Research Center Newsletter and Announcements

This page was created to help provide monthly announcements, current happenings in the three centers, current work products and any other monthly currency from the research centers. It is provided as a quick, one-stop shop for updates. A monthly newsletter, Research Addendum, will also be archived here as well.


All newsletter content will be linked by month starting in January and running through 2021.

The Research Addendum represents a quick look, a memo-style document for current work products, projects, conferences, workshops and other items that the Research and Scholarship Enterprise (RSE) has currently undertaken or produced. Because this is a monthly document, you can expect a first week delivery at the beginning of each month and will be archived at the hub for further access.

March 1st-March 31st

Conferences and Presentations: Upcoming, Planned and Completed


  • Jan. 7: Society for HR Management's Lunch and Learn with Dr. Underwood, "Examining Best for Diversity," based on diversity socialization in Fortune 500 companies
  • Jan. 12-15: The Qualitative Report 12th Annual Conference, with representation from all three centers and 43 presenters from faculty, staff and alumni. Several research teams focusing on various topics, including qualitative method and design, COVID-19 implications, faculty and their professional developments, and educational issues from CWDIR and CEITR researchers presented at conference.
  • Feb. 10: Dr. Luster, With the Irving Independent School District/Dallas Campus Sponsor, Dr. Luster with the Exploring the Potentials series from the HR District to present, "Generations in the Workplace."


  • Call for Proposals: The Qualitative Report 13th Annual Conference is seeking Proposals for its upcoming conference in January 2022.
  • Call for Proposals in March for Aug. 12-14: University of Phoenix and the College of Doctoral Studies' Annual Research Summit: The Nexus of Change is coming up. The landing page for the summit is in development, with an announcement coming soon. The call for proposals will open soon.
  • April 8-12: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, which has two current acceptance letters from CWDIR.
  • July 6-7: Call for participation is currently out on CLOSR for the 2021 virtual conference


Writing and Publishing Projects


  • (On-going Call) White Paper Project-For those interested in writing, we are engaged in writing white papers on specicfic topical matter-3-4 pages in length for placement with our marketing team. Interested parties please reach out to one of the center chairs at the bottom of this newsletter for more information.
  • Phoenix Scholar: The Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) is proud to present an inaugural, special edition of Phoenix Scholar. This edition focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Congratulations to CWDIR member, Miriam Frolow, who was recently quoted in the article, Higher Education and the Digital Divide.
  • Phoenix Scholar: The "Exploring the Nexus of Change" Call for Proposals is complete. Look for the upcoming issue cover soon or explore archived issues as well.
  • Journal of Leadership Studies Symposium: The CWDIR is in the process of publishing a five-article symposium with the Journal of Leadership Studies. This symposium examines leadership and various communities of practice as it relates to leading amidst a pandemic. It also includes an article from the Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research (CLSOR).  
  • The Dissertation to Publication (DTP) spring semester workshop (January-April) started in January with 131 participants, including doctoral alumni, their chairs and committee members.  The first synchronous session met Jan. 13.
  • CLSOR has upcoming blogs on "The New Business of Leaders Navigating Change," "The Impact of Dispositional Mindfulness on Leadership and Decision Making," and "Generations in the Workplace: The Context of Change."
  • Current White Papers: Managing the Stress Arc: Using Evidenced Based Cognitive Strategies for Training Employees in Industry to Deal with Large Scale Disaster and Rapid Change -Dr. Rodney Luster; Reconnecting with Self and Outside Activities Add to Career Enjoyment, Happiness Levels-Dr. Erik Bean; Women of Color: A Summary of Experiences in Higher Education and the Workforce- Kimberly Underwood, Sandra Sessoms-Penny, and Joy Taylor; and The impact of phenomenon: Women and Minorities in the Workforce Gender Wage Gap-Dr Kim Sanders.
  • Upcoming White PapersEstablishing a career pathway: Creating a plan to develop oneself academically and professional to sustain a career that will span decades-Mark Vitale,  Fulfilling unfulfilled passion!  Re-careering in the 21st Century-Mark Vitale


