The relationship between doctoral students and their chairpersons has been linked to students’ successful completion of their dissertations and programs of study. When students fail to complete their degrees, there is a rise in attrition rates, and both programs and students suffer. The current study, based on a survey developed by the first author, was based on previous literature and themes generalized from a qualitative pilot study of recent counseling doctoral graduates regarding the selection of a dissertation chairperson. The purpose of this study was to examine factors used by students to select their chairperson and behaviors exhibited by chairpersons as predictors of overall student satisfaction with their dissertation chairperson. One-hundred thirty-three counselor education doctoral students participated in this study. Results suggest that specific selection criteria and chairperson behavior components significantly predict counseling doctoral students’ overall satisfaction with their dissertation chairpersons.
The Professional Counselor
National Board for Certified Counselors
Neale-McFall, C., & Ward, C. A. (2015). Factors Contributing to Counselor Education Doctoral Students’ Satisfaction with Their Dissertation Chairperson. The Professional Counselor, 5(1), 185-194. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/counsed_facpub/2