Faculty Scholarship and Mentorship

Faculty Scholarship and Mentorship

This article was originally featured in the Phoenix Campus Faculty Newsletter for Spring 2015.

Making the decision to create a scholarship poster for the annual University of Phoenix Research Symposium can be an exciting but challenging endeavor. Participants need not make the journey alone. Mentors are available to help faculty navigate the scholarship poster process. The Scholarship Committee Editorial Board (SCEB) has created the Mentorship Committee in an effort to meet the mentoring needs of the faculty. Phyllis Carbonaro, vice-chair, and Lily Davidov, assistant vice-chair, work together to ensure faculty are provided support and guidance during the scholarship poster process. The committee goal is to provide resources and support to faculty scholars throughout their journey.

The path to presenting a poster at the annual research symposium has been clearly defined. First, the faculty member identifies a topic and crafts an abstract explaining the purpose and direction of the research. The faculty member submits the abstract to the SCEB which approves, asks for modifications, or denies the abstract submission. After approval, the faculty member creates a poster and displays it at the symposium. Mentoring can take place at any point during this process. Prior to identifying a topic, faculty members may wish to discuss their topic ideas with a mentor. During the approval process, Phyllis and Lily are available to answer questions, guide faculty, and provide support. After an abstract has been approved, mentoring may take the form of directing faculty to appropriate resources such as workshops, poster templates, and printing options.

Attending a FS Getting Started workshop is the perfect starting point for the scholarship journey. Participants can learn about scholarship and the various resources available at University of Phoenix. Faculty can request a mentor at any of the scholarship workshops, but the FS Getting Started workshop is often the best place to begin. The FS Library Skills for Research provides valuable information about databases and using the library. This is another point where faculty may find they need more support and desire a mentor. The Mentoring Committee can help faculty at any point during the process. Mentoring may be a one-time discussion or it can be an ongoing dialogue based on the needs of the mentee. Mentoring is driven by mentees as the committee helps faculty move towards successfully completing their posters.

As instructors in higher education, we are involved in scholarship on a daily basis. Think about what you do and how it can be translated into one of the four scholarship domains identified by Boyer: discovery, integration, teaching, and application. Phyllis and Lily can help you move your abstract concepts to a concrete product. We would love to hear your scholarship ideas and chat about your plans for scholarship in the future.

Phyllis Carbonaro is the area chair for Adult Education and Training in the College of Education. She can be reached at pcarbo@email.phoenix.edu.

The contact information for Dr. Lily Davidov, College of Humanities and Sciences, is lmavashe@email.phoenix.edu.

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