Scholarship of Discovery

Scholarship of Discovery

“We take the position that research is at the very heart of academic life, and we celebrate what we call the scholarship of discovery” (Boyer, 1992, p. 89).

What is Scholarship of Discovery?

The scholarship of discovery is the commitment to the development of new knowledge for its own sake, through sound inquiry and methods.  Discovery contributes to the knowledge stock but also the intellectual climate of a university and society.  

Common examples of engagement in the scholarship of discovery are publishing or presenting new findings or theory in peer-reviewed journals or conferences (i.e., empirical research), procurement of research funding, or creating theoretical and practical infrastructure for future studies (i.e., non-empirical research). 

Why is the Scholarship of Discovery important?  

The purpose of discovery is to build new knowledge through traditional forms of academic research. 

The scholarship of discovery is valuable- new knowledge advances our society.  It can renew your enthusiasm for the pursuit of new knowledge, sharpen your skills as a researcher, keep you engaged in your field, and contribute to your reputation as a researcher.  It is also important for your field, by answering critical questions or helping complete part of a larger puzzle.  Last, discovery is important to UOPX.  The enthusiasm and skill sets developed when engaging in the scholarship of discovery are shared with your students and the outcomes of research enhance the meaning and efforts of UOPX itself. 

What does engaging in the Scholarship of Discovery look like?

Scholars engaging in the scholarship of discovery answer broad questions, such as:

  • What is to be known?
  • What is yet to be found?
  • How do we approach it and what tools do we need? 

Answering these questions requires traditional research methods.  This involves completing literature reviews, designing an empirical research method, inclusive of sampling, study design, and measurement development, and analyze results in a manner appropriate for your research questions.  Research may be qualitative or quantitative.  Research of discovery differs from most case study, evaluation, or action research in that the goal is to generalize to the larger academic literature.  Theory development typically relies on extensive review of literature. 

Faculty share their research findings at academic conferences and publish in academic journals and books.  

Scholarship of Discovery at UOPX

Here are examples of our faculty completing scholarship of discovery:

Bean, E. (2017). An academy customer experience benchmark observation. Internet Learning Journal, 5(1), 17-31.

Boone, S.C., Ferguson, S.K., deCharon, L.C. (2016). Critical and creative thinking and rubric calibration in a first-year doctoral course sequence. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, 13(9), 3-13.

Butsch-Kovacic, M., Bartin, L.J., Biagini Myers, J.M., He, H., Linsey, M., Mersha, T.B., Khurana Hershey, G.K. (2015). Genetic approach identifies distinct asthma pathways in obsese vs. normal weight children. Allergy, 70(8), 1028-32.  - Note shorter pub…

Clapper, T.C., and Rice, D.M. (May, 2017). Teaching conflict resolution in the bioecological system: Implementing Winning Colors. Simulation and Gaming.

Dunn, P., Margaritas, V., Anderson, C. (2017). Understanding health literacy skills in patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Qualitative Report, 22(1).

Rippe, C., Weisfeld-Spolter, S., Yurova, Y., Sussan, F. (2015). Is there a global multichannel consumer. International Marketing Review, 32(3/4), 329-349.


Find Support at UOPX:

The University maintains research centers dedicated to pursuing new research in areas relevant to our degree programs.  Visit the University Research Centers to learn about scholarship of discovery occurring at UOPX.

The Office of Scholarship Support also offers competative research grants and publication/presentations awards.  Learn more here

The UOPX Library:  an excellent resource to locate reference texts or read articles about current findings in your field

The UOPX Media Library: search videos and tutorials on select topics, such as the SPSS series

Additional Resources:

Need to brush up on your research methods or statistical prowess?  Check out these resources for attending workshops:

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Read more: Professional and Academic Articles about Discovery

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