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Phoenix Scholar

Periodical for research & scholarship

Phoenix Scholar showcases the commitment of University of Phoenix faculty, students and alumni to help foster the process of leading research through evidence-based practice. It serves as a dynamic and robust platform for sharing research results and outcomes and exploring their relationship to the broader scope of learning and scholarship.

The Phoenix Scholar is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Additionally, there is no charge for researchers who seek to publish within the periodical.

Current issue

Summer 2023

Volume 6, Issue 2

Special Edition

Applicable to both secondary and higher education, the changing role of how to best assess are highlighted in several articles that feature best practices and experimental methods.

In an era where the global landscape is evolving faster than ever, the role of education in shaping future leaders and thinkers has gained even more prominence and how, where, and when to assess is an important part of the metrics and dialog shared within this issue!  Don’t miss it!

Want to get published in Phoenix Scholar?

Submit your article for consideration to be included in a future issue.

Started in 2017, the Phoenix Scholar began as a periodical created for showcasing research conducted within the University of Phoenix, College of Doctoral Studies. Since then, the Phoenix Scholar has published more than 16 issues with 268 contributive articles, as well as receiving its own ISSN from the National Library of Congress. The primary areas for research the periodical seeks are contained within the following disciplines:

  • Education
  • Technology
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Healthcare
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Studies

Additionally, the focus remains on scholarship and practice within research where authors can share their current research, article reviews, conceptual papers, and empirical research, thereby extending  to the academic community at large,  and on a much broader scale to all communities with issues that affect society and the world.

The benefits of engaging the journal include:

  • Access to current topical issues within the social sciences.
  • Gaining a greater understanding regarding a variety of social science issues.
  • Helping support the readers' own research interests as reference material.
  • Helping guide those who seek to understand more on a specific topic or issue.

For researchers submitting, the periodical is a conduit for sharing and expanding their findings, exploring the potential of connecting with a broader audience, enhancing their own writing and authoring credentials, and contributing to the body of research on specialized topical matter.

The following are active and current members of the editorial board for the Phoenix Scholar.

Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D.-Vice Provost for the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies-Editor-at-Large

Erik Bean, Ed.D.-Associate Chair for the Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research-Editor

Challie Facemire Ph.D.-Editor and Designer

Rodney Luster, Ph.D., LPC-Senior Director of Research Strategy, Innovation, and Development, Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research, and Phoenix Scholar Director and Lead Designer.

Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D.-Chair for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research-Special Edition Editor

Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D.-Special Edition Editor-Chair for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research-Special Edition Editor

Eve Billings, Ph.D.-Dean of Academic Innovation and Evaluation-Special Edition Editor


Associate Peer Review Staff

Stella Smith, Ph.D.-Associate Research Chair for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research

Louise Underdahl, Ph.D.-Fellow for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research

Sandra Sessoms-Penny, Ed.D.-Fellow for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research

Joy Taylor, Ed.D.-Fellow for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research

This journal operates on an open peer-review process. The editor initially assesses the suitability of the submitted articles for the journal and sends the suitable articles to reviewers.  The articles are reviewed and evaluated by at least two independent expert reviewers. The reviewers judge the submissions’ significance, validity, quality, and originality.  The editor is responsible for the final decision of acceptance or rejection of articles.  

The journal uses open peer review, which means the identities of the authors and the reviewers are not concealed. Opening the review process encourages a more dialectical relationship between the reviewers and authors. It is also ethical and fair for authors to know who evaluates their submissions.

Authors’ Responsibilities

By submitting to the journal authors ensure and acknowledge that:

  1. Their submitted article is original and written by them.
  2. Their submitted article does not infringe on others’ rights, including intellectual property and privacy rights. 
  3. Their submitted article adheres to all research ethics guidelines, particularly where human or animal subjects are involved.
  4. The authorship of the article is accurately presented, and all coauthors are credited and have given consent for publication.


The Phoenix Scholar periodical allows authors to retain the copyright of their papers without restrictions however, all work accepted for the Phoenix Scholar must be the author's original work and not published or printed elsewhere.


The current call for the Phoenix Scholar is now open until July 7th. Summer submissions link


Subject Line:  Phoenix Scholar (Summer 2023) Theme, Higher Education Assessment

Call for Submissions!

Deadline: Friday, July 7th (extended from June 30th), 2023 (11:59 PM Phoenix Time)

The Phoenix Scholar™ is accepting submissions for its summer 2023 edition: Assessment and Institutional Research Innovations in Higher Education. We are interested in contributions that explore both academic and operational perspectives. How do academic teams measure student learning and how do these insights inform curriculum design, faculty development, and instructional design? What do student services teams consider when measuring success related to co-curricular initiatives? We welcome manuscripts focusing on emerging and established best practice in assessment at the programmatic and institutional levels, as well as across academic affairs, student services, and business units. 


The following types of manuscripts are acceptable:

  • Reports of innovative and/or exemplary practice in student learning assessment.
  • Articles discussing matters of concern to college administrators regarding assessment.
  • Critical reviews of significant literature, materials, and strategies related to assessment.
  • Summaries of research on assessment and institutional research translated into practical application.

Submissions from all faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged. Phoenix Scholar publication is counted toward fulfilling the requirement for UOPX faculty scholarly activities.

Deadline: The editorial deadline for consideration is July 7th, 2023. The final publication date is August 15, 2023 (Summer Edition). Submit your manuscript by C.O.B. (Close of Business) Friday, July 7th, 2023. Submission does not guarantee acceptance and all rejected articles will be notified at the time of publication in August 2023. All materials must be submitted at the SAME time. Piecemeal submissions will NOT be accepted.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Erik Bean (Summer Edition Managing Editor) at

Author Guidelines:

Articles should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words (excluding abstract, bio, and references), written in a third person authoritative writing voice, in APA style, 7th edition. Please also include a creative newsworthy title of no more than 15 words and an abstract of 100-150 words. Include a brief bio of each author (up to 100 words) and their relationship to the University of Phoenix or other schools as applicable. 

