In this program, an experienced doctoral student (the mentor) provides social support to an incoming student (the mentee) during the beginning stages of the doctoral program. Mentors will connect with their mentees via e-mail and Skype to provide advice, insider tips, and guidance for student success and development. The mentor/mentee relationship will continue until the mentee successfully attends first residency or completes three terms, whichever comes first.
Would you like to be matched with a doctoral peer mentor? Please click on the "Request a Mentor" button to complete a short mentor match request form. Our DPM Coordinator will connect you with a peer mentor.
The Doctoral Peer Mentor program’s goal is to help incoming doctoral students establish social connections, adapt to their new identities as scholar-practitioners, and succeed in the first few terms of their doctoral journey.
During your participation in the Doctoral Peer Mentor program, your mentor will lead you through the 8 Savvy Steps to Success. This program is designed to support you as a new student during your first term. Each step is designed to expand your awareness of the academic and student support available to you as a Walden doctoral student. The 8 Savvy Steps to Success are listed below. Your mentor will provide more details.
Making the Most of Your First Residency, by Deanna Deaton
Balancing Doctoral Life During the Holidays, by Val Krage
Adjusting to Life as a Doctoral Student, by Val Krage