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Dr. Montgomery

Monty Van Wart, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Fellow

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mvanwart@csusb.edu

Office Hours: Fridays 10:00 - 11:00am

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Montgomery Van Wart, Ph.D.

Professor Of Public Administration, Cal State University San Bernardino

Director of Faculty Development, JHBCBPA

Dr. Montgomery (Monty) Van Wart has worked in higher education in various capacities for 35 years, nearly always with administrative roles. He served as the Interim Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at

California State University San Bernardino

I am ready, willing, and eager to assist. I encourage you to reach out to me when you are ready.

Supporting research at CSUSB is very important. The Faculty Research Fellow focuses on providing in-depth support in a variety of ways.

Manuscript review: Copy-editing, conceptual review, journal placement options (also grant editing as a supplementary function to the Office of Academic Research). 48-hour turnaround is normally possible for standard article edits and reviews.

Consultations: Individual research agenda consultations. Strategic planning about how to get multiple publications out of a single dataset. Suggestions about aligning your research agenda and the RPT process. Problem-solving research related issues. Assistance for those seeking to publish quickly as well as for those seeking to publish in “flagship” journals.

Academic metrics: Consultations or presentations on types of journals rankings, individual citation count systems, institutional metrics, predatory journals, etc. Also, how to document the quality of your research in the RPT process.

Research Teams: Supporting research teams in departments, colleges, or cross-disciplinary settings.

Conversion of grant results and applied reports into publications: Assistance with converting funded research projects into academic or nonacademic publications. Guidance in converting technical reports into scholarly products.

Miscellaneous: questions and comments about research and research support at CSUSB. Happy to set up meetings just to chat!

 

 

 

Fall Research Seminars
TOPIC  FALL DATES/TIMES

Research Method Series: How to use—or get better at using—Qualtrics 

Facilitator: Anna Ni

Zoom Registration Link

This informal, one-hour workshop provides an introduction and refresher in the use of Qualtrics. Qualtrics is an on-line survey tool that is simple to use. It is very versatile and available to you free. In this workshop, we will explore some basics about Qualtrics as a tool to enhance your teaching, research, and service and provide additional resources for you to advance your skill. We also invite experienced users to share their examples and hope you will be inspired about the numerous possibilities of this powerful software.

Friday,

Sept. 3, 12-1 pm

High Impact Practices in Research Series:

Publication Metrics

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart

Zoom Registration Link

The publication world has been completely transformed in the last twenty years as a part of the digital revolution.  Today, scholars, journals, departments, and institutions are expected to have up-to-date and detailed metrics on the scope, quantity, and quality of their research output. These overall trends affect all academic disciplines; however, the specific emphases vary considerably by discipline, as well as by the preferences of accrediting bodies, colleges, departments, and individual academics. Topics will include:

  • Journal metrics: Web of Science impact factors, Scimago, Cabell’s, disciplinary lists, ResearchGate and other emerging sources, predatory journals
  • Author metrics: Google Scholar, Web of Science metrics, other metrics
  • Important considerations in numbers and placement of authors
  • University metrics: Google scholar, Scimago

Friday,

Sept. 10, 12-1 pm

Research Method Series:

High Performance Computing

Facilitator: Youngsu Kim

Zoom Registration Link

Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data are phrases we often hear these days. All of them have something in common; they require high computing power.

Fortunately, as faculty members at CSUSB, we have access to the Pacific Research Platform (https://pacificresearchplatform.org/), a high-performance computing server. It is not only beneficial for the subjects mentioned above. It is also helpful for our heavy-duty, day-to-day work or research.*  While providing the enormous advantage of high computing power, such a system requires understanding some terminal-based commands and how servers work. Because there is a learning curve, having an overview and mentoring process is very helpful.

The presentation provides an overview of the Pacific Research Platform and explains how the CSUSB high-performance computing team can help you to start your project on the platform. The talk is for a general audience (and your graduate students) and will not cover technical details. All are welcome to attend, even if it is just for general information.  

* large scale spreadsheets, file sharing, and statistical data; tasks utilizing GPUs (graphic processing units), multiple CPUs, or a lot of RAMs.

Friday,

Sept. 17, 12-1 pm

High Impact Practices in Research Series:

Using Professional Survey Data Collection Vendors for Social Science Research 

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart

Zoom Registration Link

Surveys are a commonly used tool in social science research. Collecting data from various populations can be challenging unless you have a strong institutional partner. Therefore, many researchers use professional survey data collection vendors to efficiently and effectively get valid data to analyze.  This workshop will provide an example of capacities, costs, and systems of a collection vendor (i.e., the data collection arm of Qualtrics). The session will be facilitated by the Faculty Research Fellow and have guest speakers who use Qualtrics (and other external) survey collection vendors. PLEASE NOTE: Faculty Development can financially support inexpensive projects, and contribute to expensive ones. Participate in this seminar to learn more!

Friday,

Sept. 24, 12-1 pm

Research Method Series:

Crispr

Facilitator: Lauren Velasquez Macedo/Mike Chao

Zoom Registration Link

Genome or gene editing has “come of age” in the last decade, and has become increasingly accessible for a broader set of researchers to take advantage of as technologies have been refined. While there are a number of gene editing systems, perhaps the easiest to use is the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeat) site-specific nuclease system. This short seminar will briefly review (1) why gene editing is less controversial than genetic engineering, (2) examples of how gene editing is a powerful tool such as in improvement of crop varieties, (3) the high-level basics of CRISPR technology, and (4) suggestions on getting started with its use.

