Date of Award
Doctor of Education (Ded)
Professional Studies in Education
Kelli R. Paquette, Ed.D.
Susan Sibert, D.Ed.
Holly Travis, D.Ed.
The purpose of this study was to analyze and develop an in-depth understanding
of the characteristics of an R3, predominantly undergraduate institution of higher
education with a high-performing externally-funded research portfolio. This study used a
qualitative single-bounded case study approach and utilized a focus group structure for
the interviews. The research questions sought to identify the perceived factors,
characteristics, and resources believed to motivate researchers to participate and succeed
in externally-funded research.
Faculty researchers, the research administration staff, and the research leadership
comprised the target audience and focus group participants for this study. The results
revealed a cohesive infrastructure with high levels of mutual gratitude and respect among
the diverse groups of individuals and the entities that constitute the research
infrastructure. The collective efforts to support research, funded and unfunded, is
immense and strategic at this institution. The leadership embodies the definition of
transformational leadership by utilizing their personal experiences and knowledge to
create positive change, motivate and encourage, and build confidence among their
researchers. In addition, the leadership recognizes the need for continuous change and
improvement of the research infrastructure and actively acknowledge, seek, and act on
the needs of the research community. The leaders at this institution have actively
facilitated a culture shift to focus on research at a predominantly undergraduate,
teaching-focused institution. Likely, the most significant resource provided by this
institution and implemented by the current leadership is the course release provided to
faculty to begin and remain research-active throughout their academic tenure.
This study identified and explored the myriad of resources provided to faculty
researchers in the area of research and scholarship. Upon an analysis of the outcomes, the
study identified the characteristics of a successful model. Specifically, it identified the
perceptions and attitudes regarding infrastructural resources in support of research
activities. The results of this study will help doctoral level PUIs strengthen their faculty
scholarship base, develop a more robust and efficient infrastructure, and increase their
externally-funded research portfolio.
Eisenhower, Tracy, "Best Practices in Grantsmanship: A Case Study of a High-Performing Predominantly Undergraduate Institution" (2018). Theses and Dissertations (All). 1647.