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Research Methodology Group Office Hours: Your Guide to Productive Consultations

By Stella Smith

Navigating the intricacies of research design and methodology can be a daunting task for students and faculty embarking on their academic journeys. To aid in this exploration, the Research Methodology Group at University of Phoenix hosts office hours that provide invaluable support and guidance in research endeavors. Here is what you can expect from such appointments and how they can be helpful in your academic pursuits.

Booking and Logistics

The process begins with an online booking system, offering convenience and flexibility for scheduling appointments. Whether you are a student seeking assistance with a dissertation or a faculty member refining your research approach, these appointments cater to diverse needs. Once scheduled, you can anticipate a dedicated slot for a one-on-one conversation with experts well-versed in research methodology group research methods.


Focus of Appointments

The primary focus of research methodology group office hours revolves around aiding individuals in understanding and refining their research design. This includes identifying the most suitable research approach and design tailored to the specific objectives. Moreover, these consultations facilitate alignment between research purpose, problem statement, and questions, ensuring clarity and coherence in the study's framework.

Beyond conceptualizing research, these sessions extend support to data analysis and interpretation. From navigating data analysis to deriving meaningful insights, guidance is offered in deciphering, organizing, and drawing conclusions from research findings. This assistance bridges the gap between raw data and actionable interpretations, enriching the overall quality of the research.

Hallmark of Office Hours

The hallmark of research methodology group office hours lies in their informal nature. Rather than rigid consultations, they foster an environment conducive to open discussions and collaborative problem-solving. 

Hallmark of Office Hours

Nature of Meetings

The hallmark of research methodology group office hours lies in their informal nature. Rather than rigid consultations, they foster an environment conducive to open discussions and collaborative problem-solving. These sessions are not just about dispensing information; they serve as dynamic conversations where questions are welcomed, ideas are exchanged, and guidance is tailored to individual needs.

Supporting Dissertation Chairs and University Research Methodologists

Notably, these appointments play a pivotal role in supporting the work of students' dissertation chairs and university research methodologists. By providing supplementary guidance and expertise, they complement the efforts of mentors and faculty members, aiding in the comprehensive development and execution of dissertation projects.

Maximizing Your Appointment

To make the most of your research methodology group office hours appointment:

  1. Come Prepared: Bring specific questions, ideas, or challenges you are facing in your research.
  2. Be Open to Feedback: Embrace constructive criticism and diverse perspectives to refine your approach.
  3. Engage Actively: Participate in the discussion, seek clarification, and leverage the expertise offered.
  4. Follow-Up: Implement the suggestions provided and consider following up for further guidance if needed.


Research methodology group office hours stand as a beacon of support, guiding students, faculty, and alumni through the intricate maze of research methodology. They offer a personalized approach to refining research design, analyzing data, and interpreting results. These sessions not only enrich individual projects but also contribute to the overall academic landscape by fostering a culture of collaboration and continuous learning. Embrace these appointments as invaluable opportunities to fine-tune your research endeavors, leveraging the expertise and guidance available to propel your academic journey forward. 

About the Research Methodology Group

The Research Methodology Group comprises a diverse assembly of researchers spanning multiple disciplines who possess expertise or a keen interest in social science research methodologies and designs. In addition to office hours,  we offer supplemental resources such as live and recorded webinars, short burst learning videos, and design discussion channels in our Microsoft Teams Group.

Research Methodology Group is led by Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D., and Stella Smith, Ph.D. at the College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix. If you have any questions, contact us at:

Stella Smith Ph.D.


Dr. Stella Smith serves as the Associate University Research Chair for CEITR and Associate Faculty in the College of Doctoral Studies at University of Phoenix. A qualitative researcher, Dr. Stella Smith's scholarly interests focus on the experiences of  African American females in leadership in higher education; diversity, equity, and inclusion of underserved populations in higher education, and P–20 educational pipeline alignment. Dr. Smith is a strong advocate for social justice and enthusiastic about creating asset-based pathways of success for underserved students.

Dr. Smith was recognized with a 2014 Dissertation Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and as part of the 2019 class of 35 Outstanding Women Leaders in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Dr. Smith earned her PhD in Educational Administration with a portfolio in Women and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.