CEITR March Newsletter

CEITR March Newsletter

CEITR Faculty and Alumni newsletter

In this short article, we highlight some of the achievements and successes of our faculty in an effort to make appreciation more of a continuing condition rather than an event.  Remember the newsletter presents a brief version of the news; click on the link to read further details in the Research Hub news center. Our intention was and is to recognize the pivotal role that faculty members play in the success of College of Doctoral Studies (CDS) students and ultimately the larger university community.  A second purpose is to strengthen our research community.  To that effect, we are adding some updates about some of the CEITR center groups.  We are also adding a new section that celebrates our alumni.  And now for the news!

Updates on CEITR center groups

Dissertation to Publication  (D2P)

The D2P Spring, 2019 workshop is now well underway with just two more meetings of the entire group.  A call for participation in the fall, 2019 D2P workshop will go out later this year but interested graduates or near to graduation may apply now.  University of Phoenix affiliates, including faculty, staff, graduated doctoral students, and doctoral students close to graduation, who are interested in publishing their doctoral dissertations (in all disciplines) are encouraged to participate. Dissertation chairs/committee members may participate with their doctoral students. Spring 2019 Workshop Meeting Dates are:, March 27, 2019; Submission to the target journals: April 17, 2019. https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/dissertation-publication-workshop-fall-2018

The Alumni SIG brings in successful SAS alumni to talk informally about their experiences as doctoral students and graduates. Visit this page to see more about the achievements and celebrations of our CDS graduates and for more information about the program.  https://research.phoenix.edu/content/alumni

Research Methodology Group (RMG) The RMG provides materials, webinars, and links to articles or other resources.  Every month, new topics are presented for discussion.  Click on the URL for the schedule: https://research.phoenix.edu/content/research-methodology-group/research-method-webinars

Upcoming events are: March 28,2019: Dr. Michelle Hill-Descriptive Causal Comparative Design April 4, 2019: Dr. Phil Davidson-The “Expert” and validity of the Delphi Technique April 18th, 2019: Dr. Ryan Rominger-Mixed Methods


Faculty Scholarship of Discovery-Publications


Dr. Patricia Steele, Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, Dr. Andrew Lawlor, Dr. Cassandra Smith, and Sonja Lamppa published an article on educational possibilities in virtual reality applications.  Steele, Johnston, and Lawlor are faculty members in the School of Doctoral Studies (SDS), Smith is a SDS graduate, and Lamppa teaches in the College of Education.


In the 21st century, easy access to visually rich, immersive, student-centered, virtual applications could augment or replace text-based learning. However, the new developments are offset by the lack of insight into pedagogies needed to guide educators through a visual learning environment. The purpose of this directed content analysis was to provide an awareness about opportunities for learning cognitive and creative thinking skills in virtual applications. Analysis showed opportunities to develop one or more skills in 34 selected virtual educational apps. Educators in many subjects could apply insights from the conclusions and recommendations for using virtual applications within established curricula.


Steele, P., Johnston, E., Lawlor, A., Smith, C., & Lamppa, S. (2019). Arts-Based Instructional and Curricular Strategies for Working With Virtual Educational Applications. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 47(3), 411–432. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047239518803286



SDS faculty member, Dr. Steven Watkins has published an article on artificial intelligence in the Symposium section of the December, 2018 Journal of Leadership Studies. As the century moves forward, artificial intelligence (AI) will exert a tremendous impact on human life, particularly in the field of education. Butler-Adam (2018) noted that the presence of AI could be “extensive”—both regarding what universities can (or should) contribute to the advance of AI and its applications and how curricula and learning will need to change. Stevenson (2018) shared that AI did not start in the 1940s with individuals such as Alan Turing, but goes all the way back to the late 18th century in Paris. Now, computer-assisted courses with computer tutoring labs and programs are aiding in education, with AI potential offered as a teaching substitute or as an integral part of educational leadership. What issues might arise that influence, hinder, or forward the use of AI in educational leadership?


Watkins, S. (2018). Artificial intelligence: A boon or a bane for educational leaders in educational research. Journal of leadership studies,(12) 3, pp 74-75. © 2018 University of Phoenix. DOI:10.1002/jls.21601



SDS faculty members, Dr. Rita J. Hartman, Dr. Jim Lane, and Dr. Cheryl Burleigh have successfully concluded a research study and produced a manuscript titled, "School Leaders' Reflective Blogs Inspire Systemic Change: A Narrative Inquiry," The article has been accepted as a chapter in the upcoming book, “Improving education through multi-level community relations and engagement.” 



SDS faculty member Rita J. Hartman, and alumni Dr. Mary Townsend, and Dr. Marlo Jackson have submitted their research article, "Educators’ Perceptions of Technology Integration into the Classroom:  A Descriptive Case Study," to the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching and Learning.  Members of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology who transitioned from a traditional learning environment to a learning environment integrating technology shared reflections on their experiences during the change process.  




Scholarship of Application

Dr. Marilyn Simon, School of Doctoral Studies faculty member has been working with educators in American Samoa (AS) to help improve the educational system there.  Dr. Simon conducted seminars in Action Research and in Mathematics Education. Simon is working with 10 teachers/administrators that have received grants to conduct Action Research to improve classroom praxis.  Simon has been to AS twice this year, and will be returning in a few months.  Funds are made available through the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA).  Funds are awarded once OIA receives appropriations from the U.S. Congress until they are exhausted. 



Scholarship of Discovery-Presentations -Faculty


Two CEITR teams will present at the TLT 2019:Teaching and Learning Technology Conference at the Missouri University of Science & Technology on March 14, 2019.  The theme of the 2019 conference is Assessments. The teams were formed through the ResearchHUB under the leadership of Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi; one team has been presenting and publishing together since 2016 and the other is a brand new team that came together in October 2018.


Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill is the team leader for one of the Diversity Teams in the CEITR Hub.  The title of their presentation is Its not Beethoven anymore:  Opening new territories for assessments by integrating music.  The team members presenting with Dr. Hill will be Dr. Jennifer Calito and Dr. Shanel Harris.  The contributing members are:  Dr. Jennifer Calito, Dr.Fortune Taylor, Dr. Shanel Harris, Dr. Jacques Alexander, and Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill.

While submitting her current team’s proposal, Dr. Hill brought the call for proposals to her long-term team of researchers (they call themselves the Dream Team!), who also decided to submit for another presentation and were accepted.  Team members, Dr. Karen Johnson, Dr. Medgar Roberts, Dr. Mary “Mimi” Stout, Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill, and Dr. Lisa Wells will present “Cell Phones for Assessment: Not a Classroom Distraction.” In this presentation, the team will share their experiences of student use of a cell phones in the classroom, the recent literature on the topic, and demonstrations of cell phone applications that can be used for formative assessments.





CEITR researchers Robert Sparks and Dr. Hildegarde Selig have submitted a proposal to AECT, 2019. Sparks is a faculty member with the UOP School of Education online and plans to apply some of the research based insights in his practice as an educator. Sparks and Selig are also working on an article for publication, which is foreshadowed in the presentation. The title of the presentation is: The Importance of the Faculty-Student Connection: The Impact of Immediacy on the Quantity and Quality of Online Student Course Evaluations.



Dr. Cheryl Burleigh and Dr. Rhonda Gregg present research on ethics and education in Hawaii, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia and Sacramento, California.  



Scholarship of Discovery-Presentations –alumni


UOP Alumni Dr. Imani Akin and Dr. Matasha MurrellJones presented December 5, 2018, 12:00 p.m. at the International conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education held at the University of Sydney. The presentation focus was about their UOP Alumni Fellow research project:  Exploring the Beliefs and Professional Experiences Impacting the Building of Scholarship for Doctoral Degree Graduates



Additionally, Dr. Imani Akin responded to the request to develop and present a symposium and recruited a colleague and professor emeritus as well as one of her doctoral candidates to participate. Their symposium was accepted, and the four of them presented December 5, at 10:30 a.m.

The title of the symposium: Developing the Student-to-Scholar for Research to Influence Real World Change, addressed the journey of student-to-scholar that occurs in multiple disciplines and phases.



Alumni news including publications and presentations

UOP alumni, Dr. Cheryl McAuley, a participant in the fall D2P workshop, has published a book about her experiences traveling in Africa, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and meeting a young woman she and her husband had sponsored for many years. Will they make it to the Roof of Africa? Their inspirational travelogue began with a planned meeting with their sponsored child, Beatrice, a young teenager they’d written to for nine years. Share in their six-day trek in Tanzania, Africa on the Rongai Route with two dozen other Compassion Sponsors.

McAuley, C. (2019). Asante Sana (Thank you Very Much!): Life Lessons from Kili. Columbia, SC: Kindle Direct Publishing.


UOP Alumni, Dr. Nola Veazie’s paper titled “Women’s Satisfaction and Job Roles” has been selected for publication in Vol. 9 issue 1 of the AAYAM : AKGIM Journal of Management.  Dr. Veazie developed this article during the fall, 2018 Dissertation to Publication workshop.


Social structure influences gender roles and stereotypes that encourage and model desired behaviors with the aim of internalizing these values. Formulaic gender-based characteristics guide men and women into stereotypically male and female congruent job roles based on communal and agentic characteristics associated with masculinity and femininity. Social role, role congruity and self-categorization theories guided this investigation. The current quantitative correlational study sought to investigate the extent to which self-reported job satisfaction subscales related to stereotypical job roles; the study used statistical analysis to determine if any significant relationship existed between stereotypical job roles and the perception of job satisfaction among women in the workplace. A sample of 113 women working in a California nonprofit organization tested the hypothesis in the present study and found no significant relationship between women’s perception of job satisfaction and stereotypical job roles. However, significant correlations were found between job satisfaction and fringe benefits, and pay.




Alumni Stories

UOP alumni, Dr. Burl Randolph shares his experience in Dissertation to Publications with mentor Dr. Kim Nesbitt.  An article, which was developed our of Dr. Ives’ dissertation will be published in the May/June 2019 edition of Global Business and Organizational Excellence (GBOE), and was selected as the Feature Article.  GBOE is published through Wiley Publishing, which maintains rigorous standards for publication. Dr. Randolph will also be the Featured Speaker at the CEITR monthly webinar on March 28, 2019.  His topic will be Staying Focused on Your Doctoral Journey.  (Check the Alumni special interest group (SIG) for details).



UOP Alumni (2016) Dr. Cheryl McAuley is also known as retired Lieutenant Colonel McAuley in the United States Army.  Retired since 2010, she recently celebrated her 65th birthday and three scholarly accomplishments about the same time.  Dr. McAuley authored a book, had an article developed in a Dissertation to Publication workshop accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal,  and was accepted as a presenter at Regent University’s Servant Leader Round Table in Virginia Beach. In May 2019.

Dr. Mcauley’s has some thoughts to share with others who are entering a new third age of life.  First, Every day is a gift.  Be available and open to new ideas that might be out of your comfort zone. There is more to do regardless of your personal situation.  Then, focusing on others in need may be why we are on this earth. Don’t waste opportunities when you could be making a difference in someone else’s life.





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