Our Definition of Scholarship
In late 2010, University of Phoenix leadership determined that one of the most important ways the University could engage its faculty was through research and scholarship. The mission and vision for faculty scholarship were developed with our practitioner faculty and institutional focus on teaching in mind. It embodies the mission and vision of the University of Phoenix. Scholarship can be found in the service and leadership we provide as individual faculty and a University as a whole.
Scholarship, as defined by the knowledge developed, integrated, and taught through faculty activities, can help change students’ lives and improve organizations. Faculty scholarship also sharpens the instructors’ contribution to the classroom and student engagement with coursework. UOPX subscribes to the teacher-scholar approach advocated by the Boyer Model. The formal definition, adopted by the Scholarship Council, is:
Scholarship is the result of engaged scholar-practitioner-leaders putting to work their discipline knowledge and skills across a wide range of academic or professional activities to advance the body of knowledge and add value to teaching and learning, or the field.
The definition places value in the variety of pathways our faculty contribute scholarship. This is also where our adoption of Boyer's model becomes applicable.
Research vs. Scholarship
Research is a type of scholarship, but not all scholarship is research. The UOPX IRB uses the federal definitions of "research" and "human subjects research" (from 45 CFR 46.102; 10/2017): (d) Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. And, (f) Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains:
- Data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or
- Identifiable private information.
Selected Scholarship Resources
The University of Phoenix values our faculty scholarship. Use the links below to learn more about the ways the University of Phoenix and the School of Advanced Studies supports faculty, student, and alumni scholarship.
Looking for funding? We use the term scholarship here to define "academic study or achievement; learning of a high level." Explore available funding and awards.
The University of Phoenix broadly supports research and scholarship based on Boyer's Model. Click here to learn more >>
Office of Scholarship Support
The Office of Scholarship Support is dedicated to providing our faculty and students with resources to advance research, scholarship, teaching and learning. Find additional support with OSS.
Faculty Review and Development
Our faculty are leaders in scholar-practitioner scholarship. Faculty teaching at the graduate level maintain a record of scholarship and SAS Doctoral Faculty complete an annual Academic Review. Learn more