This week’s spotlight focuses on University of Phoenix dissertation chair and faculty member, Libi Shen, Ph.D. She has taught abroad in Taiwan as well as at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. She has been a dissertation chair with the School of Advanced Studies since 2010. She is currently an affiliate of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research. She has also received numerous awards for both teaching and dissertation chairing through the years.
Her research interests include: K-12 education, reading skills, curriculum design, early childhood education, adult education, instructional technology, instructional strategies, communication, and management.
Dr. Shen was nominated by her Research Center Chair, Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, due to her hard work and recent accomplishments. Of late, she has been associated with three projects: (1) Factors Influencing Chinese Students’ Decisions to Study in the United States (with Dr. Larry Austin); (2) The Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity at Schools (with Dr. Irene Chen); and (3) Emotional Intelligence and Job Stress (with Dr. Germaine Washington).
These projects have led to the following works being published or accepted for publication:
The paper “Factors Influencing Chinese Students’ Decisions to Study in the United States” was published in Journal of International Students, 6(3), in July/August 2016. This is based on my student Dr. Larry Austin’s dissertation.
The paper “Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity at Schools” will be published in the International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education, 4(1), soon. (ISSN: 2155-6903)
"Emotional Intelligence and Job Stress” has been accepted as a chapter by IGI Global for Handbook of Research on Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the Modern Workforce. This is based on my student Dr. Germaine Washington’s dissertation.
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Each of the four studies that led to the successes above were inspired by a combination of Dr. Shen’s interest in the topic and an enjoyment of working to publish with colleagues and students. Moving forward, she plans to continue working on topics of interest to her. Her new project will be leadership or technology-related.
Like many other researchers, Dr. Shen has found her research center to be a significant source of support in the research process. “[Research Center Chair] Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi, is very supportive and helpful. She responds to my questions efficiently and helps me find journals for publication.” She adds, “The [University] research centers have provided wonderful resources for us to do the research. All we have to do is setting up a goal and complete it. In other words, if you have a dream, make it as a goal and go for it. Eventually, you will succeed if you always have the goals on your mind. Working on research projects takes lots of patience and time. If you cannot do it alone, work with other faculty or students. Work harder and you should achieve your goals.”
When asked of the biggest lesson learned from the research process, Dr. Shen said, “Thomas Edison used to say, ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.’ Doing research takes lots of efforts and patience. You have to work hard, write consistently, and keep the deadline on mind to reach your goals.” Given hear recent success in publishing, it’s clear that Dr. Shen is unafraid to do all of these things.
Thank you to Dr. Shen for your ongoing research contributions across a variety of research topics and in a strong willingness to team with others to advance the research community. We wish you luck in your coming research projects!