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University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies celebrates a robust 10th Annual Knowledge Without Boundaries Summit 

By Sharla Hooper

Annual event fosters diverse perspectives, recognizes accomplishments, and helps prepare students for professional conference circuit 

University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies welcomed more than 500 registrants from 14 countries during its 10th Annual Knowledge Without Boundaries Summit, held October 12-14, 2023. The virtual research event, titled “Thrive in the Brave New World,” served as a dynamic forum exploring the pioneering potential of thriving in what has been termed “the post-pandemic brave new world,” with topics exploring innovative possibilities for advancing value prospects within industry practices, scholar-practitioner engagement, and evolving research concerning pivotal societal issues.

“We continue to see how our doctoral students value the Knowledge Without Boundaries Summit as an opportunity for engagement, connection, and professional growth and networking,” states Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D., P.E., vice provost, College of Doctoral Studies. “It gave us a critical opportunity to emphasize our doctoral students’ and scholars’ successes with the Dissertation of the Year and DEIB research awards as well as featuring a student presenter day. Our students were pleased to participate and develop their skills in professional academic presenting in preparation for the professional conference circuit.”

While most participants hailed from the United States, it continued to attract attendees from around the world, including Algeria, Canada, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

The Summit is an effort of the Research and Scholarship Enterprise (RSE) and the College of Doctoral Studies to enlighten communities through the efforts of a research perspective that amplifies practice-based potential in applying theory to real-time issues.

This year’s event featured: 

·       Keynote speaker, Cheryl Lentz, DM, founder and principal of The Lentz Leadership Institute and alumna of University of Phoenix, providing guests with an outstanding presentation that covered facets of what she calls "The Einstein Perspective" discussing how researchers must learn to engage the deeper introspective side of self and research.

·       Comments by Chris Lynne, President, University of Phoenix, and the inaugural presentation of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Focused Research Award, recognizing DEIB research from University of Phoenix scholars, alongside moderator Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D., chair, Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR).

·       Recognition of the 2023 Dissertation of the Year winners, organized by Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D., chair, Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR).

A complete summary as well as recordings of the Summit proceedings and presentations is available here.

About the College of Doctoral Studies

University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies focuses on today’s challenging business and organizational needs, from addressing critical social issues to developing solutions to accelerate community building and industry growth. The College’s research program is built around the Scholar, Practitioner, Leader Model which puts students in the center of the Doctoral Education Ecosystem® with experts, resources and tools to help prepare them to be a leader in their organization, industry and community. Through this program, students and researchers work with organizations to conduct research that can be applied in the workplace in real time.

About University of Phoenix

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