Find out which ACCP professors have won research awards

Their work is broad: studying how to support multilingual communities, researching ways to improve workforce development for college graduates with disabilities, exploring how guidance systems in community schools can connect students to services needed and even find out how an app can help families talk more. on engineering.

Faculty at the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) are studying these concepts and five have been shortlisted for the 2022-2023 Annual Research Excellence Awards.

This competitive seed grant program provides initial support to proposed collaborative research projects that have strong potential to attract external funding. Recipients receive funding from CCPA and the Research Division.

Here is more information about the prizes and their research proposals:

Hoe Kyeung Kim, teaching, learning and instructional leadership

Hoe Kyeung Kim, Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership (TLEL), along with Sungdai Cho, Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, received $11,340 for their proposal, Supporting a Multilingual Community.

The study aims to investigate the influence of a person’s native language on how they acquire a reference system for learning to communicate in a different language – in this case, how English speakers transfer their understanding of their language to learn korean. Kim and Cho said they expect the results to reveal the reference language models learners used and help develop effective teaching methods.

Hyejung Kim, teaching, learning and instructional leadership; John Zilvinskis, Student Affairs Administration

Hyejung Kim, assistant professor of teaching, learning, and instructional leadership and John Zilvinskis, assistant professor in the Department of Student Affairs Administration, along with Brett Ranon Nachman of the North Carolina State School of Education, received $15,000 for their proposal, Pathway to employment in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for students with autism.

With the rise in autism diagnoses, research is focusing on the rising expectations of high school students with autism for college education in STEM fields, which would help diversify the workforce. Current rates of college enrollment and employment in STEM do not reflect these growing interests and needs. The research team plans to apply for major federal grants to support improved workforce development for college graduates with disabilities.

Naorah Rimkunas, teaching, learning and educational leadership and social work

Naorah Rimkunas, assistant professor of teaching, learning, and instructional leadership and the Department of Social Work, received $9,400 for her proposal, Equity-Focused Referral Systems in Community Schools.

In community schools, referral systems are used to mobilize support around academic, behavioral, social and emotional growth to help connect students to the services they need. Because little research has been done on the effectiveness of referral systems in community schools, this study uses mixed methods to explore the extent to which referral systems are implemented and whether they focus on equity, to facilitate future work in these schools.

Amber Simpson, Leadership in Teaching, Learning and Education

Amber Simpson, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Leadership, received $4,260 for her proposal, Using the Remind App to Engage Families in Engineering Discussions.

Based on research documenting how talking about science concepts with family and friends is one of the most influential informal learning experiences for developing and pursuing a career in STEM, research involves sending prompts through the app Remind family attendees every one to two weeks. . Goals include understanding how to use the app as a research tool, examining a change in how families view engineering concepts, and investigating changes in children’s decision-making about pursuing a career in engineering. engineer by discussing the subject with family members.

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