Residency Portfolio Description

Residency traditionally required two consecutive semesters of full-time work (at least 9 hours per term) after being admitted to the doctoral program. As a program that serves primarily students who are fully employed professionals, the typical, traditional residency requirement is inappropriate to serve the need of the students. In light of the mission of the program, the residency requirements will be met in the following manner.

1. Continuous enrollment from admission to the program to graduation. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in two out of every three contiguous semester (summer, fall, spring).

2. Participation in doctoral seminars. The student is expected to attend every doctoral meeting; the inability to attend any seminar should be discussed with the student’s advisor or chair and reported to the doctoral coordinator.

3. Development of a portfolio of activities and experiences in the doctoral program, documenting participation in the following:

Scholarship – Each student must include at least one of the following activities:

a. Co-authoring a proposal for submission and co-presenting at a regional or national conference in collaboration with a faculty member.

b. Co-authoring and submitting for publication a manuscript to a peer reviewed/refereed journal, a book, or a book chapter, in collaboration with a faculty member

Other professional/academic pursuits – Each student must include at least two of the following activities:

a. Co-teaching a course with a faculty member

b. Serving an appropriate internship involving an outside mentor and a mentor on the LS faculty

c. Developing a course in collaboration with a faculty member

d. Collaborating with a faculty member in another activity, approved in advance by the student’s committee

Planning the Residency Portfolio

The residency requires the development of a portfolio of activities and experiences in the doctoral program that documents collaboration with faculty. The presentation and defense of the portfolio is a part of the student’s qualifying assessment.

The student should engage in planning the portfolio with the chair and committee members as the program is being planned. The format of the portfolio will be determined by the student and the committee. The contents, however, should reflect the experiences that the student has had as a result of the choices made to satisfy this requirement. A general format for the plan is available from the link at the left.

At the time the student and committee meet to discuss the Program of Study, the plan for accomplishing the residency should also be discussed. The documentation of these plans is not necessary for the Program of Study, but a prospective plan should be kept on file by the student, the committee chair and in the ODPE.

The portfolio plan should include:

• The rationale or theme used in making the selections

• How the student will meet the requirement for scholarly collaboration

• How the student will meet the requirement for other academic pursuits

• The general format to be used for the portfolio

• An anticipated date for the presentation of the portfolio

In planning the portfolio, attention should be given to establishing connections with faculty other than the chair, and even outside the committee where appropriate. The progress made by the student in the activities in the portfolio should be a topic of discussion during the student’s annual reviews. Additionally, a journal of thoughts regarding experiences in the doctoral program would be beneficial in preparing the final presentation of the portfolio. (The concept of a Learning Journal will be introduced in LS 719 as a method of capturing thoughts about issues and theories, and as a vehicle for discussions with the chair or advisor.)

Prior to the qualifying assessment, the student will prepare a brief paper (10-15 pages) in which he or she will discuss the connections between the experiences in the doctoral program and the resulting professional growth and development. This paper should demonstrate a depth of understanding of the mission and goals of the doctoral program. The presentation of this paper and the portfolio will be a significant portion of the qualifying assessment.