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Research in Action

Research in Action is a weekly podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education from experts across a range of disciplines. Episodes are posted weekly and include guest interviews and occasional solo episodes. Guests are from a range of higher education institutions and share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and much more. Some weeks, bonus content is also posted. Research in Action is hosted by Dr. Katie Linder, the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus. Show notes with information regarding topics discussed in each episode, as well as the transcript for each episode, can be found at the Research in Action website at ecampus.oregonstate.edu/podcast. There are several ways to connect with the Research in Action podcast. Visit ecampus.oregonstate.edu/podcast to post a comment about a specific episode, suggest a future guest, or ask a question that could be featured in a future episode. You can also offer feedback about Research in Action episodes or share research-related resources by contacting the podcast via Twitter @RIA_podcast using the hashtag #ria_podcast or emailing riapodcast@oregonstate.edu. Finally, you can call the Research in Action voicemail line at 541-737-1111 to ask a question or leave a comment. The Research in Action podcast is a resource funded by Oregon State University Ecampus – ranked one of the nation’s best providers of online education with more than 40 degree programs and over 1,000 classes online. Learn more about Ecampus by visiting ecampus.oregonstate.edu. This podcast is produced by the Ecampus Multimedia team.
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Jul 24, 2017

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-3:56]: The Importance of Reflection for Researchers

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Jul 24, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-5:34]: Tasha Discusses the Identity Confusion of Transitioning to a New Research Area

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Jul 24, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Tasha Wyatt, an Educational Researcher at the Educational Innovation Institute at the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to this position at Augusta University, she facilitated professional development at the University of Hawaii where she implemented a program that taught pre-service and in-service teachers pedagogical strategies best-suited for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. Within health sciences research, her interests include assisting students to develop patient ownership, developing educational researchers, and leveraging the cultural assets of faculty and students in medicine.

Segment 1: Unexpectedly Transitioning to a New Research Area [00:00-13:07]

In this first segment, Tasha shares how she found herself unexpectedly transitioning to a new research.

Segment 2: Staying Engaged with More than One Field [13:08-23:08]

In segment two, Tasha shares how she keeps on foot in her original discipline while also working in a new research area.

Segment 3: Examples of Medical Education Research Projects [23:08-35:13]

In segment three, Tasha shares about some of her current projects.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-5:34]: Tasha Discusses the Identity Confusion of Transitioning to a New Research Area

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-3:56]: The Importance of Reflection for Researchers

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Jul 10, 2017

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-3:56]: Dan Recommends Ways to Stop Fake News

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Jul 10, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:12]: The Responsibility of Social Media Platforms to Respond to Trolls

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Jul 10, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Dan Faltesek, Assistant Professor of Social Media, New Media Program in the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University. Dan’s work connects the structural factors that confine social media companies and the actual interfaces of social networks. He explores how court decisions, technical standards, and financing shape online experience.

Segment 1: Research on New Media [00:00-17:35]

In this first segment, Dan shares some of the challenges of working with a research area that's constantly changing.

Segment 2: The Politics of Social Media [17:36-35:04]

In segment two, Dan discusses political factors that influence how social media is built and consumed.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:12]: The Responsibility of Social Media Platforms to Respond to Trolls

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-3:56]: Dan Recommends Ways to Stop Fake News

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Jul 7, 2017

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-11:53]: What Loraine and Sue Wish People Knew About Early-career Academics

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Jul 7, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:40]: Completing Multiple Revisions on a Journal Article

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Jul 7, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by two guests:

Dr. Loraine McKay is a lecturer at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, where she teaches in preservice and post graduate teacher education programs. She is currently program advisor in the Bachelor of Education program. Her teaching areas include inclusive education and literacy intervention. Loraine’s research interests align strongly with her passion for teaching. She was a classroom teacher for over twenty years in the primary education sector before leaving teaching to complete her doctoral studies. The topic for her PhD focused on the sociocultural factors that influence preservice teachers’ beliefs and practice during the transition into the profession, an area of interest drawn from her role as a beginning teacher mentor and university tutor. Her current research centers on developing teacher-identity and teachers’ capacity to work with students with learning difficulties. Loraine is interested in exploring the use of arts-based practices to explore the affective dimension of teaching and engagement in learning.

