Research at Endicott

Research at Endicott College is an important element in the academic programs of our undergraduate and graduate students. For our undergraduates, it is part of the culminating activity for all seniors, each of whom creates an original thesis project that involves in-depth study and discovery research in an area of interest within their major. Throughout their academic careers, students have the opportunity to participate in faculty research or to initiate independent study projects with faculty mentors in their areas of interest.

Graduate research at the Van Loan School supports faculty scholarship, publication, policy making, and problem solving, while contributing to the academic vitality of an academic community. All Endicott faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to engage in a broad range of research, scholarship, and innovative activities that contribute to larger disciplinary, professional, and campus discussions.

In addition to research done by students and faculty, there are 3 comprehensive Research Centers at Endicott.

The Endicott College Research Center conducts research and evaluation designed to inform educational policy and leaders at the state, national, and international levels using a variety of instruments. The Office of Institutional Research, as part of the Endicott Research Center, provides statistics and information to support the College in meeting its mission.

The Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) offers services for organizations and projects of all sizes and contexts, both within and outside of the Endicott community. 

The National Center for Student Parent Programs is a national hub for program development, research, and advocacy in support of students attending college while raising children. The initiatives of the center bring together scholar-experts, college and university leaders, and policy makers to improve academic, familial, and career success for college student-parents across the United States.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research at Endicott College takes place in several ways. The culminating activity for all seniors is the creation of an original thesis project that involves in-depth study and discovery research in an area of interest within the major. The students' internship experiences often become sources of inspiration and data for their thesis projects. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in faculty research or to initiate independent study projects with faculty mentors in areas of student interest. The collaborative relationship between student and faculty member often leads to co-authored publications and conference presentations. Undergraduate research broadens students’ understanding of their chosen disciplines and gives them a competitive edge when seeking employment or applying to graduate schools.

Focus on Undergraduate Faculty/Student Research

Associate Professor of Psychology John Kelley has worked with several Endicott students on independent study research projects.  For example, Dr. Kelley and Rebecca Malouf '11 published a paper in the peer-reviewed journal, Evolutionary Psychology, titled "Blind Dates and Mate Preferences: An Analysis of Newspaper Matchmaking Columns." For more information on this and Dr. Kelley's collaborative faculty/student research.

Graduate Research

Research at the Van Loan School supports faculty scholarship, publication, policy making, and problem solving, while contributing to the academic vitality of an academic community. Van Loan School faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in a broad range of research, scholarship, and innovative activities that contribute to larger disciplinary, professional, and campus discussions. Students develop classroom research skills that encourage them to move beyond their academic course-work and participate in independent and faculty-student research initiatives.

Focus on Graduate Faculty Research

Dr. Michael Dorsey is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. He is a professor of education and the director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies at the Van Loan School. Dr. Dorsey is also the chair of the Practice Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. His research focus is on autism, challenging behaviors, and public policy. The scope of his research and his publications are available for review.

Doctoral Research

Doctoral students at Endicott write a dissertation: a piece of original research that contributes to their fields of study. Typically, students begin by reviewing the literature to identify questions that current scholarship has not yet explored. They then carry out a study that addresses those questions, using rigorous methods of data collection, analysis, and reporting that meet the highest academic standards. Doctoral research prepares students to be scholar practitioners with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for professional leadership careers in health, education, business, industry, government, and non-profits.  

For program information: Doctoral Programs of Study

Focus on Doctoral Faculty Research

Lynne M. Celli, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Education Programs

Dr. Lynne M. Celli has been actively researching, writing, publishing, and presenting. Her focuses have been the preschool to Ph.D. spectrum, the role of higher education faculty in the 21st century, and the creation of connections on college and university campuses. Dr. Celli has been presenting and chairing panels at International Journal Arts and Sciences’ conferences and with other international educational organizations.

A complete list of Dr. Celli's publications and professional presentations is available on her faculty profile page.

Focus on Doctoral Student Research

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Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Concentration

 

Mark Carlson, the turn-around president of an educational non-profit, is earning his doctorate in higher educational leadership and administration.  Mark’s dissertation research study explores the role of trustees in capital decisions in three small, private colleges.

