My research praxis is guided by my vision for the higher education system, my desire to actualize continuous improvements, and my professional and personal values. I am intensely intrigued by the promises and problems embedded in the higher education system. I strive to redesign macro and micro educational systems into equitable, inclusive, and open learning ecosystems. I am strongly outcomes-oriented, which I channel through applied research that advances constituent- and data-driven decision-making for continuous improvement. I am holistic in my research approach and utilize multiple measures and mixed methods. I am well-versed in qualitative research methods, can conduct basic quantitative statistical analyses, and have experience developing and using tools to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. I also have demonstrable experience rapidly learning and applying new methodologies, as needed, to best meet the purpose of specific research problems. My research praxis is aligned with my personal values. I value the inclusion and engagement of diverse perspectives, as it ensures that our initiatives better serve organizational mission, our decisions effectively respond to stakeholders’ needs, and our praxis facilitates the actualization of positive outcomes.
My personal research praxis is best exemplified through my experience as a Graduate Assistant to the LIS Chair, where I received extensive research training, support, and mentoring. In leading various research projects, I rapidly acquired a deep, intimate knowledge of the Department’s operational capacity and programmatic structures, our accreditation and institutional requirements, and conceptual frameworks to support continuous programmatic improvements. These projects also required that I be critically attuned to which stakeholder voices, perspectives, and needs were marginalized in decision-making processes. By negotiating changes to the Department’s processes and overall organizational culture, I created avenues for the perspectives of marginalized and underrepresented stakeholder groups to be considered in decision-making processes, better aligned the Department’s organizational structures with the University’s, and streamlined data collection, analysis, and communication processes to inform strategic decision-making and action. I model this outcomes-oriented, values-based research praxis throughout my research by utilizing multiple perspectives and mixed measures to ensure my contributions to our understanding of higher education result in tangible, strong, and positive impacts.