Research matters in Education

 

             Center for Excellence in Research

                                              Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu- Director and Professor

                                      Sandhud@lindsey.edu, (270) 384-8583 or

                                                     (502) 931-2158 (cell)

                                                                        

Research must continue to be the centerpiece of intellectual life, and our commitment to       

     research must grow, because our problems are growing.  Ernest L. Boyer

 

Strategies to Enhance Faculty Research and

                               Publication Activities:

                                                               Some Suggestions

   Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu, Director of Research

A.   Historical Background

History of research in higher education dates back to Daniel Coit Gilman’s   inauguration address in 1876 as the Founding President of Johns Hopkins University.  I find Gilman’s statement still relevant which sums up the aim of research in higher education. “What are we aiming at? questioned Gilman and then answered himself stating that, “the encouragement of research and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell.”  

 

Before Gilman’s initiatives, research was primarily conducted outside of academe. It was neither extensive, nor it was supported or funded by any organization. Moreover, all institutions of higher learning were exclusively teaching institutions, no emphasis was placed on research activities.  Institutions of higher learning changed dramatically after Gilman’s efforts. I consider Daniel C. Gilman as the father of research in higher education.

 

 

B.    Research matters at Lindsey Wilson College 

It is important that our students recently enrolled in the doctoral program are capable of conducting research which is ethically acceptable and methodologically sound. Through research experiences, we aim to enhance our students’ academic excellence, scholarship, and creative activities. 

To help and guide our graduate students to conduct research successfully, it is imperative that our faculty members are also actively engaged in research. They must demonstrate their competence and excellence through their research publications.

I hope through our research productivity, we would be able to raise the profile of our college to stand tall among other sister institutions in Appalachia as the beacon of excellence, academic vigor, and pride.  Eventually, greater reputation and enhanced prestige of our college would attract more and more students to pursue their degrees in higher education at the Lindsey Wilson College, a center for excellence in research.  Because of our expertise in certain areas of research, for instance mental health issues of the Appalachian Americans, our college could become cynosure or a center of attraction for national and international scholars.

C.   Why we must become proactive in our research efforts at Lindsey Wilson College?

         There have been many sea changes, numerous transformations, and 

         several radical changes over the years in higher education. For the

         following reasons, I believe that we must actively engage in research

         related professional activities:

 

·       Teaching and research are mutually reinforcing.  They are clearly the  

 two sides of the same coin called, knowledge.

          Obviously, the best scholars are the best teachers; and vice versa  

          the best teachers are the best scholars.

·       If we believe that knowledge is a lifelong learning process, faculty

         is here not only to teach but also to learn which is possible only if

         faculty members engage actively in research.

 

·       If we consider Lindsey Wilson College as an institution of higher learning a community of scholars ; then we must ask what would be our identity as scholars and what would be our professional legacy?  I believe our legacy and professional identity are directly related to our research accomplishments. Professors’ research accomplishments enhance their visibility and establish their identity as scholars.

 

D.   Research as a necessity at Lindsey Wilson College

 

          For various reasons cited below, research activities have become

          a necessity at LWC.

 

·       CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) 2009  Standards, p. 86. Requires

 

·       2014 ACA Code of Ethics. Section G. is replete

 

·       Mentorship for Doctoral Students (to equip students with research skills).

 

E.   Miscellaneous Reasons

 

·        Faculty’s scholarly productivity and accountability. How many 

          hours faculty members work per week? How do they use their

          time?  Many state legislative bodies are raising such questions

          for the purpose of the accountability to the general public for the

          tax dollar money.

 

·       Throughout the country, the decisions on recruitment, reappointment, tenure, salary, and promotion are all influenced by the scholarly productivity of the faculty members.

 

·       Grant writing and research are directly related. National Science   Foundation requires a record of research publications.