 

More Doctoral student research profiles.

 

 

Endicott Research Center (ERC)

Using a variety of instruments, the Endicott College Research Center conducts research and evaluation designed to inform educational policy for leaders at the state, national, and international levels. Recent accreditation research includes the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools. The Research Center has developed a School Performance Survey that has been used in schools in the United States and abroad. Our evaluation instruments are used all over the world and are currently available in 22 languages. Our surveys are seen by hundreds of thousands of students, parents, and teachers.

In addition to external research work, the Endicott Research Center has significant responsibilities at the College. The ERC, which is the liaison to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, oversees College-wide accreditation, strategic planning, mission, assessment, compliance and regulations.  Research Center staff are involved in the day-to-day life of the College through teaching, student advising, and collegial work with all administrative departments on campus.

Contact Information: Peter Hart, lehart@endicott.edu, (978) 232-2058

Institutional Research and the Endicott Research Center
The Office of Institutional Research, as part of the Endicott Research Center, provides statistics and information to support the College in meeting its mission. Internal research initiatives include data support for decision making, benchmarking, assessment, and community awareness. External reporting initiatives fulfill government requirements and provide official data to regulatory agencies and publications.

Contact Information: Donny Femino, dfemino@endicott.edu, (978) 232-5201

Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG)

PERG offers program evaluation and research services for organizations and projects of all sizes and contexts, both within and outside of the Endicott community.  PERG is recognized as one of the few evaluation groups in the country that has the capacity and diversity of expertise to address the broad range of projects included in our work. In addition, PERG is valued by our clients and funders as a contributor to the larger effort of education reform. The group designs evaluations that investigate how and why, as well as whether, a particular program is succeeding or failing in its implementation. We share the view that evaluation is, primarily, a cooperative effort directed at program improvement and, secondarily, conducted for the purpose of providing a critical assessment of whether and to what extent program goals have been attained.

Contact Information: Dr. Debra Smith, drsmith@endicott.edu, (978) 816-7634

The National Center for Student Parent Programs

The National Center for Student Parent Programs works to promote programming, research, and policy in support of comprehensive student parent services that offer parenting students the opportunity to: live in campus-based residential housing with their children, obtain access to early childhood or K-12 education programs for their children, and receive other supports through additional college and university programming. We believe that colleges and universities have the opportunity and ability to directly affect student parent success. We work directly with colleges and universities to develop programs that facilitate postsecondary strategies for two-generation mobility, and we conduct research and policy advocacy work in support of such programs at local, state, and national levels.

Contact Information: Dr. Autumn Green, agreen@endicott.edu, (978) 232-5232 

Institute for Behavioral Studies

The Institute for Behavioral Studies was established in 2007 to afford students the opportunity to focus on academic curricula related to the study of the applied behavior analysis. Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory, that will improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).

Contact Information: Dr. Malcom L. Patterson, mpatters@endicott.edu, (978) 232-2935 

Center for Oral History

Founded in 2007, the Endicott Center for Oral History promotes and facilitates the collection, preservation, and analysis of interview-based research and related audio projects. The center also seeks to educate students, faculty, and community members in the methods, protocols, and professional and ethical standards of oral history.

Contact Information: Michael Kilburn, mkilburn@endicott.edu, (978) 232-2147


Grants & Partnerships

Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore (LSCNS)

Formally established in 2012, by Endicott College, Gordon College, Salem State University, North Shore Community College, and North Shore InnoVentures, the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore came together with the following mission and goals:

Workforce Development and Training

  • Educate students in the life sciences, industry best practices, and next generation instrumentation
  • Expand opportunities for internships and employment of graduates
  • Provide additional training for incumbent workers in the region

Collaborative Industry Support

  • Improve the instrumentation at non-profit institutions for training and use by new companies and promote collaborative efforts between industry and academia
  • Provide resources to foster the success of new companies

LSCNS has a number of industry partners that include New England Biolabs, Sage Science, and Enzymatics.  The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center became a significant partner in 2014 by providing a capital program grant to help build new facilities and purchase instrumentation for use by academia and industry.

