and Forum.

To learn more about the Bootcamp, contact Dr. Kevin E. Lawson, Chair of the CCCU Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education:

Registration Fees:

Please click here to register.

  • Bootcamp Session: $50.00
  • Early Bird: $215.00 (Ends July 22)
  • Regular Registration: $235.00 (Ends September 10)
  • Late Registration: $255 (Ends September 23)

Group Rate Special:  With three paid registrations, a fourth is discounted to 50%

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the start of the program. If you must cancel, please email Refunds for cancellations received prior to Friday, September 9 will be issued minus a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Friday, September 9, 2022. Substitutions will be honored at any time. No-shows are not refundable.

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TBD       Pre-conference dinner and welcome


8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Pre-conference Session
Designed for New & Developing Doctoral Program Leaders

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Plenary Session 1:  Distinctives of Doctoral Higher Education, Judson University Doctoral Faculty


7:30 AM
Breakfast and Plenary Session 2:
Quality and Integrity of Doctoral Programs, Anita Henck, Dean, School of Education, Azusa Pacific University

9:00 AM
Refreshment Break

9:15 AM
Concurrent Sessions # 1

10:15 AM
Refreshment Break

10:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions #2

11:30 AM
Working Lunch: Table discussions by subject areas.

1:00 PM
Plenary Session #3: Equipping for Doctoral Student Advising, Lipscomb University Doctor of Education Faculty

2:00 PM
Interactive table discussions/workshop ideas/demonstrations/vignettes

3:15 PM
Refreshment Break

3:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions #3

4:30 PM

4:45 PM
Plenary Session #4:
Financial Challenges for Doctoral Students: Graduate School Loan Funding, Community Christian Credit Union

6:00 PM
Dinner and Networking


7:30 AM
Breakfast and Plenary Session #5:
Survey Results of CCCU Doctoral Programs, Kevin Lawson, Senior Affiliate Professor of Education Studies Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

9:00 AM

9:15 AM
Concurrent Session #4

10:15 AM             |
Refreshment Break

10:30 AM
Concurrent Session #5

11:30 AM
The Future of CCCU Doctoral Programs, Council, & Forums

Local Accommodations

There will not be a shuttle service provided.

Please contact any of the following hotels. All facilities are within 3 miles of campus and provide discounted rates.
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Comfort Suites Holiday Inn

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Judson Rate: King or Two Queen Standard $104 plus tax

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Hampton Inn


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Judson Rate: $94 plus tax

Country Inn & Suites


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Judson Rate: King or Two Queen Standard $89 plus tax



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Midway Airport
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70 minute drive without tolls.
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Daily high temperatures decrease by 13°F, from 68°F to 55°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 80°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 49°F to 38°F, rarely falling below 27°F or exceeding 60°F.

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Testing/Vaccination Policy

The CCCU is constantly monitoring CDC guidelines. We are living in a new reality, and we think we can navigate that reality together.

Currently, the CCCU is requesting that attendees at the Institute be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test 1-3 business days prior to arrival. This policy is subject to change. An individual can be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a 2-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).



Serving in Crisis: Leading, Self-Care and Spiritual Connection

Date: March 31, 2022
Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm EDT
Cost: NO FEE

Feeling overwhelmed and fatigued? Over the last two years we have all experienced crisis and uncertainty related to the ongoing effects of COVID 19. Doctoral program directors and faculty in CCCU schools are not immune to the crisis. Join us on March 31, 2022, at 3:00 EST for a 90-minute webinar titled Serving in Crisis. Presentations and breakout discussion groups will provide encouragement and support for doctoral program directors and faculty.

Webinar Team

Kristopher Barnett, Associate Dean of the Clamp Divinity School; Director of the Doctor of Ministry program; and Associate Professor of Christian Ministry, Anderson University, SC.

Leihua Edstrom, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology, Northwest University, WA.

Anita Henck, Dean and Professor, School of Education
Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education
Azusa Pacific University, CA

Serving in Crisis: Leading, Self-Care and Spiritual Connection

Doctoral Education in the CCCU - STATS


This past year, the editors of the Christian Higher Education journal approached us about developing a Special Issue on “Doctoral Education Issues and Practice in Christian Higher Education.” Ben Pyykkonen and I served as the co-guest editors, and we recruited presenters from the last two forums to develop articles for this special issue. This issue just came out in February (Vol. 20, Nos. 1-2). It contains articles addressing issues such as:
• The status of doctoral programs in CCCU schools
• Building community-experience in an online doctoral program
• Impact of stress on doctoral students and ways program leaders can respond to help
• Quality assurance practices with doctoral capstone products (dissertations, etc.)
• Mentoring online doctoral students through their dissertations
• Alternative models/approaches for comprehensive examinations
• Addressing religious diversity needs in Christian doctoral programs

In addition, we have included an annotated bibliography of resources on doctoral education, bothT here in the U.S. and internationally. You can read more about the issue by clicking here.

