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Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
Zora Neale Hurston
Scholar-Practitioner Research Lab
The Scholar-Practitioner Research Lab (SPRL) is a research group comprised of staff from different departments across the UMB campus. We work together to develop relevant research questions, design and conduct studies, analyze data, present findings, write manuscripts, and publish.
Accepted for Publication
The Influence of Academic Discipline, Race, and Gender on Web-use Skills among Graduate-Level Students
Submitted to Journal
Empathy for Other Races among Graduate Medical, Health Sciences, and Human Services Students
Where do I stand? The Association of Subjective Social Status and Depression among Graduate-Level College Students
The Influence of Racial Microaggressions and Social Rank on Depression among High-Achieving Minorities
Educational Determinants of Subjective Social Status among Graduate and Professional Students
Learn about SPRL
While many of the processes in assessementt and research may be similar, there are two very important distinctions:
- Assessment guides good practice and typically has implications for only one institution.
- Research guides theory and tests concepts, and has broader implications for higher education (Erwin, 1991).
The recommended commitment is at least one year, or until a specific project is complete. Depending on the project, it can take more than one year to complete a study, write a manuscript, and potentially publish the results. It is important that members of SPRL stick with the group until the project they are working on is complete.
As a larger goup, SPRL meets as a group every six weeks for one hour. If separate groups are formed around specific research topics, those groups may meet more frequently.
Professional development sessions centered around research skills are also incorporated into the larger group meetings.
Dr. Flavius Lilly, Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate School
Whitney Brown, Student Engagement & Assessment
Bill Crockett, Office of Academic Affairs and University Recreation & Fitness (URecFit)
Dr. Jenny Owens, Student Engagement & Assessment and Graduate School
Dr. Michelle Pearce, School of Medicine
Amy Ramirez, Office of International Services
Phallon Perry, Office of Academic Affairs
Matt Lasecki, Human Resource Services
David Kloc, Human Resource Services
Dr. Mary Jo Bondy, Graduate School
Dr. TaShara Bailey, Office of Academic Affairs
Steven Deck, Environmental Services
Emilia Petrillo, Student Counseling Center
Dr. Jenna Silverman, Student Counseling Center
Dawn Shafer, School of Social Work
Dr. Larissa Odessky, Graduate School
Dr. Isabell May, Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate School
Chosen research topics vary based on the interests of the group. Here are a few examples: student learning, graduate students, underrepresented students, mental health and wellbeing, technology and online learning, student affairs administration and practice.
SPRL is an opportunity for you to be exposed to/gain skills in the following areas: research methods (theoretical and practical), manuscript writing, submitting manuscripts for publication, IRB process/IRB proposal writing, data collection and management methods, basic data analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and research ethics.
As a group, we also have the opportunity to inform future practices at UMB. Our research may help guide recruitment processes, impact student persistence through programs, create avenues for new degree programs, uncover important missing pieces in the education of health professionals, provide support for the development new programs for student health and wellness, etc.
We can put UMB on the map! We have a unique population and a great opportunity to contribute the body of research on Student Affairs topics, and contribute to the Student Affairs community.