Friday,

Oct. 1, 12-1 pm

Establishing Community Partnerships Information Session 

Presented by Office of Community Engagement

Zoom Registration Link

Faculty will learn the fundamentals of building community-university partnerships, discover on-campus community engagement resources, and learn from CSUSB faculty members who have cultivated partnerships with OCE grants!

Friday,

Oct. 8, 11am-12 pm

High Impact Practices in Research Series:

Professionalizing Your Research “Agenda”

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart

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It is one thing to write some articles but quite another to have a true research agenda. This workshop will talk about how to articulate an evolving an agenda for yourself and others. Topics include:

  • Establishing an evolving master list
  • Decisions about the number of research tracks to balance; miscellaneous opportunities
  • Tiling: how to appropriately use the same data set more than once
  • Research phases: how to consider the next project in the sequence even before the current one is one completed
  • Planning and collecting data sets in various disciplines

Friday,

Oct. 8, 12-1 pm

Research Methods Series:

Factor Analysis: Exploratory and Confirmatory (Introductory)

Facilitator: Anna Ni

Zoom Registration Link

Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses are methods commonly used in the social sciences in order to study the structure of relatively large sets of variables. They are known as EFA and CFA respectively. Exploratory factor analysis is normally conducted as an initial tool to determine the better explanations, and confirmatory allows the researcher to test the exact hypothesis that a relationship between the observed variables and the underlying latent factor exists at an acceptable level of confidence. This short seminar will provide a brief overview of when to use these methods, some basics regarding how they are used, and a couple of examples of actual usage. The seminar will be introductory. Future seminars will cover these methods at an intermediate level. However, researchers who use these methods are strongly urged to participate in this seminar as commenters, advocates, and resources.

Friday,

Oct. 15, 12-1 pm

High Impact Practices in Research Series:

Writing a Good Literature Review for an Article Aimed at a High Impact Journal

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart

Zoom Registration Link

Writing a good literature review is a tricky business. If you not careful, it can take up too much space. If it is too short, your research will be dismissed as insufficiently thorough. And there is the problem of summarizing the literature in such a way that it leads to the exact topic you are exploring. Topics that this seminar will discuss include:

  • Types of literature reviews across disciplines
  • Effectively situating your exact topic
  • Problematizing your topic

Note:  This seminar is not about writing a literature review article which is a specific genre of article with special features and issues.

Friday,

Oct. 22, 12-1 pm

Research Method Series:

Enhancing Research Visibility, Utility, and Multi-use

Facilitators: Cynthia Crawford, Monty Van Wart

Zoom Registration Link

Description Forthcoming!

Friday,

Oct. 29, 12-1 pm

High Impact Practices in Research Series:

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart

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If ever the expression about “killing two birds with one stone” were true, certainly it would be in practicing scholarship related to teaching and learning. Logically, it makes sense because almost all of us are required to do both, so why not combine them, especially since many in academe have multiple research tracks? But then we hesitate because we worry about scant knowledge of learning and teaching theories, familiarity with the current state of the literature about various teaching practices, and methodological challenges. This workshop will provide you with ideas about resources to reduce the burden of “getting up to speed,” about how to conduct research that can be (relatively) easy to implement, and venues for presentations and publications. Topics will include:

  • What is scholarship of teaching and learning and how is it organized (or scattered)?
  • How can I tackle a SoTL project without becoming a learning/teaching specialist?
  • What are common SoTL methods of inquiry?
  • What resources are there on campus to support SoTL research?
  • What are the various types of venues to consider—from presentations, to modest disciplinary journals specializing in education, to high impact journals?

Friday,

Nov. 5, 12-1 pm

Strategies for Writing Books for Academe

Facilitator: Monty Van Wart

Presenters: TBA

Zoom Registration Link

This workshop is for those planning to write their first book or who want to elevate the visibility/impact of their next book project. The workshop will look at book writing from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The workshop will cover a variety of areas including the following:  

  • Briefly review the basics of academic books: types, differences among fields, types of writing, types of publishers, and considerations in co-authors.
  • Substantial discussion of the planning of a book, book structuring, scope of the book, data or material gathering strategies, alignment tips with other academic projects and pitfalls in writing books.
  • The seminar will also cover selecting and negotiating with publishers as well resources that one can turn to at CSUSB.
Offered both in person or Zoom
Lunch provided to in person participants (based on space availability)
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12-1pm

Tips on Publishing Research with Small Samples and the Intersection of Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Presenter: Golge Seferoglu

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Given the large number of quality journals today (the Web of Science classifies 25,000 as having an Impact Factor or having an “emerging sources” designation), there are ample opportunities to publish a variety of types of “qualitative” research: theoretical/analytical, ethnographic, normative, case studies, content analysis, etc.  This seminar will look at the intersection of qualitative and “quantitative” research: when researchers use numeric data but a small sample size and rely on descriptive statistics instead of multivariate analysis or other more sophisticated techniques. This seminar will discuss two published examples of research using a small number of cases that illustrate effectiveness and best practices. Seminar topics will include: when using small samples make sense, how to make small samples more “robust,” and the use of mixed methods (e.g., descriptive data as well as focus groups), and among others.

Presenter:  Professor Golge Seferoglu is an associate professor in Teacher Education and Foundations who has 1,387 Google citations. She has 21 publications with at least ten citations. Her research explores language learning through technology, best practices, use of cultural artifacts, and emerging software programs. She also studies teacher education and program administration of language learning programs. Some of her most cited research has involved small, personally collected samples.

Offered both in person or Zoom
Lunch provided to in person participants (based on space availability)
Monday, Nov. 15, 12-1pm