SAS Faculty Research Fellow Spotlight: David Proudfoot

SAS Faculty Research Fellow Spotlight: David Proudfoot

This week’s spotlight focuses on University of Phoenix dissertation chair and faculty member, David Proudfoot, Ed.D. He earned his doctorate in 2007 and has been working with the School of Advanced Studies since then as an associate faculty and dissertation chair. Prior to that he served as an educational administrator, often teaching educational programming and administration. He is currently a research fellow for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research.

His current research project, and first as a fellow for CEITR, explores the influence of a scenario-based eLearning Mobile STEM Lab program on STEM education. It is currently under peer-review for publication. A second project is undergoing IRB review with intent to submit to a peer-review publication by end of 2016.

Additionally, Dr. Proudfoot has recently published the article “The Effect of a Reading Comprehension Software Program on Student Achievement in Mathematics” in the International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education. As a result of this publication, Dr. Proudfoot has been invited to serve as an International Editorial Board member for the this journal.

It is this work that inspired the nomination to our faculty spotlight by his research chair, Mansureh Kebritchi.

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Dr. Proudfoot decided to pursue this research after over ten years as a school administrator where he worked with educators to create teaching and learning environments that enabled students to graduate well-prepared to thrive in today’s globally competitive world. He decided to pursue research that could help identify innovative ways to further help students achieve in STEM disciplines and – ultimately – prepare for careers in STEM.

Like any great researcher, Dr. Proudfoot continues to learn as he researches: about the research topics he’s pursuing, supporting fellow researchers, and the research process itself. When asked about his biggest lessons, he said, “As researchers, it is critical that we recognize that our colleagues and students will experience interruptions to their research with unexpected situations. During these times, our role as a supporter is to offer encouragement […] Start thinking and talking with colleagues about unexpected events early on in the research process. Having an alternate plan, in case the first plans fail is important.”

In addition to his recent successes noted above, he is also scheduled to present his research at two national conferences this fall: Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT) and Online Learning Consortium (OLC). “I am excited to serve as an example of leading, impactful research and educational opportunity through the dissemination and publication of research and represent the University of Phoenix in the larger academic community,” says Dr. Proudfoot.

When asked how research has changed his life, Dr. Proudfoot had this to say, “While serving as an administrator, my focus was on leadership and practice; providing instructional leadership that resulted in improved student achievement. Taking part in research has helped me to integrate scholarship in to my personal and professional lives. Now, I view myself as a scholar-practitioner who conducts research as a foundation for creative action. The interchange between the academic and practical worlds have enabled me to emerge as a more effective leader.”

Thank you to Dr. Proudfoot for your persistent dedication to education, the STEM discipline, and the art of education. We wish you luck in your coming presentations and projects!