Welcome to the CETL Research Landing Page
Life University is dedicated to creating an environment and providing services that support research, scholarship and innovation across all departments, disciplines and program offerings at the institution. These activities are centrally coordinated through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), an administrative unit reporting to the institution’s Chief Academic Officer.
The CETL administers programs, compiles data, and provides pre- and post-award support to faculty, students and staff to advance the university’s research agenda as well as departmental priorities and individual plans for growth. Major programs managed by the CETL include:
This signature effort provides internal grant awards to support small-scale faculty-, staff- and student-led research and scholarly projects. It might be funding to test and evaluate neuro-based techniques in concussive research, complete an extended literature review on cultural competency and chiropractic education, or support collaboration between a team of investigators in nutrition and biopsychology to explore how mindfulness might influence healthy eating habits. CETL issues a call for applications each quarter, which are due by Noon on Monday, Week 8. Funded Projects applications are peer-reviewed by the Research Advisory Council. Final award decisions are made by the Chief Academic Officer in consultation with the Director. Click this link to download a copy of Funded Projects Instructions and Application. Or use this link for a rubric by which these projects are evaluated.
Life University recognizes that students must be introduced to and supported to engage in research and related activities early and throughout their matriculation at the university. This activity is critical to producing the next generation of researchers and thought leaders. Toward that end, the Research, Innovation, Service and Education — RISE — Scholarships provide opportunities for full-time equivalent students to compete for scholarship funding while working under the mentorship of a Life University faculty or staff advisor on research or other evidence-based education, service, entrepreneurial or creative project. Scholarship slots are equally divided between the College of Chiropractic and the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Pending satisfactory progress, scholarships are renewable each quarter and recipients have the funds — $2250 — applied toward their tuition. RISE scholarship applications are due by noon on Monday, Week 8. Click these links to download a copy of the RISE Guidelines and RISE Application Form.
To be eligible for a CETL Student Travel Award, students must be accepted to make a presentation of a poster, paper, workshop, or creative work at a conference, symposium, or other gathering recognized by a professional association conducting work in or related to the field of study. Students pursuing travel award funding must work with a Life University faculty or staff member who will agree to serve as a mentor, which includes providing guidance and feedback to the student (or team of students) during the ideation, planning and preparation process. Travel awards cover up to 80% of registration, travel, lodging and per diem costs. Applications are reviewed by the Research Advisory Council and are due by noon on Monday of Week 8. Click this link to download a copy of the CETL Student Travel Application.
RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY, CREATIVE WORKS AWARDS
This annual program advances LIFE’s ongoing commitment to developing, acknowledging and rewarding excellence in the broad range of research and scholarship being carried out on campus and in collaboration with other investigators locally, nationally and in other countries. Administered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works program is open to faculty and staff at all ranks and from all departments and programs. Calls for applications are made annually, and projects being considered must have been published or presented no more than one year prior to submitting the application. Applications are peer-reviewed by the RSCW Awards Committee and ranked as exceptional, exemplary, or commendable based on degree of quality, degree of effort, timeliness of effort and importance to the mission of Life University. Awards can range from $500 to $2,500. Click this link to download a copy of the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works guidelines. Applications are submitted using the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works Awards Application template in DocuSign.
How to fill out a DocuSign template for the Research, Scholarly, Creative Works Award
- Log into your DocuSign account through Life University at app.docusign.com.
- Select “Templates” from the header.
- Locate from All Templates the one entitled “Research, Scholarly, Creative Works Award” and select “Use” on the right-hand side next to this option.
- Use the screen that pops up to fill out your information (as the Primary Author); here you will identify any and all co-authors by entering their names and email addresses in the text boxes set out. Delete any co-author fields you do not need by selecting the “X” to the right of each unwanted field.
- Once all applicable names are entered, select “Send” at the bottom of the page.
- Select “Sign Now.”
- Fill out all required fields. If you do have co-authors, add their contribution and percent of effort to “Authorship Form.”
- Remember to add the requested materials as attachments to the bottom of the application under “Appendices.” You will be able to add multiple attachments via the same attachment icon.
- Select the “Finish” button in the upper right of the screen.
- You are all set! Your template will now be sent to the next person on the recipient list, starting with Co-Author 1 (if you had one) and working its way down. The co-author will be contacted by email to sign the “Authorship Form” in the appropriate spot.
- Refer to this video from DocuSign as needed.
The future of the profession rests with every new generation of chiropractors. In an ongoing contribution to the growth and development of the next generation of chiropractic researchers and practitioner-scientists, the College of Chiropractic is committed to supporting those students who have a desire to nurture their knowledge and skill in this very vital area of professional growth.
Within the graduation requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, there is an opportunity for self-motivated and self-directed students who are interested in completing a research project while completing their DC degree. This is done by completing “Research Track” academic requirements (also known as RT or “the Track”).
RT students are exempted from a few classes and are allowed to complete others through independent study (see more details below.) They actively participate in research and are occasionally called on the participate in research-related activities on behalf of the University. To graduate from the Track, they complete a chapter-based thesis, which follows the typical format of a manuscript intended for a peer-reviewed journal. They graduate with acknowledgement of their work noted on transcripts and during the graduation ceremony.
Positions in the RT are highly competitive. For a limited number of these positions, there are tuition scholarships available. Note that admission into the Research Track does not guarantee a tuition scholarship, as these are granted based on funding availability at the time. Involvement in the Research Track is intended to include multiple phases of a project, including:
- Further development of study design and literature search (note that a certain amount of design and search is necessary to produce a competitive application to the Track).
- Data collection and analysis: the actual conduct of research and the “number-crunching” that follows
- Manuscript preparation, submission to a conference or journal, and the peer-review process
- Conference presentation (note that conference travel costs may be partially funded by the university but require a separate application process)
- Journal publication
- Students can develop their own research studies or work on a new or existing study with a Life University faculty or staff member, or even a field doctor.
Life University offers an array of opportunities for students to become engaged in the research process. From developing your own research project to simply being engaged on an ambient level, there is an opportunity that can fit your time and interest level.
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD
The Life University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has the responsibility to oversee and review all research studies in which humans will be involved. For IRB documentation and procedures, please enroll in our Blackboard site: Institutional Review Board. For specific questions or for additional information, please contact our IRB Chairperson Dr. Jeff Rupp at IRB@LIFE.edu.
RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL
Life University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning receives support and advisement from a nine-member, cross-campus committee that serves to develop and support research policy, review and recommend research scholarships and provide oversight for the Funded Projects budget, which serves to support new and existing research initiatives with base-level research grants.