Dr. Sue Monk is a lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. Her PhD, in the areas of ethnomusicology and Latin-American studies, investigated the relationship between the artist and the state in Cuba, specifically the role of the music. She works with qualitative methodologies and draws on critical interculturalism and postcolonial frameworks. In transferring her research to the education field, she currently teaches in the field of sociology of education. Her current research investigates 'funds of knowledge' (Moll et al) amongst Latin American communities in her city, specifically amongst mothers and daughters. Her book The Politics of Differentiation in Education was published by Routledge in October 2016.

Segment 1: Early-career Researchers [00:00-16:27]

In this first segment, Loraine and Sue share about their experiences as early-career researchers.

Segment 2: Challenges of Being an Early-career Researcher [16:28-30:48]

In segment two, Sue and Loraine discuss some of the challenges of being an early-career researcher.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:40]: Completing Multiple Revisions on a Journal Article

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-11:53]: What Loraine and Sue Wish People Knew About Early-career Academics

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Jun 30, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-7:16]: John's CV of Failures

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Jun 30, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. John Nychka, Associate Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Vargo Teaching Chair, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta. John graduated from the University of Alberta in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science in Metallurgical Engineering, then went on to earn his Masters in Engineering from McMaster University in 1999 and his PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2004. He stayed on at Santa Barbara as a post doc, and then moved to become an assistant professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he returned home to Edmonton to join the University of Alberta. He teaches introductory materials engineering, communication, and capstone design courses, and his research is primarily about structural materials.

Segment 1: Research on Materials [00:00-11:53]

In this first segment, John shares about the different components of his research on materials.

Segment 2: Materials at the Interface [11:54-21:16]

In segment two, John describes the professional philosophy he uses to guide his research, teaching, and service.

Segment 3: Failure in the Research Enterprise [21:17-34:40]

In segment three, John shares about the importance of embracing failure as a researcher.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-7:16]: John's CV of Failures

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Jun 30, 2017

Take a listen to our July 2017 preview clips!

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Jun 23, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-07:04]: Choosing Long-term Projects as the Parent of a Young Child

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Jun 23, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Micky Lee, an Associate Professor of Media Studies and the Program Director of Asian Studies at Suffolk University, Boston. She has published one book, 19 journal articles and numerous essays on feminist political economy; telecommunications, new information and communication technologies; and media, information, and finance.

Segment 1: Balancing Research and Parenthood [00:00-11:12]

In this first segment, Micky share some her thoughts on balancing research and being a parent.

Segment 2: Support Structures for Successful Tenure as a Parent [11:13-18:28]

In segment two, Micky discusses the support structures and productivity strategies that help her research as a parent.

Segment 3: Productivity Strategies for Researchers Who are Parents [18:29-34:33]

In segment three, Micky recommends productivity strategies that help her research as a parent.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-07:04]: Choosing Long-term Projects as the Parent of a Young Child

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Jun 13, 2017

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-4:34]: Creating Open Educational Resources

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Jun 13, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:20]: Success Stories of Undergraduate Research

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Jun 13, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Kevin Ahern, a Professor of Biochemistry/Biophysics who has taken a very non-traditional path to becoming a professor.  A Beaver alum, Ahern received his Ph.D from OSU in 1986 and after post-doctoral work at UCSD, rejoined OSU as a business manager in 1989.  Transitioning to the instructional ranks in 1995, Ahern served there until he was promoted from Senior Instructor to Professor in 2014, a rank he currently holds.  Along the way, Ahern served as a scientific writer and editor with stints as contributing editor of Science Magazine, BioTechniques, and Genetic Engineering News.  His YouTube instructional videos have over 4,000,000 views and his three open educational resource textbooks have saved students almost $50,000,000.

Segment 1: Writing Creatively as a Researcher [00:00-11:58]

In this first segment, Kevin shares about some of the creative writing he does as a scientist.

Segment 2: Supporting Undergraduate Researchers [11:59-19:58]

In segment two, Kevin shares his experience supporting undergraduate researchers.

Segment 3: Best Practices with Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers [19:59-31:16]

In segment three, Kevin describes some strategies for effectively mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:20]: Success Stories of Undergraduate Research

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-4:34]: Creating Open Educational Resources

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Jun 5, 2017

Take a listen to our June 2017 preview clips!

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Jun 1, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Nyasha Junior, an Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015). Visit nyashajunior.com and follow her on Twitter @NyashaJunior.

