Five Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Research Center and Chair

Five Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Research Center and Chair

Research Center Chairs continuously work to better serve their Center’s members by offering a number of scholarly activities such as participating in monthly webinars, conducting research projects, and publishing and presenting research results.

To effectively work with the Research Center Chair and make the most of a Center membership, it’s important to become an active member within the Center. Center members – including faculty, students and alumni – may adopt the following approaches to enhance members’ scholarly and research skills.

1. Take Ownership

One of the best ways a Center’s members can work with the Chair is by taking ownership of the research projects made available by the Chair. They may also bring their own projects and ideas to enhance the Center and help fulfill the Center’s mission. 

2. Collaborate

Members may collaborate with their Chair in forming research projects and creating new ways of supporting research or chairing students within the Center. The ongoing interactions and collaborations with the Chairs and members create a rich, resourceful community of scholars that cultivates research and benefits all members as they evolve and grow as scholarly practitioners.   

3. Reflect

Members are encouraged to critically reflect on the Center’s activities and share their feedback with the Chair.

4. Support

Members may also support the Center by helping them promote the research agenda; involving other members in the Centers’ activities; and encouraging interested faculty members, students, and alumni to join the Center.

5. Engage Continuously

The most important element to working effectively with your Center is developing and maintaining continuous involvement with the Center’s activities. Research Centers encourage members to fully participate in various opportunities including posting blogs related to the research center agenda and participating in discussion forums. For example, the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research offers two support forums: one related to research and publication issues and the other related to dissertation chairing issues. Members may post their questions and issues related to these topics into the forums and the Center Chair or other members may address the questions. A list of activities is provided in each Research Center’s event calendar.      

The Center Chairs’ overarching goal is to develop democratic, resourceful spaces for sharing knowledge and scholarly activities. Center members are strongly encouraged to help reach that goal.


Barbara Fedock's picture Barbara Fedock | July 23, 2015 1:17 pm MST


I truly appreciate the work of research chairs.   As a member of this research center, I have found your guidance to be very helpful and supportive.  I feel that I have grown as a faculty member under your guidance, and I look forward to collaborating with you.

I do have a question.  Can research members begin a blog?  If so, how?

Barbara Fedock

shaust7_user's picture | September 23, 2015 12:29 pm MST

Hi Barbara! Sorry for the delay, it would appear the notifications are not working properly. Any registered user can create blog entries, which will display as a unique user blog and affilaite with the user's Center. Entires do require moderation. Detailed instructions are available here. Please email us at for further assistance. 

Patricia Akojie's picture Patricia Akojie | September 21, 2015 8:23 pm MST


I am also waiting for this response.  I am curious to know if we can start a blog and how do we go about it.  I have gained so much from Mansureh and the useful tips she sends out here and via emails.

shaust7_user's picture | September 23, 2015 12:30 pm MST

Hi Patricia! As noted above, it would appear the notifications are not working properly. Detailed instructions for adding a blog are available here; once you have an approved blog entry, your blog automatically launches. Please email us at for further assistance. 

Barbara Fedock's picture Barbara Fedock | October 1, 2015 6:59 pm MST


Thank you so much.  I have saved this information.

Barbara Fedock