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Call for Applications: 2016 Summer Research Institute

Smith Institute invites applications from JCSU faculty, staff, and graduate students for the Summer Research Institute. Ideal applicants are enthusiastic about improving or enhancing the research skills of themselves and their students.

Applications are due by 5pm on April 29, 2016.

If you would like to participate in the Summer Research Institute, please complete the application form available HERE.



The objectives of this program are:

  1. Foster collaboration and collegiality between faculty, staff, and graduate students
  2. Build research capacity among faculty and staff to enhance the research culture
  3. Support faculty, staff, and graduate students to join the national conversation related to their research interests and make their work more visible thereby reinforcing the important role of academics at HBCU’s


By the end of the Institute, participants should produce:

  • Papers to submit to multiple types of publications (different types of papers will be accepted) based on previous research or research interests
  • A professional online presence related to one’s research
  • New or revised curricula that aligns with a Research Skill Development (RSD) Framework (if applicable)
  • A clear research plan or research project plan for future research
  • An overall learning reflection and evaluation of the institute

These documents must be submitted to Smith Institute by 5pm on Monday, May 23rd.

OBLIGATIONS OF FUNDING (read carefully):To receive the $1,500 stipend participants must attend the entire institute and produce each of the above outputs by May 23rd. Proof of your professional online presence should be represented by your social media account links or links to your research online.

Participants may be asked to work with staff from the Smith Institute over the next year to support curricula revisions and to support fellow faculty who are writing for publication. Participants may also be asked to allow SI staff to evaluate their research progress throughout the following academic year.

ELIGIBILITY FOR FUNDING: All full-time faculty or staff may apply. All part-time faculty who have been employed by JCSU on a continual basis for at least 2 years since 2013 may apply. All Masters of Social Work students may apply. Early career or inexperienced researchers are encouraged to apply.

Participants will receive a stipend.

Prospective Schedule *subject to change

May 17-19: Summer Research Institute Schedule  (*SUBJECT TO CHANGE)


Time Title of Event Location Facilitator
8:30-9:30 Breakfast

Demonstrate Group Site 360

Mosaic Village  
9:30-10:45 Becoming Part of the National Conversation: Disseminating Your Research in Traditional and Non-Traditional Ways Sarah Minslow
10:45-11:00 Break Talk about It – What new ways might you try to disseminate your work?
11:00-12:15 Lessons Learned from Managing an Interdisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Collaborative: The NoroCORE Project Lee-Ann Jaykus (NC State)
12:15-1:15 Lunch & Transition to MACMAS Lab Talk about it – How do you implement research skill development into your courses?
1:20-2:30 Using Social Media to Collect Data or As Data: Opportunities and Challenges MACMAS Lab Apryl Williams (Texas A&M)
2:30-3:30 Creating a Professional Online Presence Keisha Talbot Johnson & Sarah Minslow

Homework – Review the Qualtrics training videos in our Group Site 360. Consider how you might use Qualtrics for your research and draft your proposed questions.


Time Title of Event Location Facilitator
8:30-9:30 Breakfast/Professional headshots


9:30-10:30 Qualtrics Training Sarah Minslow, Tiffany Taylor, & Frank Parker
10:30-12:30 Writing Boot Camp Sarah Minslow
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Transition to Mosaic Village Mosaic Village Talk about it: What do you find most difficult about the writing process and what are your strategies for overcoming obstacles?
1:30-3:30 Design Thinking for Educators Andrés Castro Samayoa, Assistant Director for Assessment, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions


2:30-3:30 Professional Headshots

Homework – Peer review of two other people’s writing; Bring syllabi tomorrow to map research skill development in your curriculum.


Time Title of Event Location Facilitator
8:30-9:30 Breakfast Mosaic Village
9:30-11:00 Peer Review Session Sarah Minslow
11:00-12:45 Integrating Student Research Skill Development into the Curriculum Sarah Minslow
12:45-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Developing a Personal Research Plan Sarah Minslow
2:00-3:30 Community-Based Research Jonathon Livingston
3:30-3:45 Evaluations Tiffany Taylor

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