Event Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 to Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Event Location: Library 222
Resources from this event
The Art of Writing Proposals (by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon)
For the final event of the Research Methodology Course, SF State (ORSP) is co-hosting a Research Methodology Summer Institute. This is a selective, cohorted, three-day Workshop in our Library to support faculty who would like immersive and guided research and proposal development.
The Summer Institute will be led by Joseph G. Johnson, Naus Family Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Miami University, Ohio. SF State faculty also will be serving as mentors and group leaders.
The Summer Institute will provide ongoing hospitality, and is free to all participants.
The three Summer Institute days (Monday June 9, Tuesday June 10 and Wednesday June 11) will consist of the following: (note - At the end of each day following group and individual work, Institute participants will gather in the Faculty Commons for refreshments, feedback and discussion.)
Day 1: Getting started
- Introduction to scientific process, incremental progress vs. paradigm change, etc.
- Framing research questions: Use of existing literature, identifying open questions
- Theories, models, hypotheses
- Descriptive vs. relational vs. quasi-experimental vs. experimental
- Types of validity
- Writing good hypotheses (testable, falsifiable, parsimonious, etc.)
- Identifying key variables, Operational definitions, Controls for confounds
Day 2: Before you write
The goal of these sessions is to create the necessary rudiments of a research idea and design according to the principles from Day 1, and then to understand how to best convey this information to external audiences (funding agencies).
- Working in partnerships/groups to evaluate prepared hypotheses, variables, etc.
- Basic vs. applied research; relate to “broader impact”
- Considerations: Audience, pitch, and scope
- “Hourglass” model of presenting research proposals
- WORKING SESSION to draft proposal outline using worksheet, annotated model, coaching
Day 3: Putting it all together
At the conclusion of this final day of the workshop, participants should have an extended outline that is easily turned into a draft proposal.
- Additional time to review outline
- Partners/groups convene to discuss outlines
- Q/A with session leaders, who will also use prepared examples drawn from those sent prior
- Introduction of example “annotated outline”
- ** WRITING TIME IN FOCUSED GROUPS W/ COACHING **
- Additional Q/A, assessment and feedback on workshop
Joseph G. Johnson is an Associate Professor in Psychology and Naus Family Faculty Scholar at Miami University in Oxford, OH. His research interest is in cognitive processes underlying human decision making, with a special focus on methodology and analysis. He has served on review panels for NSF, NIH, and other government agencies and private funders, and has been awarded multiple NSF grants with total funding near $1M. He is also an Associate Editor for Judgment and Decision Making and has reviewed manuscripts for over 20 other journals. He has conducted workshops, seminars, and faculty learning communities as an associate with Miami U’s Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and University Assessment, in addition to organizing numerous research symposia, workshops, and conferences.