EDITORS′ NOTES 1James P. Pappas, Jerry Jerman
1. The Emergence of the Nontraditional Doctorate: A Historical Overview 7Douglas ArchbaldThe author provides an overview of the emergence of the nontraditional doctoral degree in the context of the traditional doctorate and how these two approaches are markedly different and considers the epistemological foundations of the nontraditional doctorate.
2. Profile of the Nontraditional Doctoral Degree Student 21Michael OffermanWhat are the characteristics of the nontraditional doctoral student and how do they contrast with traditional doctoral students? The author answers these questions and examines the implications of these characteristics for faculty and administrators in today′s institutions of higher education.
3. Faculty Concerns Related to Distance Learning Within Nontraditional Doctoral Programs 31H. Wells Singleton, Carmen L. SessionThe concerns of faculty related to nontraditional doctoral programs are regarded, especially in the broader context of distance delivery of coursework and programs.
4. Innovation in Doctoral Degrees Designed for Adult Learners: A Hybrid Model in Personal Financial Planning 43John E. GrableInnovation naturally plays an important role in nontraditional degree programs. This discussion is enhanced by drawing on the example of an innovative hybrid PhD program in personal financial planning.
5. The Development of a New Doctoral Degree Program to Serve an Adult Audience: Georgetown University 53Phyllis O′CallaghanAdministrators and faculty face sometimes frustrating challenges in creating new degree programs. These challenges are outlined through a description of the development and approval process of the Doctor of Liberal Studies offered at Georgetown University, the first doctorate in liberal studies in the nation.
6. PhD and EdD Degrees for Mid–Career Professionals: Fielding Graduate University 63Judith L. KuipersThe author examines one of the pioneering nontraditional doctorate institutions in the nation, Fielding Graduate University, and provides an insightful look at the development of PhD and EdD programs designed particularly for mid–career professionals.
7. Organizing the Faculty Around the Students: Walden University 75Paula E. Peinovich, Harold L. HodgkinsonAnother pioneering institution, Walden University, emerged from the 1960s to reflect that decade′s concerns with social activism and the institution′s subsequent commitment to learning as a transformative experience through its doctoral programs for mid–career professionals.
8. Delivering an Organizational Leadership PhD Program at a Distance: University of Oklahoma 85Joseph Lee Rodgers, T. H. Lee WilliamsThe authors describe the development and operation of the University of Oklahoma′s nontraditional PhD in organizational leadership, a unique program provided primarily to military personnel in Europe.
9. Topics for Current and Future Consideration 95James P. Pappas, Jerry JermanWhat are the challenges and opportunities for the nontraditional doctorate? The authors offer a number of key considerations about the current state and the future of this degree designed for adult learners.