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October 12 - 14


College of Doctoral Studies

Center for Educational
and Instructional
Technology Research

Advancing the learning community through research

Research Chair: Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D. | Associate Research Chair: Stella Smith, Ph.D.

Research Chair: Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D.  
Associate Research Chair: Stella Smith, Ph.D.

About the center

The Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR) serves as the departmental home for faculty and students who have an expressed interest or research agenda associated with a variety of topics related to promoting quality of teaching and learning process by using technology-based tools, learning theories or instructional strategies in K-12, higher education and corporate settings within online or face-to-face formats; issues and challenges related to online teaching and learning; and global trends and issues in education.

Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi

Research Chair

Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi

Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi has a wealth of experiences in teaching, mentoring doctoral dissertations, and supporting faculty members to conduct research and publishing and presenting the results in the field of education. 

Assoc Research Chair

Stella Smith

A qualitative researcher, Dr. Stella L. Smith’s scholarly interests focus on the experiences of faculty and administrators of color in higher education; African American females in leadership in higher education; access and inclusion of underserved populations in higher education, and P–20 educational pipeline alignment.

The center has two major missions:

  1. Advancing professional development of the center members through:
    • Enhancing the research skills of the center members to allow them to engage in long-term, continuous research activity
    • Supporting members to integrate research, practice and teaching in the field of education
  2. Achieving positive contributions to the field of education. To do so, the center focuses on three major tracks for research, which include:
    • Studying the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning
    • Exploring issues and challenges related to online education
    • Investigating global trends and issues in higher education

The vision of the center is to create a dynamic, resourceful center that:

  1. Forms and supports network of researchers. Conducting research can be a difficult, lonely task. The center connects researchers with common research interests and supports them as they collaborate to complete their research.
  2. Nurtures the members to evolve into scholar practitioners in the field of education and instructional technology.

To achieve this vision, the Center adopted the following themes of practice, teach, research and reflect.


Evolution of Scholar Practitioners involves multiple cycles of practice teach research reflect

Cycle 1: Practice, in which center members apply their knowledge into their workplace.

Cycle 2: Using their knowledge and experiences from their practice to teach their students.

Cycle 3: Conduct research related to problems or issues identified within their practice and/or teaching.

Cycle 4:  Reflect, in which they examine what they can learn from their research results. Their reflection will be used in their practice.

Practice will be the first stage of the next cycle. The cycles may continue endlessly, through which members evolve into scholarly practitioners.  

The goal is to create a center that:

  • Forms and supports a network of researchers
  • Nurtures the members to evolve into scholar practitioners in the field of educational and instructional technology by going through the cycle of practice, teach, research and reflect
  • Supports the members to disseminate their research through presentation and publication
  • Enhances the skills of faculty and students to conduct research related to the latest essential topics in the field of education and instructional technology

The Center is a place where students and faculty will find the collegiality and socialization necessary for an advanced community of learning. Research will be cultivated and supported in a variety of ways to include inviting direct affiliation with the Center and its research agenda, research contributions such as serving on advisory committee or as one of the selected research fellows.

Fellows in Residence

The Fellows in Residence role has been designed to usher in the potentials of like-minded researchers who desire to become part of the research enterprise. The Research Centers implemented the voluntary role in 2020, and has since grown the cadre of fellows who work within each center. We continue to invite those who are interested in becoming fellows to reach out to each center for more information.

Meet the fellows

Fellow in Residence is a volunteer role with all the perks of building a working role by helping us produce research, join projects, engage in publishing, being part of the Phoenix Scholar editorial board, presenting, and the list goes on.

For more information on this outstanding opportunity, check out the following dedicated site for the role and the other two prominent potentials if you have further interest.

CEITR Workshops and labs

Research to Publication Workshop

This eight-week workshop guides you through a detailed process of turning a research project into a publishable manuscript.

Dissertation to Publication Workshop

Doctoral alumni, committee chairs, and committee members work together as co-authors to prepare the journal manuscripts with guided support of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research.

CEITR Research Labs

The research labs offer structured frameworks for conducting team projects related to cutting-edge research topics. Through the research labs, we connect people, implement effective processes, and generate great products; the 3Ps are our formula for success.

Completed projects will be presented and published at peer-reviewed conferences and journals. The annual projects start in January and are completed in December. You may register to participate in the yearly projects via this form. For further details please visit The Research Labs Teams.

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