This practical guide addresses the challenges for building and maintaining a college research program in an environment that does not focus on supporting research activity and for those with a heavy teaching load. The challenges faced by teacher-researchers and solutions to issues are reviewed. The steps for maximizing research productivity are outlined: time management, obtaining research space and equipment and funding, recruiting and managing human subjects, and overcoming bureaucratic stumbling blocks. Chapters feature opening vignettes, examples, cases, figures, tables, summaries, suggested readings, and research references which provide a scientific grounding.
Highlights include coverage of:
-The latest time saving digital resources including automatic literature search alerts, Zotero for managing literature, Dropbox for sharing files, Open Science for managing workflow, and OpenSesame and OpenStax Tutor.
-Strategies for recruiting subjects such as flyers and posting lab meeting minutes on a web page.
- How to increase research productivity while still engaging in effective teaching.
-The problems of the availability of human subjects and strategies for recruiting from classes, offering extra credit for research participation, and participation as a course requirement.
- Using students as volunteer research assistants and strategies for recruiting and managing volunteers along with ethical considerations.
-Bureaucratic stumbling blocks and strategies for overcoming those challenges.
- How to use browser/word processor add-ons that store and organize literature in a searchable library and produce citations and reference lists.
-The use of free open source software to design experiments and collect data and free cloud based resources to store electronic research files.
The steps for maximizing research productivity are outlined in chapter 1: time management, obtaining research space and equipment and funding, recruiting and managing human subjects, and overcoming bureaucratic stumbling blocks, along with impediments and solutions for establishing a research program. Strategies to overcome time constraints including automatic literature searches, Zotero for managing your literature, Dropbox for sharing files, and the Open Science Framework for managing workflow are provided in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 provides tips on obtaining funding. Chapters 4 and 5 provide strategies for recruiting and managing research participants such as ad hoc recruiting from classes, offering extra credit for research participation, and participation as a course requirement. The book concludes with a review of other items to consider when developing a research program.
Intended for professional development or teacher training courses offered in masters and doctoral programs in colleges and universities or as a supplement in graduate level research methods courses, this book is also an invaluable resource for faculty development centers and university administrators. Designed for both early career and veteran teacher-researchers looking to enhance their research productivity, this book appeals to college teachers of all levels and disciplines.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Getting started and overcoming time constraints 3. Obtaining space and equipment resources 4. Finding available human subjects 5. Recruiting undergraduate volunteer researchers 6. Bureaucratic odds and ends
Robert S. Ryan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Avidan Milevsky is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Parenting Research at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
"This book is a useful resource for faculty and researchers, regardless of the type of institution, field, and rank (assistant, associate, or full professor), and would be an ideal and recommended text in a graduate research course. The unique strengths of this book are the suggestions on how to make technology work for academics in ways that will save them time, and ultimately, allow them to meaningfully pursue the research that matters to them." – Maria Hantzopoulos, Vassar College, USA
„As a researcher that works in a teaching college, this book is of great interest to me and many of my colleagues. ...This book would be a great resource ... in doctoral student seminars (across disciplines) or in courses about higher education and/or research methods. ... It is a needed contribution ... in teaching institutions. ... It tackles an emerging issue and phenomenon and gives practical advice on how to navigate this experience. It draws from first-hand accounts, but also universalizes them for the reader."- Colette Cann, Vassar College, USA