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Knowledge Without Boundaries

Save the Date: Oct. 17-19, 2024


Theme: Rise of the Scholar-Practitioner

The 2024 Knowledge Without Boundaries (KWB) 11th annual conference serves as a dynamic forum for research, while also exploring the innovative possibilities for advancing the value prospects amongst industry practices, scholar-practitioner engagement, and ever-evolving research concerning pivotal societal issues.

This year the Summit moves forward with the Rise of the Scholar-Practitioner theme as the impetus for focus. And as 2024 engages the many seminal events that are changing the world such as the increase in the "gig-economy," AI and technology, the relevance of education, and the challenges to diversity, to name a few, the theme capitalizes on the opportunities inherent within society while spotlighting them within research.

According to research by Horn (2002), the term "scholar-practitioner" is one inextricably placed within the perspectives of theory and practice. (Horn. It is a term that recognizes the collaboration between academia and practitioner. It is a collaboration that ensures the relevance of research to practice, witnesses the immediate impacts of research within practice, and ultimately informs theoretical underpinnings. (Mairin Hennebry-Leung et al., 2024).

The University of Phoenix is pleased to announce its upcoming virtual conference Knowledge Without Boundaries (KWB) Summit and this year's theme entitled, "The Rise of the Scholar-Practitioner." In today's rapidly evolving landscape, the role of the scholar-practitioner has never been more crucial, and this dynamic theme embodies our commitment to fostering a culture where academic excellence meets practical application across all disciplines. As we embrace the spirit of "We Rise," we invite scholars, practitioners, educators, and industry professionals to join us in exploring innovative approaches, effective practices, and cutting-edge research and scholarship relevant to the academy and beyond.

In the coming weeks and months, look for opportunities to participate from presenting and moderating to taking part in our Dissertation of the Year nominations. We look forward to seeing everyone for a collaborative and innovative conference!

2024 Presidential Awards for DEIB Excellence

The Research, Scholarship, and Thought Leadership (RSTL) working group (within the UOPX President’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Council) is seeking nominations for the 2024 Presidential Awards for DEIB Excellence in a variety of categories.

2024 Presidential Awards for DEIB Excellence

Dissertation of the Year Nominations

We are excited to extend an invitation to all Dissertation Chairs, Committee Members, and other CDS Faculty to nominate students who have successfully defended their dissertations for the Dissertation of the Year Award.

The purpose of this award program is to recognize excellence in dissertation work among our doctoral students. Eligible for this annual award are students from the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies who have successfully passed their dissertation defense with only minor revisions.  Applications are due by July 31, 2024.

Dissertation of the Year Nominations


Horn, R.A. (2002), Winter). Differing perspectives on the magic of dialgue:Implications for a scholar-practitioner leader. Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly: A Journal for the Scholar-Practitioner Leader, 1(2), 3-6.

Mullen, Carol. (2003). What is a scholar-practitioner? K-12 teachers and administrators respond. 1. 9-26.

People in attendance at a conference

2024 summit benefits:

  • Research networking potential with over 500+ participants
  • Opportunities for presenters to enhance their CV through professional conference presentation
  • Opportunities for doctoral students to present
  • Aspirational calls for future research
  • Dissertation of the Year winner’s and recognition for their research
  • Keynote speakers and special guests
  • Digital badges for presenters that highlight their role as selected conference presenter
  • Scholarship for faculty towards yearly goals if presenting

Questions? Email any of the conference designers:

Rodney Luster-Communications/Guest Speaker selections -

Kimberly Underwood-Presenter communications/selections/scheduling,DEIB awards -

Mansureh Kebritchi-Dissertation of the Year nominees/selection,communications -