Submit all pieces in one Microsoft Word file, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced. 

Single space after each sentence. Do not double space after periods, as this is done automatically in InDesign.

All images in JPG or PNG format (Figures and Tables) must be submitted separately using the same title of the article. Include cutlines (description) of each image where it should appear in the manuscript. Number images appropriately that match cutline.  

All accompanying images and figures must be guaranteed royalty-free and be of the highest resolution possible. We suggest a minimum of 8 mega-pixels but prefer 18. All images and figures must be sent separately as a jpeg, jpg, or png, not within the Word document. Email images using the same naming convention as the article, but include the cutline number separated by a hyphen: 1, 2, and 3 at the of the file name, Example:  Smith_LeadershipStylesOf_6-30-23-1.

Past issues


Volume 6, Issue 1

In this special edition of the Phoenix Scholar, we focus on exploring adult learners’ teaching and learning challenges and approaches.


Volume 5, Issue 3

This special issue is dedicated to showcasing the fine work being done at University of Phoenix, with a singular focus on being the preeminent university serving working adults.


Volume 5, Issue 2

This edition of the Phoenix Scholar contains a collection of 20 white papers that were released by the UOPX Career Institute following the initial release of the Career Optimism Index.


Volume 5, Issue 1

This issue of the Phoenix Scholar is full of thought-provoking ideas that explore the realm of possibilities in a time when business is challenged more than ever and as employees rethink their own motivations and desires for continuing or reshaping their career goals.


Volume 4, Issue 2

Special Edition

In this edition, we share a collection of reflections from University of Phoenix leaders related to the challenges of the pandemic, responsive strategies and long-term impacts on our institution.


Volume 4, Issue 1

This issue captures various perspectives on the challenges facing a world that is overcoming the pandemic. It also focuses on the upcoming 2021 Knowledge Without Boundaries (KWB) Summit. 


Volume 3, Issue 2

Special Edition

In this special edition of the Phoenix Scholar, we critically and courageously examine diversity in various spaces, to include related topics of inclusivity, equity and belonging.


Volume 3, Issue 1

This edition of the Phoenix Scholar helps illuminate the inquiry and issues of working and living in the “new normal" of a world impacted by COVID-19 and how University of Phoenix adapted operations and processes to a sense of immediacy.

Pre-2020 issues


Volume 2, Issue 4 


Volume 2, Issue 3


Volume 2, Issue 2


Volume 2, Issue 1


Volume 1, Issue 4 


Volume 1, Issue 3


Volume 1, Issue 2


Volume 1, Issue 1

Call for submissions

We encourage you to submit articles that summarize your presentations, best practices and contributions to the literature, as well as the practice.

The Phoenix Scholar accepts submissions for article content within and external to the university. For further details on submission criteria, see requirements below, or you may contact the editorial department at

Submissions must follow all protocol outlined for the periodical and applicants should understand that the publication does receive a number of submittals and reserves the right to decline submissions that are not matching the quality or content objectives of issues in planning.

  • All articles must be submitted in APA style using Microsoft Word.
  • We recommend maintaining a third person voice.
  • Please proofread all materials before submitting and do not use a double space after a period.
  • Maximum word count for feature type stories is 1,200 to 1,500. Any exceptions to this must be approved before submission with the editors. Do not include images or figures inside the document.
  • Images must be emailed separately. Articles should include cutlines that are correspondingly numbered to each image. No more than three images per article, please.
  • All accompany images and figures must be guaranteed royalty free and be of the highest resolution possible. We suggest a minimum of 8 mega-pixels, but prefer 18. All images and figures must be sent separately as a jpeg, jpg, or png, not within the Word document. Email images using the same naming convention of the article, but include the cutline number separated by a hyphen: 1, 2, and 3 at the of the file name. Example: smith-leadership-styles-of-01-15-18-1.
  • All in-text links need to be added as comments in the word document. So the comment should be over the word the link should be associated with.
  • Limit the use of bold or italics in text to a max of three. This does not include the reference section or section headers.
  • If using scare quotes use quotation marks and not single quotes, as required in APA.
  • Each submission must be a separate word document.
  • Do not double space after periods.
  • Do not offset new paragraphs or the reference section, all paragraphs and references should sit flush with the margin of the word document.
  • Save article name using author last name, underscore, the first three words of the proposed title, underscore, and the six digit date of the preceding publication quarterly deadline, for example: Smith_LeadershipStylesOf_01-15-18
  • Articles are only accepted under first rights and should not be under consideration from any other publication nor have been previously published (Center chairs and their fellows are exempt from this stipulation if the piece had been published on The Hub). If accepted all materials are copyrighted by Phoenix Scholar™ under first rights. Once published authors may submit such pieces to other publications of their choice.
  • The editorial deadline for consideration is March 15 and September 15, respectively before the next published edition.
  • Final publication dates are May 15 and November 15.
  • These guidelines are subject to change at any time.


Note for faculty in California 

This is a non-compensable activity. Participation in College of Doctoral Studies calls for proposals and activities are not job related, there is no benefit or detriment to participation, no unwritten expectation that you participate, and no critical work information will be conveyed.

Phoenix Scholar™ is published biannually, May and November, by the Office of Scholarship Support in conjunction with the College of Doctoral Studies (CDS). All rights reserved. The views expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect that of the editorial board or CDS.