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University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies hosts record number of attendees at Knowledge Without Boundaries Summit

By Sharla Hooper

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

University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies welcomed more than 560 attendees, the largest number to date, during the annual Knowledge Without Boundaries Summit, held October 13-15, 2022. The virtual research event, titled “Moving Forward: Bridging the Gap Between Practice, Belonging, and Community,” served as a forum for evolving research around pivotal issues, while also rebuilding and fostering strategic intent based on world events. Participants examined research and innovative practices contained in education and technology, diversity and inclusion, along with leadership and organizational change.

“The Knowledge Without Boundaries Summit welcomed 280 students this year, our largest student demographic to date,” states Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D., P.E., vice provost, College of Doctoral Studies. “Our intent was to make the event inclusive of our student population by emphasizing the Dissertation of the Year awards and featuring a student presenter day. Many of our students were excited to take part, and to try their hand at professional academic presenting in preparation for the professional conference circuit.”

Eylers added that while most participants hailed from the United States, this year’s event attracted attendees from around the world, including the Bahamas, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, 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 special guests including: 

  • Ronald Jacobs, Ph.D., Principal of SiTUATE, LLC, the only digital platform in the market to support the use of structured on-the-job training, an area of interest that has driven both Ron’s research and consulting practice. Jacobs is Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University and a professor of human resource development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • IGI Global Publishing leadership, Lindsay Wertman, President of IGI Global, Melissa Wagner, Vice President of Editorial, and Marissa Massare, Open Access Publishing Coordinator. IGI Global is a leading international academic publisher committed to facilitating the discovery of pioneering research that enhances and expands the body of knowledge available to the research community.
  • Dr. Mark Ludorf, Senior Editor of Journal of Leadership Studies since 2011 and who has served in senior leadership positions at both Stephen F. Austin State University and Oakland University (Rochester, MI). The Journal of Leadership Studies is a quarterly academic research publication, produced by Wiley, on behalf of the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies.

More information about the Knowlege Without Boundaries Summit may be found 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 puts students in the center of an effective ecosystem of 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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