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Successful Long Distance Relationships: Conducting Cross-Institutional Statistics Education Research. Leigh Slauson Capital University Georgette Nicolaides Syracuse University. CAUSEmos Research Clusters. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Successful Long Distance Relationships: Conducting Cross-Institutional Statistics Education ResearchLeigh SlausonCapital UniversityGeorgette NicolaidesSyracuse University

  • CAUSEmos Research ClustersThe purpose of the research clusters was to bring together individuals interested in becoming part if a statistics education research community.

    Three to four participants were mentored for two years by a member of the CAUSE Research Advisory Board.

    There was a formal plan designed to guide us in exploring a problem of mutual interest.

    The first year was dedicated to reviewing the literature.

    The second year was dedicated to carrying out a pilot study and later a more complete research project.

  • USCOTS Research Clusters - GeorgetteMBA in Operations ManagementNon-Tenure Track job at R1 business schoolApplying to PhD programs, so publications a significant concern for me

    Member of a cluster withJennifer Bergamo - Onondaga Community CollegeAyesha Delpish - Elon UniversityNyaradzo Mvududu - Seattle Pacific University

  • USCOTS Research Clusters - LeighPh.D in Mathematics Education from Ohio State.Dissertation topic was Statistics EducationTenure track job at a small liberal arts institution in a math department.Publication & presentations were a significant concern for me

    Member of a cluster with

    Herle McGowan - North Carolina State UniversityJackie Wroughton - Northern Kentucky UniversityTara Cope - SUNY Adirondack

  • Literature ReviewIn the sciences, increased knowledge an important goal, but incentives influences output. (Acedo et al, 959)

    In management, a tendency for co-authored papers to be quantitative in nature, while many single-authored papers are qualitative (Acedo et al, 964)Co-authorship yields increased productivity and visibility, both of which are positively correlated with increased salary. (Leahey 536)Research specialization also positively correlated with increased salary. (Leahey 537)

  • Survey Results (Mvududu)

    Comments:"A chance to meet with people who have similar research interests (and consider them "real" research). A chance to bounce ideas off of an experienced researcher, so as to improve them.""My fellow cluster members are very knowledgeable, and the mentors have been very helpful with their advice and sharing of their experiences."

  • Benefits of CollaborationResponsibility to collaboratorsHaving a scheduled conference call once a month (or more frequently) really helped to keep from pushing research to the back burnerHaving assigned tasks forced us to finish something for each call and pushed our research along

    Variety of perspectivesOften took time to discuss other teaching related issues (many of us are "isolated statisticians" in our locations)Having three different voices, as well as the experienced research advisory board, reflect on each stage of the research project was invaluable. The quality of the research produced was vastly improved by the collaboration

    Professional involvement beyond initial projectJackie's activity webinar this summer

  • Challenges of collaborationScheduling and logisticsFour very busy young professorsTeaching loads were heavy for some participants

    Institutional differencesTrying to do a stat ed research project in four different types of statistics classes

    IRB concerns at multiple institutionsThere were some major differences in the IRB requirements at each institution. Leigh's and Georgette's were incredibly restrictive, while other institutions had more relaxed standards.

  • ProductionGeorgette's Research ClusterPresentation at JSM Vancouver

    Paper presented at STRL 2011 - Netherlands

    Poster at USCOTS 2011- Raleigh, NC

    Currently working on a paper to be submitted to JSE November 2011

    Plans for two additional papers

  • ProductionLeigh's Research Cluster:

    Two presentations at JSM Vancouver and JSM Miami(2010 and 2011)

    Paper presented at STRL 2011 - Netherlands

    Poster at USCOTS 2011- Raleigh, NC

    Currently working on a paper to be submitted to JSE December 2011

  • Other parting words of wisdom....

  • References

    Acedo, F.A., Barroso, C., Casanueva, C, and Galan, J.L. "Co-Authorship in Management and Organizational Studies: An Empirical and Network Analysis." Journal of Management Studies 43:5.Leahey , E. "Not by Productivity Alone: How Visibility and Specialization Contribute to Academic Earnings." American Sociological Review 72.