The publishers of the Christian Higher Education journal (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group) have generously made the articles of this special issue available free online through the end of March.  Click here to learn more. Access them as well, at the Taylor & Francis Website before April 1st:


Reviews of publications, software, and websites, as well as examples of manuals, exams, portfolios, and dissertation/project guidelines you use at your institution, can all be beneficial to your colleagues in doctoral education. As you identify resources that you have found helpful for your work with your doctoral education efforts, and as you develop materials you think may be helpful for others to see, please submit them for review and posting in one or more of the categories identified below by completing the Resource Submission Form below. Feel free to contactTrace Hebert,, with questions about possible items to post.

Areas of interest:

  • General Resources on Doctoral Education
  • Resources on Research Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)
  • Resources on Professional Doctoral Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Education/Educational Leadership (K-12 and Higher Education) (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
  • Law (J.D.)
  • Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Other Doctoral Programs

Annotated Bibliography of Resources on Doctoral Education

The Annotated Bibliography on Dual or Joint degrees and International Research Collaborations

The Journal of Applied Social Science Research and Practice is an online, peer-reviewed journal designed to promote the dissemination of social science research to inform professional practice in the social sciences. The Journal is published once each year and is housed in the College of Education at Southeastern University, a faith-based university. The journal publishes original scholarship that contributes to the advancement of the social sciences. The editors are especially interested in publications that inform a Christian worldview.

Resource Guide
Free public PDF download sources to retrieve helpful resource information.
Bible series resources for support of nursing students while enrolled in nursing programs


Submissions are accepted year-round for fall/winter publication annually. Currently, the issues are not themed. Authors can submit any time and will be notified of acceptance or rejection within 4 weeks of their submission.



One of the Doctoral Council’s major goals is to promote interaction and collaboration among CCCU institutions in the development and support of doctoral education.  Toward this end, we will be striving to:

  1. Keep and update proNewgrammatic data on doctoral programs offered by CCCU institutions.
  2. Sponsor and promote biennial forums for doctoral program directors, faculty, and other administrators desiring to develop and maintain strong doctoral education efforts at their schools.  Other events for new doctoral program directors will also be offered as opportunities arise.
  3. Collect and provide helpful resources for doctoral program directors and faculty, including examples of how CCCU institutions  address different aspects of their programs (e.g., coursework, candidacy exams, portfolios, dissertation/project design and supervision, program assessment).

Use these links to learn more about these initiatives and join us as we seek to support strong doctoral education in CCCU institutions.

We will make a database of Doctoral Programs available in the coming months.  If you would like your programs included, along with your contact information (not necessary but preferred), please complete the form below.

Posted Jan 21, 2019

Introducing the Council

In September 2015, the first CCCU doctoral education forum – developed by a grassroots group of doctoral program directors –  was held at Azusa Pacific University with the title, “Doctoral Programs in the CCCU: Conversation and Collaboration.” Those who attended expressed strong support for seeing this kind of interaction continue, both through future forums and resource sharing.  This led to the establishment of the CCCU Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education.

Since its formation in 2016, the Doctoral Council has sponsored a forum in the fall of 2017 and 2019 for doctoral program directors, administrators, and faculty, which drew together over 100 attendees. Our next gathering will take place in the fall of 2022.  Other initiatives in process include webinars, the development of a “white paper” on the purpose, role, and support of doctoral education in Christian higher education institutions, as well as this website portal to provide information and share helpful resources with doctoral personnel at CCCU institutions.

Council Members Include:

Kris Barnett, Anderson University

Heewon Chang, Eastern University

Alicia Crumpton, Johnson University

Leihua Edstrom, George Fox University

Trace Hebert, Lipscomb University, Chair

Anita Henck, Azusa Pacific University

Kevin Lawson, Biola University, ex officio

Ben Pyykkonen, Wheaton College

Stan Rosenburg, Vice President for Research, CCCU

Jeff Clawson, CCCU Representative