Segment 1: Womanist Biblical Interpretation [00:00-13:12]

In this first segment, Nyasha shares about her book and current research project.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Text-based Research [13:13-23:07]

In segment two, Nyasha shares what its like to conduct text-based research.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Building a Platform as a Scholar [23:08-35:26]

In segment three, Nyasha discusses strategies she uses to promote her work such as developing a professional website.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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Jun 1, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-5:03]: How Ethan Got Started as a Happiness Researcher

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Jun 1, 2017

In this episode, Ethan shares about his research on happiness.

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Ethan McMahan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Western Oregon University. His research interests focus on hedonic and eudaimonic approaches to well-being, folk conceptions of happiness, and the relationship between nature and human well-being. His recent work examines how exposure to immersive simulations of natural environments impacts concurrent emotional state and, more broadly, how regular contact with natural environments may be one route by which individuals achieve optimal feeling and functioning. He has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the Journal of Happiness Studies, Personality and Individual Differences, and Ecopsychology, among other publications. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

Segment 1: Measuring Happiness [00:00-18:21]

In this first segment, Ethan describes the instruments researchers use to measure happiness.

Segment 2: How Can Researchers Be Happier? [18:21-33:23]

In segment two, Ethan shares strategies that researchers can use to be happier.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-5:03]: How Ethan Got Started as a Happiness Researcher

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May 29, 2017

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-03:50]: Juggling Multiple Writing Pipelines

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May 29, 2017

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-02:50]: Prioritizing Research Projects

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May 29, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Jennifer Herman, the first permanent director of the Center of Excellence in Teaching at Simmons College.  In this role, she develops and offers research-based professional development opportunities for faculty around teaching and scholarship and provides structured support for curriculum design at all curricular levels. She is currently a co-PI on three major grant-funded projects, regularly presents at both national and international conferences, and facilitates multiple high-impact signature programs, including course design institutes, a teaching institute for Harvard Medical School, and faculty writing retreats. She has also worked as a curriculum development consultant and faculty writing coach for over 10 years, including designing training programs and curricula for the U.S. Department of State and the New York State Small Business Development Center. She currently teaches education courses in the Health Professions Education doctoral program, and also has extensive teaching experience in writing, literature, and GMAT, GRE, and SAT test prep courses. Previously, Jennifer was the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning at Niagara University. She received her PhD in Higher Education from the University at Buffalo and her MA in International Training and Education from American University.

Show Notes

Segment 1: Prioritizing Research as an Administrator [00:00-10:19]

In this first segment, Jennifer shares about how she prioritizes research as a full-time administrator.

Segment 2: The Benefits of Writing Retreats [10:20-21:25]

In segment two, Jennifer discusses some of the benefits of communal writing retreats.

Segment 3: Working with a Writing Coach [21:26-33:15]

In segment three, Jennifer explains some of the logistics of working with a writing coach.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-02:50]: Prioritizing Research Projects

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-03:50]: Juggling Multiple Writing Pipelines

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May 19, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols is Associate Professor of History at Oregon State University and Director of OSU’s Center for the Humanities. He specializes in the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism, and globalization. In addition, he is an expert on modern U.S. intellectual, cultural, and political history, with an emphasis on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (1880-1920) through the present. He is author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard UP, 2011, 2015), co-editor and co-author, Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day (Oxford UP, 2008), Senior Editor, Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013), co-editor, Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (2017), and co-organizer and co-editor of the forthcoming Rethinking Grand Strategy (Oxford). He is at work on several new book projects. Nichols is a frequent commentator on air, online, and in print on the historical dimensions of contemporary U.S. foreign policy and politics. He is a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Segment 1: Isolationism and internationalism in U.S. foreign policy and politics [00:00-10:42]

In this first segment, Chris shares about some of his current research on isolationism.

Segment 2: Directing a Center for Humanities Research [10:43-21:03]

In segment two, Chris shares about his experience directing Oregon State’s Center for the Humanities.

Segment 3: Sharing Research with Broad Audiences [21:04-33:27]

In segment three, Chris discusses his strategies for sharing his research more broadly.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-04:34]: The Process of Being Nominated for a Carnegie Fellowship

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-06:46]: Defining Isolationism

Bonus Clip #3 [00:00-05:02]: Chris’s Work as a Carnegie Fellow

Bonus Clip #4 [00:00-06:29]: Chris’s Interpretation of Grand Strategy

Bonus Clip #5 [00:00-05:25]: The Relationship Between Isolationism and Internationalism

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