Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education Resource Portal


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. Based on the program’s success, future gatherings will be held biennially, with the next one to take place in the fall of 2021. Other initiatives in process include 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.



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 programmatic 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

2019 Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education Forum

Capacity Building for Doctoral Programs in Christian Higher Education
Sept. 19 – 21, 2019
Dallas Baptist University | 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX

This event is an interactive forum on issues of doctoral education development and support, promoting increased excellence in doctoral education at CCCU schools for all doctoral program directors, faculty, and administrators.  For more information, visit the information provided below.

2019 CCCU Doctoral Forum Flyer


Sept. 19 – 21, 2019
Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX

The CCCU invites doctoral program directors, faculty, and administrators from member and affiliate schools to join us for our third biennial Doctoral Education Collaboration Forum.

This event is an interactive forum on issues of doctoral education development and support, promoting increased excellence in doctoral education at CCCU schools for all member and affiliate doctoral program directors, faculty, and administrators.

Today, 74 CCCU institutions offer at least one doctoral program, including Ph.D. programs, Ed.D. programs, D.Min. programs, and other professional doctoral programs—a significant growth over the last 20 years. The addition of these programs has created new challenges and opportunities for these institutions, most of which began as undergraduate liberal arts colleges.

Many doctoral program directors and faculty are active in the professional organizations of their discipline but have no opportunity to talk with and learn from other doctoral program leaders from like-minded Christian higher education institutions.

To remedy this, a group of CCCU doctoral program directors launched an inaugural forum for their peers, held in 2015 at Azusa Pacific University. Thanks to the success of that event, the CCCU formed the Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education.

Please complete the Database to Receive Information on Events and Resources form below to receive registration information.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pre-Forum Session

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Doctoral Program Director Bootcamp

Kevin E. Lawson, Professor of Educational Studies Editor, Christian Education Journal, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, CA

Ben Pyykkonen, Psychology Doctoral Program Director, Associate Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College, IL

Cost: $50.00
You can add this session when you register for the Doctoral Forum beginning the evening of Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Capacity Building for Doctoral Programs in Christian Higher Education

Afternoon: Registration


  • Dinner and Plenary I
    “Supporting doctoral programs, faculty, and students: Results of the CCCU 2018 Survey”
    Laurie Schreiner, Azusa Pacific University
    Kevin Lawson, Biola University
  • Table Discussions
  • Informal time with Refreshments

Friday, September 20, 2019


  • Plenary II
    Advocacy for doctoral education programs: Sharing a recently developed CCCU “White Paper on doctoral program development and support”
    Anita Henck, Azusa Pacific University
  • Breakout Sessions


  • Breakout Sessions
  • Doctoral Program Networking Gathering


  • Dinner and Plenary III
    “Developing quality standards for doctoral dissertations and capstone projects”
    Cheryl Sparks and Heewon Chang, Eastern University
  • Table Discussion

Saturday, September 21, 2019


  • Interactive Feedback on the Forum
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Plenary Session IV
    Beyond doctoral program completion: Why the virtues of hope, hospitality and curiosity form better people and programs”
    Ben Ries, Abilene Christian University



Pre-Forum Session – $50
Early-Bird: Ends July 12 – $165
Regular:  July 12 – Aug 31 – $190
Late-Fee: Sep 1 – 13 – $210

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

There are no events to report at this time.


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 contact Kevin Lawson,, 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

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Resource Guide
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