It has been a minute since I’ve updated the blog. Somehow, a majority of the fall semester has gone by and today’s my last day “in the office” before taking some time off. Penn State just has three more weeks before our long Winter Break and I’m hoping that means some long days for focusing on this research project.
And to be honest, my research has slowed a bit this semester. I’ve been slowly working on a manuscript from the first set of findings that Ally got rolling for us before she left in June. The current timeline is to submit the paper to the journal by the end of this year, which feels more possible each time I open up the Google Doc to edit. There’s definitely another paper from our first set of interviews, waiting to be written, and I’m hoping that with this first manuscript off, I can return to our interviews and findings. Beyond journal articles, I’m also considering other venues within higher education (like Inside Higher Ed or the Chronicle) that might be interested in a piece around this method and student engagement at a university.
I’m also somewhat on track to start the second round of interviews with students at our Commonwealth campuses in January and February 2021. The IRB is being reviewed, the hiring process has been started on two new undergraduate research assistants, and the interview questions have been given a first round of updates. I got to spend some time today developing the syllabus/curriculum for the new UGR assistants and I’m so excited to have them join the team. It will be good to conduct the interview again and learn more about the student engagement journeys at the Commonwealth campuses. The pandemic will definitely add a new layer but I look forward to better understanding how our students had adjusted to this semester and getting engaged.