Editorial Board


Heather Hussey, Ph.D.
Northcentral University
Tara J. Lehan, Ph.D.
Northcentral University

Associate Editors

Bethany Fleck, Ph.D.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Rochelle Franklin, Ed.D.
American College of Education
Eva M. Mika, Ph.D.
Northcentral University

Keith Harman, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Baptist University
Joseph W. McNabb, Ph.D.
Northeastern University

Published semiannually, the Journal of Online Doctoral Education has a wide-ranging focus on issues relating to online graduate education with an emphasis on online doctoral education. The use of a double-blind peer-review process helps to ensure that the selection process is independent and solely merit-based, with the objective of identifying the best research in the field. The aim is to feature outstanding scholarly contributions from researchers around the world in various disciplines. By providing a forum for scholarly dialogue regarding the most important emerging issues, the mission is to advance knowledge of issues and inform best practices related to online doctoral education, specifically, and online graduate education, generally. 

To achieve this mission, much of the journal is devoted to the publication of original articles, including conceptual/theoretical papers, empirical research papers, and applied research papers. Integrative literature reviews that help to bridge the gap between basic science and practice will also be considered. The goal is to keep the journal relevant and useful to those who have a stake in online graduate education, including students, faculty members, administrators, practitioners, researchers, employers, and policymakers.

Specifically, this journal is an appropriate outlet for scholarly works on topics relating to online graduate and/or doctoral education, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Faculty member and/or student experiences
  • Student motivation and engagement
  • Retention and timely completion of degree requirements
  • Mentoring relationships
  • Faculty member and/or student socialization
  • Development of sense of community
  • Technology and delivery
  • Academic integrity issues
  • Curriculum development and innovation
  • Quality issues