CHSS faculty receive 4-VA collaborative research grants

CHSS faculty receive 4-VA collaborative research grants

The Office of the Provost has announced eleven pilot research projects that will launch in July, 2022, as part of the 4-VA program. Initially established in 2010, 4-VA fosters collaboration between faculty at eight universities in the commonwealth, driven by four initiatives: collaborative research, course redesign, course sharing, and degree completion.

The universities participating in the 4-VA collective include the College of William and Mary, Mason, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia Tech. 

Five of the research projects this year are led by CHSS faculty:

Shelby Broberg, director, Communication Center, Department of Communication. Communication Center Tutor Training Needs Assessment and Open-Access Resource Development, in partnership with Virginia Tech and James Madison University.

Sabine Doebel, assistant professor, Department of Psychology. How Does Experience Support Working Memory Development in Early Childhood?, in partnership with the University of Virginia.

Nupoor Ranade, assistant professor, Department of English. Ethical Data Analytics: Investigating Data Analytics as a Pedagogical Practice for the Humanities, in partnership with Old Dominion University, James Madison University, and Virginia Tech.

Byunghwan Son, associate professor, Global Affairs Program. Globalization in Reverse: The Diffusion of K-POP in the United States, in partnership with the University of  Virginia.

Levi Van Sant, assistant professor, School of Integrative Studies. Participatory Methods for Land Ownership Research in Rural Virginia, in partnership with James Madison University.

In announcing the university’s awardees, Janette Kenner Muir, vice provost, academic affairs, and campus coordinator of 4-VA @Mason, noted the impressive range of proposals received from across the university. “We look forward to telling the stories that develop from the excellent cross-institutional research that will soon be underway,” she added.

Jaime Lester, the college's associate dean of faculty affairs and strategic initiatives, agrees: "The projects led by these CHSS faculty represent innovative research that is poised to have a positive impact on Virginia and our Mason students."