Contact Information:  Dr. Gene K. Wong, gwong@endicott.edu, (978) 232-2311

Gloucester Project

Endicott College Gloucester's  long-term partnerships with Maritime Gloucester and Ocean Alliance have provided significant benefits throughout the Endicott community. Student internships, academic retreats and programs, marine research, access to research vessels, robotic sailing competitions, and joint programming with organizations directly on Gloucester Harbor offer unique academic opportunities for students and faculty alike.

Maritime Gloucester (http://maritimegloucester.org/)

Ocean Alliance (http://www.whale.org/)

Contact Information: Richard Weissman, rweissma@endicott.edu, (978) 232-2269

Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

The Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution has a mission to combine the awareness, knowledge, and experiences gleaned in the classroom within the areas of religion, peace and conflict studies, politics, ethics, and history in an effort to propel students into experiences and communities in the real world where they may apply these newfound ideas and skills. The center provides a centralized location to energize students to actions that will help them and members of the community apply their skills to problem solving and conflict resolution, both at home and abroad.

Contact Information:  Dr. Erin Saxon, esaxon@endicott.edu, (978)-232-2016

The National Center for Student Parent Programs

The following partner institutions are currently involved in programming and/or research project partnerships with the The National Center for Student Parent Programs at Endicott College:

Keys to Degrees Partner Institutions

Research Study of Baccalaureate Student Parent Programs

Jeremiah-Endicott Boston Partnership Pilot

Contact Information: Autumn Green, agreen@endicott.edu, (978) 232-5232

Institutional Review Board

Endicott College is committed to the highest ethical, professional, and legal standards in all matters relating to research using human subjects. Endicott students and personnel engaged in research involving human subjects are required to follow the Endicott College Guide for Approval of Human-Subjects Research. Guidelines may be found in the Endicott College Faculty Handbook, on MyEndicott under IntraNet Faculty Resources and at academic department offices. The following must be considered when proposing and/or conducting research involving human subjects:

  • Faculty or supervisors should consult the Institutional Review Board (IRB) with questions regarding exemption standards or informed consent protocols.
  • Any thesis research involving Endicott students as subjects is discouraged and must be approved in advance by the thesis course instructor and the student’s dean before advancing to any necessary IRB review.
  • Research proposed by external investigators involving the use of Endicott students must be approved by the IRB.

Completed documentation of approved projects will be stored at the office of the appropriate academic department and the office of the vice president and dean of the undergraduate college. Any projects requiring approval of the IRB will also be stored by the chair of that committee.


Submission Date

Response Date

September 7, 2016

October 2, 2016

October 5, 2016

October 30, 2016

November 2, 2016

December 4, 2016

December 7, 2016

January 8, 2017

January 11, 2017

February 5, 2017

February 8, 2016

March 4, 2017

March 7, 2017

April 1, 2017

April 4, 2017

April 29, 2017

May 2, 2017

May 27, 2017

May 30, 2017

June 24, 2017

Jun 27, 2017

July 22, 2017

July 25, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 22, 2017

September 16, 2017

Future submission dates TBD


Contact Information: Please email a completed copy of the proposal submission form to the chair of the IRB committee, Nathalie Saltikoff, Associate Professor, nsaltiko@endicott.edu.

2016-17 Committee Members:
Riche Barnes

Lynne Celli
Sarah Dhilla
Michael Dorsey
Laura Douglass
Peter Hart
Laurel Hellerstein
Chrystal Porter
Debra Smith
Justin Topp
Martha Farmer
Alefiya Albers

RESEARCH

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FACULTY RESEARCH

Faculty engage in a broad range of research, scholarship, and innovative activities that contribute to larger disciplinary, professional, and campus discussions. Faculty research informs teaching and engages our students.

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STUDENT RESEARCH

Undergraduates engage in research in coursework, with faculty mentors, and as part of their internships. Research broadens understanding of a discipline, and is a competitive edge when seeking employment and/or applying to graduate schools.

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GRANTS & RESEARCH

Endicott encourages the exploration of knowledge through its teaching, and research activities help to develop and create knowledge. Part of that research takes place in our research centers and partnerships.