Announcing the Selection of Four New Fellows for the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group

Announcing the Selection of Four New Fellows for the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group

The SAS Alumni Special Interest Group is pleased to announce the recent selection of four Fellows in January 2018.  After careful review and consideration of individual CVs, background, and experience, Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi and Dr. Sandra Nunn selected the following individuals and University of Phoenix alumni to become Fellows:  Dr. Lunthita Duthely, Dr. Jennifer Calito, Dr. Imani Akin, and Dr. Daniel Roberts.  Each of these new Fellows brings unique experience and expertise to the table as they lead their respective research teams in different research studies for the next year. 

Dr. Lunthita Duthely, an experienced researcher, journal author, and conference presenter, will be leading the research project entitled “The Intersectionality between Grit and Spirituality as Contributors to Doctoral Success among Professional Doctoral Candidates and Graduates” along with Research Team Members Dr. Diana Hart and Dr. James Rice.   The purpose of this study will be to examine how student-level strengths of grit and spiritual orientation serve as contributors to doctoral student success among recent doctoral graduates or doctoral candidates of distance learning programs.

In addition, Dr. Jennifer Calito, an experienced researcher and conference presenter, will be leading the study entitled “Acquired Leadership Skills in Online Doctoral Education Programs at the University of Phoenix” along with Research Team Members Dr. Linnel Hickman and Dr. Cynthia Knittle.  The purpose of this research study will be to identify if a relationship exists between University of Phoenix student's completion of an online doctoral program and their leadership skills/traits at the conclusion of the students' program

Dr. Imani Akin, an educator with extensive research, publishing, and conference presentation experience, will be leading the research study entitled “Beyond Commencement: Beliefs and Social Choices Impacting the Building of Scholarship” with Research Team Members Dr. Shanel Harris and Dr. Matasha Murrell Jones.  The purpose of the study will be to determine behaviors, habits of mind, and personal experiences from existing doctoral degree graduates which lead to scholarship

Finally, Dr. Daniel Roberts, a researcher with experience in journal publication and conference presentations, will be leading the research project entitled “Assessing Strategic Thinking Behaviors of Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership Alumni” along with his Research Team Members Dr. Marisela Jimenez, Dr. Mensah Nord, and Dr. Charles Cattermole.  This study will use a correlational quantitative design to determine the relationship of strategic thinking behaviors to the UOPX DM and the UOPX Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

Each of these projects will focus on University of Phoenix School of Advanced students and alumni to help provide greater insights into student and alumni experiences at UOPX and the School of Advanced studies.  Each project will take approximately one year to complete.  Once finalized, each team will present their respective results in papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals as well as at various conferences.

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating each of these new Fellows to the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group as they commence research on these studies.