Faculty Questions About Research Centers and Engaging in Scholarship

Faculty Questions About Research Centers and Engaging in Scholarship

In May, Central Florida’s UOPX campus recently held a General Faculty Meeting for online and ground faculty members that live in the “footprint” of the campus. The half-day agenda provided an opportunity for Dr. James Lane, Associate Research Chair for the Center for Professional Responsibility in Education and Dr. David Proudfoot, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research to provide a brief introduction about the Research Hub and share practical ways that faculty can engage in scholarship by joining a research center. Since time for the presentation was limited on the agenda to ten minutes, faculty had an opportunity to ask questions on paper and submit at the conclusion of the presentation. Questions and responses are highlighted in order to help spread the great news about what the Research Hub can offer to faculty members. Faculty across the country are encouraged to join a research center and begin networking with fellow researchers in their field and gain access to an experienced Research Chair and Research Fellows. For additional questions, please visit the Research Hub at https://research.phoenix.edu/ and review the various University Research Centers, Campus-Based Scholarship, and Special Interest Groups. 

Questions and Responses from the Central Florida General Faculty Meeting, May 2017

How can I start in publishing my dissertation?

On the Research Hub, in the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research, you can find information about the Dissertation to Publication programs. These programs are designed to help you publish your completed doctoral dissertations. Doctoral alumni, committee chairs, and committee members work together as co-authors to prepare the journal manuscripts with the center’s support. There are two types of programs and you may select to participate in one of these programs depending on your skills and needs. One program is an Individual Support program which is designed for the participants who are self-disciplined, well informed about how to write a manuscript, and prefer to develop the manuscript based on their own pace. The other program is the Dissertation to Publication workshop which is appropriate for novice authors who are interested in learning about how to write a journal manuscript and need structure and timelines to complete/submit their papers to the journals.  You can learn more about both workshops within the Dissertation to Publication program at this link: https://research.phoenix.edu/content/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/dissertation-publication

How can I join a research organization in psychology?

Currently, the Center for Behavioral Health Research chaired by Ellen Daroszewski is available to join on the research hub. The link to the center is: https://research.phoenix.edu/research-centers/center-behavioral-health-research

This particular Center serves as the departmental home for faculty and students who have an expressed interest or have a research agenda in sectors of behavioral health research across the lifespan. This includes those interested in pursuing research interests that pertain to (i) global obesity (ii) diet and exercise, (iii) health education, (iv) healthcare, (v) wellness, (vi) public health policy, and (vii) mental health.

Interested in Diversity and Leadership as well as Education for individuals with Autism or Learning Disabilities. 

There are several centers that can assist in filling this interest.

  1. The Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (https://research.phoenix.edu/research-centers/center-workplace-diversity-research). This center serves as the departmental home for faculty and students who have an expressed interest or have an existing research agenda in the topics of workplace diversity and inclusion. As the field of diversity and inclusion research encompasses a broad range of possible research topics, the Center brings together scholars across various disciplines to support existing research agendas and generate new and innovative ideas for future research initiatives. 
  2. The Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research (https://research.phoenix.edu/research-centers/center-leadership-studies-and-educational-research) exists to inspire, support, and lead the professional development and extend the professional reach for University of Phoenix faculty, students, and alumni. 
  3. The Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR) (https://research.phoenix.edu/research-centers/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research) serves as the departmental home for faculty and students who have an expressed interest or research agenda associated with a variety of topics related to promoting quality of teaching and learning process by using technology-based tools, learning theories, or instructional strategies in K-12, higher education, and corporate settings within online or face-to-face formats. Education for individuals with Autism or Learning Disabilities can relate to topics that promote the quality of the teaching and learning process for all students. In addition, the use of assistive technology, supplementary aids, or instructional strategies that involve technology for this subgroup of students could be possible topics of relation to this center. CEITR also relates to to interests in issues and challenges related to online teaching and learning; and global trends and issues in education.

Are we doing any research on virtual reality in the classroom (K-12)?

Thank you for asking about virtual reality in K-12 projects. This topic would best fit within the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research. Here is a link to the labs within this research center and potential area/topics for projects: https://research.phoenix.edu/content/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/research-labs-and-communities Virtual reality can fit into several areas. We would be interested in talking with you more about how the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research can get a project up and running in this area if faculty have ideas or access to data sources. 

How to find peer review opportunities?

In terms of obtaining peer-review opportunities, Research Hub members have received invitations from the professional organizations that they are associated or members. When joining an organization, tell them about your interest in being a peer-reviewer and they should email you invitations from time to time. Some of the Research Hub members have been successful with this way as well as identifying themselves as a potential peer-reviewer when submitting presentations for conferences. Some organizations have a question on their submission or registration form for the conference asking if you are willing to serve as a peer-reviewer. 

Another way is to actually contact an editor to offer up your peer review services. This approach is usually most successful when you have some sort of publication record, but is still an option if you don’t. Editors are always looking to expand their base of reviewers, and may be just as happy to send a manuscript to you to get the review done. You can find more about peer-review by visiting the Research Hub at  www.research.phoenix.edu

Do other hubs offer dissertation to publication?

The Dissertation to Publication workshop is for all fields. Although members in the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research is taking the lead on facilitating the workshop, participants are from various research centers within the Research Hub. Dissertation topics are across the board ranging from education, to health, to IT, Business, etc. Prior to the start of the workshop, participants are matched with a reviewer that has some knowledge/experience in the topic or field.