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First Research Workshop

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings!

To enhance research and publication activities at Lindsey Wilson College,  Dr. Daya Sandhu will conduct the first in a series of Research Workshops on November 20, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST in Fugitte 224.

For those faculty participating from off campus, you can go to https://www.anymeeting.com/870-413-091 to participate online. For audio, you can use your computer speakers or dial in at 213-416-1560 | PIN: 444 790 735#

The theme of this first workshop will be: Strategies to Enhance Faculty Research and Publication Activities.

To enrich participants' knowledge and interest in this topic, this workshop will be conducted in the following three parts:

  • 2:30 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. What students and faculty members should know about research and publications: Some practical strategies and guidelines
    Presenter: Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu, Director of Research and Professor of Counselor Education & Supervision, Lindsey Wilson College
  • 3:15 p.m.- 3:45 p.m, Building capacity to research:  The faculty-student relationship (Invited presentation)
     Presenter: Dr. William Neace, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lindsey Wilson College
  • 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The wonders of advanced statistical analyses (Invited presentation)
    Presenter: Dr. Patrick Hardesty, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education and College Personnel, University of Louisville

If you have any questions or if you would like to have additional information about this Research Workshop, please feel free to contact , Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu at Sandhud@lindsey.edu.

 

Associate Dean Jacquelyn Montgomery's Comments

I would like to congratulate Lindsey Wilson College's Center for Excellence in Research and Dr. Daya Sandhu on hosting the first in a series of Research Workshops on November 20th here on Lindsey's campus. Each of the three speakers is "world class" in his field, and each provided a dynamic, engaging, and exciting presentation. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to access the recording of the presentations (link forthcoming).

This Research Workshop provided practical strategies for starting research in one's field of interest; for building capacity - including connecting teaching and research, and connecting students and research; and that, "Yes, We Can Compute!" Software innovations and collaborative networks mean that you don't have to do the math to effectively use the statistical tools - so no need to feel inadequate, panicked or reticent around advanced statistical analyses.

I would like to extend sincere appreciation to the three presenters as well as each of the attendees, and to say that I came away feeling excited and with a strong sense that it is practically possible to weave research work back into my life. Special thanks to:

Montgomery Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu, Director of Research and Professor of Counselor Education &                Supervision, Lindsey Wilson   College: What students and faculty members should know         about research and publications: Some practical strategies and guidelines

 Dr. William Neace, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lindsey Wilson  College: Building capacity to research: The faculty-student relationship (Invited    presentation)

 Dr. Patrick Hardesty, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counseling  Psychology, Counselor Education and College Personnel, University of Louisville: The  wonders of advanced statistical analyses (Invited presentation)

 I hope you will join us for the second Research Workshop in this series, which will be scheduled for early spring 2015. Stay tuned!

 

Building Capacity for Research: The faculty-student relationship

  William P. Neace, Ph.D.
Lindsey Wilson College
Invited Presentation For the Center for Research Excellence, Lindsey Wilson College, November 20, 2014

The purpose of the presentation was to elaborate on the role of the faculty member in building capacity for research with undergraduate and graduate students here at Lindsey Wilson College. The presentation focused on developing a research collaborative in which the faculty member played a key mentoring role. As discussed, the faculty's responsibility as mentor is to create a clear, concise, and well-defined research agenda, and to recruit student research partners who are truly interested in the research process, who are intellectually curious and intrinsically motivated, and who, ideally, need little supervision to carry out assigned research tasks. Also important is the need for the faculty mentor to provide guidance to the research collaborative. Such guidance involves providing team members with the requisite background in the research area of interest, providing an overarching framework within which the research will take place, and developing specific sub-areas of the research from which hypotheses can be derived and appropriate methodologies can be developed.

Neace The faculty mentor is also tasked with managing the research process. Such management  responsibilities include scheduling and facilitating bi-monthly research collaboration meetings,  and making pertinent research literature available for readings and discussions. The goal of  regular meetings is to develop a group identity, foster creativity in an atmosphere of open  intellectual freedom, and provide overall direction to the less experienced research members.  In managing the research collaborative, the faculty mentor should take care not to dominate or  micromanage other research team members but to encourage them to share their thoughts  openly and without negative criticisms. This process should ideally result in building a  research community that values intellectual freedom and a sense of purpose. Specific project  goals and timelines should be set and monitored throughout the research process.

Finally, rewards stemming from the research process were discussed. The importance of sharing such rewards with members of the research collaborate were stressed. Such rewards included authorship on professional articles and presentations at professional conferences, encouraging students to attend conferences, and general professional recognition of their efforts. The importance of professional development, particularly for students with a view toward graduate school, was emphasized. Leadership does not come without its challenges, some of which were discussed. Nevertheless, the rewards of a productive research collaborative far outweigh the challenges we face in contributing to the scientific knowledge that is ultimately produced.

William P. Neace, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.  Dr. Neace earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2002.  He has contributed his expertise in quantitative methods to a wide variety of projects, including providing statistical and methodological support to several NIH-funded grants while he was working for a non-profit firm conducting program evaluation research.  Dr. Neace is currently full-time faculty at LWC, having come aboard in the Fall of 2014. His primary responsibilities include teaching core courses in the Psychology curriculum (Principles of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Research Methods), and serves as Program Coordinator for the Psychology Department. His primary research areas of interest are in judgment and decision making within a behavioral economics framework, and most recently, in the theoretical development of psychologically-grounded descriptive models of decision-making processes. Dr. Neace is also interested in program evaluation research examining the efficacy of social change processes and programs, and has provided quantitative methodological support to faculty at various institutions on a variety of scholarly projects. He is willing to give generously of his time and talents to faculty and students alike where opportunities exist for methodological and statistical consulting/analysis.

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