Programs and funding

Programs & Funding

University of Phoenix supports faculty members who wish to broaden their focus to include research into teaching and learning, as well as subjects that will enrich their understanding of their own disciplines. We have adopted Boyer’s Four Domains of Scholarship to frame our research scope, define our attendant programs and to evaluate study applications. The four domains of scholarship are:

Discovery

Discovery — more conventional faculty academic scholarship, such as foundational research, often published in peer-reviewed journals

Integration

Integration — interpreting how knowledge might be used across multiple disciplines, such as work that bridges a gap between two different fields, such as using curriculum development knowledge in managerial training course development

Application

Application — putting expertise and insight into practice to aid society and professions in addressing complex problems, such as research consultancy for organizations

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning — systematically studying and improving teaching models and practices to achieve optimal measurable learning outcomes, including the development of innovative instructional approaches based in emerging educational theory

Here, you’ll discover ways to engage in the different domains of scholarship to become an even greater steward of knowledge. Discover programs that can provide you with funding, guidance and resources to conduct formal, academic inquiry.

How research happens

You may already be engaged in research and innovation as part of your academic or professional role. Here are examples of how faculty members are involved in research and innovation:

Teaching and learning
Developing and testing instructional methods or materials
Mentoring graduate students

Application
Serving as consultants in government or industry
Advising student leaders on how to develop professionally

Integration
Preparing comprehensive literature review
Collaborating to design and deliver core courses

Discovery
Publishing in peer-reviewed forums
Producing or performing creative work in established fields

Supporting new research

Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship program: Drive innovation in teaching and learning

The Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship program offers comprehensive research support to successful candidates, including access to classrooms and other teaching environments, as well as assistance in the form of funding and research expertise. In addition, applicants who are selected for this program can couple the research projects with corresponding degree scholarships. Support and funding will be determined by the project’s scope, relevance and potential contribution to understanding and improving teaching and learning, up to $10,000.

For: Faculty who are interested in conducting and publishing research on teaching and learning

Fellowship selection criteria: Successful applicants will demonstrate a clear need for the proposed study, or series of studies, along with an initial plan for the inquiry with a fully defined budget and timeline for the project. Applicants will also provide an explanation about how they will evaluative the study at strategic phases of the project.

Application review and award disbursement: The Grant and Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications on an ongoing basis.

Application requirements: For more information and application eligibility, please visit the University of Phoenix Scholarship, Research and Assessment website.

General research grants: Further knowledge in your discipline

The purpose of the University of Phoenix general research grant program is to assist faculty in planning, developing and executing meaningful research. The expectation is that findings from this research will be reported in scholarly and/or professional channels. Differing from the Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship program, these programs are intended to support faculty members who want to contribute to scholarship that does not directly address teaching and learning, or that address teaching and learning on a smaller scale than Fellowship projects.  Faculty who are interested in undertaking discipline specific research can qualify for the following funding up to $5,000 depending on the scope of the proposed project.

For: Faculty who want to contribute research of discovery that falls outside the scope of the Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship program.

Grant selection criteria: Applications will be considered on methodological rigor, potential for scholarly and pedagogical contribution, as well as on practical merit.

Up to $1,000 award: A successful proposal will represent a modest contribution to the literature, stemming from an analysis of primary data that seeks to provide a minor benefit to a selected field. Successful applicants need not demonstrate experience in the execution and publication of previous research in peer-reviewed journals.

Up to $5,000 award: A successful proposal will represent a substantial contribution to the literature, stemming from an analysis of primary data that seeks to extend previous research considerably. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a clear need for their proposed study, name the potential forums for publication and demonstrate previous scholarly work. Research subjects that are of particular interest should involve collaborations with co-investigators, including fellow faculty, graduate students and members of external organizations.

Application review and award disbursement: The Grant and Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications on an ongoing basis.

Application requirements: For more information on the application process and requirements please visit the University of Phoenix Scholarship, Research and Assessment website.

In recognition of scholarship

Faculty Honorarium program: Be recognized for your scholarly engagement

The Faculty Honorarium program is designed to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated affiliation with University of Phoenix within published works and/or presentations at local, state, national and/or international conferences. Submission to the Faculty Honorarium program must take place no later than six months after publication or presentation.

For: Faculty members who have presented at regional and national academic conferences to offset travel and registration expenses or who have published in a professional or scholarly venue.

Application review and award disbursement: The Grant and Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications an ongoing basis.

Eligibility requirements: For more information on eligibility for Faculty Honoraria, please visit the University of Phoenix Scholarship, Research and Assessment website.

Excellence in Publishing Awards: Engage with academic and practitioner communities

Encouraging greater scholarship, engagement and understanding are the primary reasons for this recognition program. University of Phoenix faculty members who have contributed to journals can be awarded up to $500. The award is given on a competitive basis taking into account factors like the impact of a journal or the contribution of the article to a discipline or teaching and learning.

For: Faculty who have published research in peer-reviewed journals and publications.

Application review and award disbursement: The Grant and Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications on an ongoing basis.

Eligibility requirements: For more information on eligibility for the Excellence in Publishing Awards, please visit the University of Phoenix Scholarship, Research and Assessment website.

Contact the Office of Scholarship Support

Interested in expanding your role in academia? The Office of Scholarship Support is currently looking for peer reviewers as well as content, methodological and technological thought leaders who are interested in working with University of Phoenix faculty. If you are interested in volunteering your expertise, please contact us at oss@phoenix.edu.

Feed your intellect

Get involved in scholarship:

  • Start researching
  • Volunteer to review studies

Contact the Office of Scholarship Support today

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