CDS Alumni Collaborative Projects Overview

The purpose of CDS Alumni Collaborative Projects is to:

  • Develop collaboration among the alumni with various research skills;
  • Investigate CDS alumni and student issues and challenges; and
  • Publish and present project results in a peer-reviewed venue.

CDS Alumni SIG established CDS Alumni Collaborative Projects in 2018. Every year four research team projects are supported by Alumni SIG to be completed, presented, and submitted for peer reviewed journal publication by the end of the year. All research members are CDS doctoral alumni. Between 2018 and 2019, eight research team projects have been completed; four additional team projects are in progress in 2020.   

CDS Alumni Collaborative Projects are established and supported by Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, Chair of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology (CEITR) and leader of CDS Alumni SIG. Additionally, Dr. Louise Underdahl, co-leader of CDS Alumni SIG, supports the projects.       

CDS Alumni Collaborative Fellowship Projects are offered in four research topics.  While the last topic is open, the goal of these projects is to focus on and elucidate the professional and scholarship experiences and development of doctoral alumni and, the third specifically focuses on experiences as a doctoral student at the University of Phoenix.

  • CDS alumni professional/career development needs/issues/challenges (mixed methods or quantitative)
  • CDS alumni scholarly development needs/issues/challenges (mixed methods or quantitative)
  • CDS doctoral student needs, experiences, and issues (mixed methods or quantitative study)
  • Open topic aligned with the applicant’s research interest (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods) - potential topics include ramifications of COVID-19 for education (virtual K-12 and higher education environment), business (work from home), and healthcare (telemedicine, virtual patient care).

Each CDS Alumni Collaborative Fellowship Project team comprises a team leader/fellow and 2 other team members. Fellows will be alumni researchers with a track record of at least 2 peer reviewed publications within the last 5 years who would be willing to mentor and work with other 2 alumni researchers to develop and complete the projects. The team members will enhance their research skills by working closely with a more experienced researcher while the team leaders/fellows will gain mentoring experience.  For the next step, teams will seek funding opportunities for their topic and consider proposal submission.

Fellowship Requirements. Each research team must complete the study, present, and publish. Data collected belong to all members of the team. No individual member or members of the team may use team data to publish or present independently. The major project stages include

  • IRB approval;
  • Presentation at a peer-reviewed conference; 
  • Manuscript submission to a peer-reviewed journal;
  • Manuscript acceptance for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

To be considered, please send the following items to

  • Your CV
  • Specify whether you apply for fellow/team leader or team member position. Provide justification for why you are a best suited candidate.
  • For fellow/team leader position provide one-page summary of the research prospectus for one of the above four topics (i.e., research problem, question(s), method). You may suggest your team members.
  • For team member position state your research topic selected from one of the above four topics

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