Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

The latest blogs from all of our authors are compiled below. To search for specific topics, use the keyword search field below.

Postpartum Depression and the Working Woman

When the workforce is comprised of at least 52% women (US Department of Labor, 2015) and 78% of those women are of childbearing age (US Department of Labor, 2016), one would wonder how motherhood in the workplace is managing.

Presenting “Phoenix Strong”

Within diversity and inclusion, one of the greatest challenges within our society is being open to the differences of others.

Transgender Individuals in the Workplace - A Story (Part 1)

Not much research has been conducted on transgender individuals in the workplace, and since many corporate entities haven’t yet compiled specific policies and procedures for coming out, it’s important to gain a better understanding of how these individuals are helping to shape corporate policies and encouraging a broader definition of inclusivity.

Utilizing Virtual Research Teams for Innovation

Within the massive umbrella of literature addressing aspects of virtual teams in organizations and their effectiveness (or lack of), there is scant research that specifically addresses the existence and effectiveness of virtual research teams in university environments.

The Cat in the Hat and Embedded Racial Bias in Schools

Recently a school librarian gained national attention when she refused a gift of 10 books to her school on the premise that the books’ author has demonstrated racial bias against African Americans in several of his publications.

The Courage to Connect: Axial Coding in Grounded Theory and Current Stigma Research

I have been working on my current grounded theory (GT) study regarding the experience of stigma for 15 women diagnose

Digital Economy and the Sharing Economy: What do we know and what do we NOT know?

We have been in the digital economy for almost two decades now, but most of our businesses have yet to to grasp what digitization (i.e., a technical process) and digitalization (i.e., a socio-technological process of applying digitization techniques to broader social and institutional contexts that render digital technologies infrastructure) means.

A Visit to the Leuven Grand Beguinage - October 12, 2017

Dr. Lynne Devnew recounts her experiences at the Leuven Grand Beguinage.

1st Women and Leadership Transatlantic Dialogue Brussels, Belgium – October 11, 2017

Dr. Lynne Devnew talks about the transatlantic Women and Leadership dialogue.

The Scholar Practitioner Leader as a Communicator

Associate Dean of Instruction, Dr. Herman van Niekerk, discusses the importance of communications skills in the Scholar-Practitioner-Leader model.

Bullying: A Darkness Within American Schools

"Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children, youth, and young adults in U.S. society today. School safety, including the prevention of bullying, is a top national priority and a key area of academic research.” - Felice Levine, executive director of the American Educational Research Association.

Determining Rigor and Excellence Within Practitioner Publications

In the opening article, readers were encouraged not to overlook publication through practitioner outlets. Practitioner publications were described as those which are targeted toward individuals working in their respective field, include information meant to help in the daily practice of engaging in those fields, and which may include some citations, references, and peer-review but often not as many or to the extent of academic, scholarly periodicals. However, an appropriate next question is, “How do I determine the rigor and excellence of a practitioner publication?” 

Purpose of Social Media in Online Education

People in 1985 and later have never lived in a world without personal computers.  These are the students that have been described as “digital natives.”  Most faculty are what would call “digital immigrants.”  They have had to learn the use of personal computers and the internet as they went along.  As faculty, we are now faced with the challenge of how to cope with these digital natives.

Stories of an SPL Connector

As I wrote a recent post titled “Scholar-Practitioner-Leaders as Connectors,” I reflected on my current connector activities and thought you might enjoy hearing of them.

Hurricanes, Schools, and the Ethic of Community

Public schools and natural disasters, how we can improve shelters.

Natural Bedfellows: University of Phoenix Doctoral Programs Meeting the Call in Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s ‘The Responsive Ph.D.’

Doctoral education is increasingly adapting to modern cultural movements, which gives rise to questions of quality, purpose, and alignment of programs with current trends. Dr. Ryan Rominger, Associate University Research Chair, discusses how University of Phoenix meets the call to expand doctoral education beyond its traditionally viewed constraints. This article provides part 1 of a 2-part series exploring how UOPX aligns with the main themes found within The Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s report titled The Responsive Ph.D.

Keys to Writing Journal Articles for Successful Publication in the Scholarly Community

As researchers and scholars, an important aspect of scholarly life is to engage in writing and publication not only for professional development but also for the enhancement of faculty expertise to help students in their educational journeys. Yet when it comes to writing articles for peer-reviewed journals, many scholars seem to share similar questions not only how to begin the process but also what it takes to get published.

Response to ‘5 Reasons to Pursue a Practitioner Doctorate’

The practitioner doctorate has gained increasing focus over the past two decades.

The Scholar Practitioner Leader as a Connector

Senior Research Fellow Dr. Lynne Devnew explores how the Scholar-Practitioner-Leader leverages their skills and knowledge to break down silos to connect ideas and people.

Practitioner Publications: What Are They and Why Should I Consider Publishing in Them?

In many cases, academics engaged in research will craft an articulate, tantalizing article expounding upon the results and implications of a study. Once the article is crafted, revised, and honed, the researcher or team of researchers will (occasionally with prayers on bended knee) send off the article to a top tier academic/scholarly journal. Some of these articles even get published. However, there is another category of publications which many authors may be missing, and which may be more in alignment with one’s profession or have more impact on one’s professional career. This category is dubbed, practitioner periodicals.

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