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What you need to know about the new Research Hub for College of Doctoral Studies faculty, staff, students and alumni

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It has been a long journey since the first iteration of what we call the “Research Hub.” From modest beginnings of the creation of research centers that would be housed within the hub to a full staff engaged in conducting and exploring research within the College of Doctoral Studies, it began with aspirational strides

About Research Hub’s aspirational beginnings

Back in 2010, the College of Doctoral Studies began the long trek for establishing a research enterprise that would not only engage the vantage for establishing a reputation in the world of research, but also as an example for the aspiring scholar-practitioner.

During 2013-2014, positioning to set the conceptual framework in place began with the initial hiring of professional researchers to help launch the 21st century research-based centers. In this, the virtual home for the chairs would eventually become known as the "research hub." With the research enterprise’s auspicious beginnings, the web address for the research hub was established as The virtual platform and address would also become the home and workspace for the research centers for quite some time to come.

Since that time under the guidance of the Vice Provost Dr. Hinrich Eylers, the research hub, which began on a platform known as Drupal 7, the work of the centers has been proliferous, amassing a large inventory of content while also providing a place for researchers who have been interested in the work of the centers to join a community of scholars. For others, the hub has been utilized for the many resources offered, alongside the collaborative research work that has always taken place over the years.

How Research Hub has evolved

In 2017, the hub the hub evolved once again, becoming more streamlined in focus so that centers directly aligned to the university's core programs, as well, becoming a more crystalized tool for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage through the provisioning of workshops, an annual conference, opportunities to publish, research projects, funding, and more.

Around 2019, more conversations were explored concerning the usefulness of the hub’s existing platform on Drupal 7. A long and detailed analysis of better opportunities to migrate the hub became more urgent as we explored alternatives for a site that could be updated to meet our current needs.

In 2022, with the help of several key people like Andrea Smiley, VP for Public Relations for UOPX, and others, we were finally able to begin a strategic and realistic look at building an entirely new site. Work officially began conceptually on the new site in late August of 2022 and has now moved into an almost completed state.

What’s next?

The calendar year of 2023 will be an exciting time, offering us more possibilities for reaching more people when it comes to the work of the university's professional scholar practitioners. All affiliates on the current hub site will begin seeing communications about the changes.  

Now that we are a more incorporated force within the University’s use of AEM-Adobe Experience Manager, we can run faster and harder than ever before, alongside better SEO-Search Engine Optimization potentials.

We invite you to visit the new site at at your earliest convenience and click around to get acquainted with the location of content. The navigation links on the left side of the screen (top for mobile) serve as a table of contents to get you to the information you need quickly. If you have bookmarks for the old site, we encourage you to replace them with bookmarks for the new site.

As we embark on a new prospect for a wider spread audience and more efficient processes, we are looking at building up, rather than simply holding on to out-of-date and older resources. We encourage your collaboration with the chairs on new and exciting possibilities. We also know that change brings questions and so we have offered some initial answers to questions that you may have initially about Hub 2.0. 


Research Hub 2.0 is the next generation home to the research and scholarship enterprise within the College of Doctoral Studies. Built on the new Adobe Experience Manager platform, the research hub offers a dynamic array of content open to internal and external guests now and brings the pragmatics of effective and action-oriented research to the forefront of a larger community proposition, with top researchers exemplifying the University’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation.

As part of a learning culture, the centers engage intergenerational project teams to help enrich learning experiences focused on research, scholarship, and the discovery of new frontiers in knowledge through special interest groups.

Research Hub is now located on the University of Phoenix public website at

We’ve set up a redirect rule so that anyone trying to access the old site at will now go to the new site.

Faculty and staff educators, students, alumni and others who are looking for resources to help conduct research and share outcomes.

We’ve removed the login feature from Research Hub.

Faculty and staff may now collaborate behind secure login within the University’s sharepoint community.

Students can communicate with each other in the special Facebook and LinkedIn groups for University of Phoenix doctoral students and with teachers on eCampus Collaborate

For a limited time, we’re continuing to allow access to content on the old site. It will be shut down completely in Summer 2023.

In the near future, the links in Blackboard will be updated to take you to the corresponding location in the new site (if it exists).

Faculty and staff members of University of Phoenix who log into the university’s VPN may access content from the old site at

More questions? Email us at