Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


dissertation chair practices, dissertation, research mentorship, dissertation committee

Subject Area

Counselor Education


Students frequently attribute completion of their dissertation to having a successful dissertation chair. Yet, a successful dissertation chair has primarily been defined from the student viewpoint. Through the process of a Delphi study, a panel of dissertation chair experts in counselor education conceded on 37 items that contributed to their success. These items included a combination of instrumental and relational aspects of working with doctoral students on their dissertation. Implications for dissertation chairs to navigate self, others, and the structure are explored.





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