Students who have successfully completed program requirements and graduated from NNU’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership have written high-caliber dissertations related to a variety of topics in education. Examples include (click to read the dissertation):
Dr. Don Bingham, Class of 2013: A Mixed Methods Study Exploring The Realities And Perceptions Of Principal Evaluation (pdf)
Dr. Heidi Curtis, Class of 2013: A Mixed Methods Study Investigating Parental Involvement And Student Success In High School Online Education (pdf)
Dr. Shalene French, Class of 2013: Whatever It Takes: A Mixed Methods Study Evaluating The Implementation Of Professional Learning Communities Across A District (pdf)
Scholarly activities are integral components in the arena of higher education. It is critical to maintain currency with educational theory and practice. A multitude of activities have taken place at Northwest Nazarene University, and strong practice has been established for engaging in scholarship.
Northwest Nazarene University has been awarded a five-year Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $2,250,000 for increasing educational access to students by means of online education. The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $20.1 million to only 39 colleges and universities under the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) this year. Northwest Nazarene University was equipped and prepared to be one of these 39 higher education institutions in the country to receive this grant. The grant will allow faculty at NNU an opportunity to conduct research in the areas of online pedagogy, retention of traditional students in the online environment, and best practices in designing programs in a modality that is exclusively online. In addition, this grant will help fund a new faculty multimedia studio allowing for innovative ways to teach online, in a blended format, and face-to-face.
In 2012, the J.A and Kathryn Albertson Foundation awarded Northwest Nazarene University a grant in the amount of $5,668,620.00 for the Doceo Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Northwest Nazarene University’s Doceo Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was for the purpose of improving student outcomes in P-16 classrooms through the effective use of technology. The Center seeks to research, explore the convergence of technological innovation with effective teaching strategies, and then use the information gathered to develop and deliver training that will equip and build capacity of in-service programs for teachers. A bi-product of the Center has been a research study entitled Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning that has played a foundational role in groundbreaking research on the use of Blended Learning in Rural Idaho. This study has been published with the collaboration of iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning).
Key stakeholders impacted by research conducted at Northwest Nazarene University included K-12 professionals in Idaho and around the United States, higher education institutions, and the editors and review boards of peer-reviewed journals and high caliber professional conferences. Within the last three years, NNU faculty have been recognized as international presenters for their efforts in conducting high-caliber research at conferences such as the Hawaii International Conference on Education (Honolulu, HI), International Association for K-12 Online Learning National Conference (Orlando, FL), International Society for Technology in Education (San Antonio, TX), Florida Educational Technology International Conference (Orlando, FL), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Baltimore, MD), American Psychological Association Convention (Washington, D.C.), and the Technology in Theological Education Conference (Phoenix, AZ).