Special Projects


  • The CLSOR Informing Science Special Interest Group is comprised of research fellows around the Informing Science Publication and future publishing potentials.
  • CWDIR has formed a new special interest group focused on healthcare research. Teams have begun research projects.
  • The CDS Alumni Special Interest Group is formed by four research teams for a 2021 project series. All research participants are University doctoral alumni. The projects will be completed within 12 months. Since 2018, the CDS Alumni SIG has sponsored four research team projects every year and guided the completion of the projects within 12 months. For further details, please visit CDS Alumni SIG website.
  • Fellows in Residence: The CLSOR first inaugural group, consisting of five fellows, has now established two other roles for all centers — Research Assistant and Scholar in Residence — whose pages are under development. Meet the fellows in residence and find out more about this program. CWDIR has selected five Scholars in Residence.
  • The CLSOR Leadership Perspectives launched interviews with leaders on various recorded topics, such as short-burst learning and faculty welcoming videos. See the interview with Dr. Mark McCaslin on misleadership.
  • Research teams for 2021 CEITR/Adult Learners and Career Development Research Labs have been formed. The project focuses on University internal institutional topics sponsored by Vice Provosts Dr. Hinrich Eylers and Doris Savron. A total of 41 research participants from all colleges across the University joined nine research teams. CEITR offers structured guidelines and monthly meetings. The first informational synchronous session was held on Jan. 22, and the second session on Jan. 29. For further details, please visit CEITR website.
  • The CEITR Research Methodology Group (RMG) began new initiatives in January. Office hours are by appointment for students and faculty to address their method and design questions. 
  • CEITR developed two sets of surveys to be sent to students and faculty to further learn about topics and ways of advancing support of students and faculty. 
  • CWDIR completed the large-scale graduate-focused study, which focused on assessing the value of the UOPX bachelor's degree through the lens of women of color. This mixed methods study included the insights from 1,900 revent graduates and outcomes were shared with the provost, vice provosts and deans of all seven colleges.
  • CWDIR recently completed the second phase of research within the Black male educator research project.
  • CEITR completed the large-scale Faculty Motivation Study, which focused on the motivation factors of faculty teaching across all University colleges. In 2020, 355 faculty from all colleges participated, and outcomes were shared with the provost, vice provosts and deans of all seven colleges.


Workshops in February 2021


  • March 10th-5-6:00 pm-What's Next? Leveraging Your Doctorate and Dissertation in Your Career!-Description: This session examines life after graduation and participants will walk away with ideas for creating a career plan based on transferrable skills gained through their doctoral journeys. Dr. Shawn Todd-Boone
  • March 11th, 2021-5-6:00 pm-How to analyze data for quasi experimental/causal comparative designs using Anova, Ancova?-Description: This workshop provides an overview of conducting Anova and Ancova statistical analyses. Issues and assumptions related to these analyses will be discussed.-Dr. Brian Sloboda
  • March 22nd, 2021-4-5:00 om-How to conduct Q Methodology research design-Description: This workshop provides an overview of conducting Q-Methodology design. Effective practices, issues, and challenges related to this design will be discussed.-Dr. Phil Davidson


For further details and recordings of these webinars, the workshop calendar and the workshop list for 2021, please see Workshop website.


In the Works


  • The CEITR grit-promotion study focuses on improving students’ grit, retention rate and assignment complete rate. The grit-promotion module was developed to be integrated into the first two courses of the undergraduate program at the College of General Studies. This is a PIMO project sponsored by the Provost and Vice Provost Dr. Eylers.
  • CEITR plans to for develop short-burst learning videos related to method and design. For further details, please visit RMG website.
  • In a potential study, the CLSOR is currently considering 2021 studies and will be working with the Business School (Kevin Wilhelmson, Business Programs) on upcoming potentials.


For those who are interested in joining any of the centers on these work products, or for more information, please reach out to the following members:


Newsletter Contact @

CEITR-Chair for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research @

CWDIR-Chair for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research @


The "Research Addendum" is a memo of current activities in the research center but does not list the comprehensive number of activities going on in the RSE. For more information visit the RSE at

This is a monthly publication that will be housed by month on the Research hub.