Reflections from Dr. Rita Hartman: CEITR research team leader

Reflections from Dr. Rita Hartman: CEITR research team leader


Reflections from Dr. Rita Hartman: CEITR research team leader:

I have been very fortunate to collaborate with an outstanding group of faculty researchers during my time in the CEITR hub.  Team members brought diligence, perseverance, and depth of knowledge to the team efforts, all five of the research teams were able to successfully complete their research project and complete a manuscript for submission.  Four of the five articles are published and the fifth is under review. 


I would like to send some special thanks to the authors of the latest two articles now in print, one as a chapter in an edited book and as an article in a journal.


First, a special “shout out” to Cheryl Burleigh and James Lane who collaborated with me on researching and writing, “School Leaders’ Reflective Blogs Inspire Systemic Change.  We submitted the article to a journal, and the editor asked if we would mind if the article was included as a chapter in an edited book that was being developed.  We didn’t have to think twice about that offer!   



Five school leaders who took part in the Shadow a Student Challenge Project discovered the potential for meaningful and long-lasting change when a school culture is founded in awareness, relationships, and change.  Leader empathy for student experiences inspired hacks (small innovations) generating a positive cultural shift within each school environment. Researchers used a narrative inquiry approach to understand and portray the leaders’ stories as shared in their reflections.  Blogging was an integral aspect of the leadership experience and provided feedback and support within an international community of practice.



Hartman, R. J., Burleigh, C., & Lane, J. (2019).  School Leaders’ Reflective Blogs Inspire Systemic Change.  In H. Tran, D. A. Smith, & D. G. Buckman (Eds.), Stakeholder Engagement: Improving Education through Multi-Level Community Relations (59-76).  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


I would also like to send a “shout out” to Danielle Kearns-Sixsmith, Patricia Akojie, and Christa Banton who collaborated with me on researching and writing, “Adjunct Faculty Perceptions of Participation in Online Collaborative Research Teams.”  This was a project that was definitely dear to our hears. 



Career professionals who serve as adjunct faculty at the university level are expected to engage in continual research and publishing to maintain their status as adjunct (part-time) faculty, to be considered for potential advancement, and to qualify for additional compensation.  One way of meeting this objective is to participate in online collaborative research projects benefiting from a set of multiple lenses, multiple insights, and a multitude of considerations in regard to design, methodology, data interpretations, and broader reaching implications.  A narrative inquiry approach was applied to gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences of adjunct faculty working in online collaborative research teams. Data was gathered through phone interviews where adjunct faculty shared their personal experiences and reflections about working as collaborative researchers in an online environment. Using an inductive process, themes were drawn from the responses of the participants to address the research question. The dominant themes found were organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and personal growth and development. The results of the study led to recommendations for supporting adjunct faculty in online collaborative research for building a sense of scholarly community and expanding opportunities for personal and professional growth.



Rita Hartman, Danielle Kearns-Sixsmith, Patricia Akojie, & Christa Banton. (2019). Adjunct Faculty Perceptions of Participation in Online Collaborative Research Teams. Higher Learning Research Communications, (2).


In closing, I want to add the CEITR research hub experience was an important learning activity for both technical and collaborative skills. I enjoyed the time spent in building a collaborative community with so many positive outcomes and achievements.  I want to thank all the team members, Dr. Elizabeth Johnston  and Dr. Mansureh Kebrtichi who contributed so much to the process.


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