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    CV & Research

alanasquare300E. Alana James. Ed.D.
8 Castlepark
Kinsale, Co Cork
Ireland

 

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ACADEMIC PREPARATION

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

Doctor of Educational Leadership: 2005, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Concentration: Educational Leadership; Change Management; Student Mobility; Community Education; and High Risk Students

Master of Non Profit Management: 1998 Regis University, Denver, Colorado,

Concentration: Cross Sector Collaboration and Systemic Change

Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Art Education: 1976, University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado

Certification: Art Education; K-12

CURRENT RESEARCH (as of Sept 2016)

Principle investigator on a comparative educational study of the Higher Ed engagement and outcomes of PhD candidates interacting with personalized online research and PhD process training technologies. Beginning this research Jan 2014 with campuses in Ireland and Kenya. Current data from Ireland, the US, and Nigeria.

Principle investigator on a qualitative meta-analysis of international award winning Phd Dissertations and Thesis. This study addresses the question of how we can close the gap in “all but dissertation” students through education and high standards. Forty four award winning dissertations currently analyzed.

Ongoing review of literature regarding PhD Completion as addressed by those studying the university, supervisor or student considerations.

PAST OR CONTINUING RESEARCH & CONSULTING WORK

PAST OR CONTINUING RESEARCH & CONSULTING WORK

Consulting with universities in Ireland and the US to improve graduate education through employing new models of technology enhanced learning.

Principle investigator on a five year action research project for the purpose developing local and virtual networks to improve education for students experiencing homelessness or high levels of student mobility across the United States. Called the Web Based Professional Development (WBPD) project was funded by various education agencies and sponsored by the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children and the Center for Research Strategies, LLC.

Research on the use of web based technologies for professional development: Focused on the Web Based Professional Development project for the National Center for School Engagement.

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

James, E. A. (2017, in press). Retrieving Graduate Education from the Toilet: Solving Inequitable Socialization for Masters and PhD Students with Graduate Technology Supported Platforms. February, 2017 Organizational Development Journal.

James, E. A. (2016). Equal Graduate Experience for All Students. Retrieved from Graduate Technology Supported Learning website: http://university.doctoralnet.com/publications

James, E. A. (2015). Three top technological strategies for postgraduate doctoral success. eLearning industry (Thursday 11, June, 2015).

James, E. A. (2015). The Cost of Doing Nothing. Retrieved from Graduate Technology Supported Learning website: http://university.doctoralnet.com/publications

James, E. A. (2015). Research and Solutions for PhD Completion: Technologies Proven to Help Students Overcome Particular Areas of Distress. Retrieved from http://university.doctoralnet.com/publications

James, E. A. (2015). Return on investment for university / Saas partnerships. Retrieved from Graduate Technology Supported Learning website: http://university.doctoralnet.com/publications

James, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). Write Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: A Proven Map to Success. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications.

James, E.A., Slater, T., Bucknam, A., (2012). Action research for business, non profits and public administration: A tool for complex times. Thousand Oaks, CA. USA: Sage Publishing.

James, E. A. (2009). Participatory action research as professional development: Creating new education practices for homeless or highly mobile students in the United States. Berlin: VDM Verlag

James, E. A. (2008). Participatory action research: Data driven decision making for school leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

James, E. A. (2008). Studying and improving connection and inclusion in online professorship: Dealing with the dark side. Teacher Education Practices-Queen's Conference Proceedings 2008.

James, E. A. (2006a, September 2006). Implementing a national program for educators to use PAR to study disadvantage: What works? Paper presented at the ECER 2006, Geneva.

James, E. A. (2006b). A study of PAR for educators developing new practise in areas of educational disadvantage. Educational Action Research, 14(4).

James, E. A. (2005a). Drop outs or early school leavers: A comparative study between Ireland and the US. Essays in Education, 13(2005), 1-13.

James, E. A. (2005b). The use of participatory action research to create new educational practices for homeless and highly mobile students. Unpublished Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.

James, E. A. (2004). Participatory action research uncovers practices that work in schools with high levels of student mobility. Unpublished manuscript, Denver, CO.

James, E. A. (2003). Report to the Sheridan Board of Education. Retrieved January 20, 2004, from http://crsllc.org/Documents/CRS%20Report%20to%20Sheridan%20Board%20of%20Ed.pdf

James, E. A., & Shepard, L. (1991). Interconnections : Resources for health, fitness, and growth. Denver, Colo.: H.U.G.S. Publishing Group.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES

PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES

Symposium Presentation on Action Research Meta-Analysis: AERA Conference Vancouver, BC, April 2012

Workshop and Paper Reporting on the progress of the AR Meta-analysis: Where is the Action in Action Research? CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network) Conference: Vienna Austria, November 2011.

Speaker, panel member and presenter at: Action Research Conference in San Diego, CA May 2011: Why a meta-analysis of action research results: Where is the action in action research and how do we reach beyond our current practices?

Facilitative action research with doctoral students in an online environment. Paper presented at the 2010 Collaborative Action Research Network international conference: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Innovations in education: What counts. Experiential workshop for the "Innovative arts based educational enquiry" special interest group at the European Conference on Educational Research 2010: Helsinki, Finland, August 2010.

Student driven choices: Curriculum and educational processes for modern times. Paper presented at the 14th world congress of comparative education societies: Istanbul, Turkey, June 2010

Report of Collaborative Findings: The Good the Bad and the Ugly of work to Redesign Education. Paper presented at CARN, Athens, 2009
Using networks to advance collaborative work: The Future(s) of Education Project. Paper to be presented at the Collaborative Action Research conference in Athens, 2009

How do New Designs for Education and Education Leadership Include Concepts of “Least Intrusive Education (LIE)”? Paper to be presented at the European Education Research Conference in Vienna, 2009

Do Doctoral Candidates Use and Benefit From Online Social Networks as an Aid Their Thesis and Dissertation Process? Paper to be presented at the European Education Research Conference in Vienna, 2009

Studying and Improving Connection and Inclusion in Online Professorship: Dealing with the Dark Side of Institutional Racism – Paper presented at the Teacher Education Practices-Queen's Conference 2008

Valid to whom and in what way? The transformational potential of Participatory Action Research used as professional development – Paper Presented at BERA, London, 2007

Evaluation of Web-Based Professional Development using Participatory Action Research - Paper Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006.

What is it like to be here? – Workshop presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006.
A mixed methodological study of whether and in what ways Participatory Action Research is efficacious for educators developing new practices for homeless or transient students in the United States – Paper presented at the International Practitioner Research Conference, Utrecht, Nederland, 2005

The implementation of three domains of educational practice for homeless and highly mobile students in the United States – Workshop presented at the National Conference for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Kansas City, MO, 2005

Validating “The Three Domains Framework:” Administrators and teachers study educational disadvantage –Paper Presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference in Cardiff, Wales, 2005

A Study Analysing the Efficacy of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as Professional Development with which to Advance Issues of Educational Disadvantage – Paper Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, 2005

Implementing a national program for educators to use PAR to study disadvantage: What works? – Workshop Presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland, 2005

Prospects for the Future: Use of Participatory Action Research in the Study of Educational Disadvantage – Paper Presented at the Irish Educational Research Conference, Cork, Ireland, 2005

Educational practices for homeless and highly mobile students in the United States – Workshop presented at the National Conference for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Atlanta, GA, 2004

Supporting the Education of Homeless Children and Youth: A report of Findings; – Workshop Presented at the Annual Conference for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Washington, D.C. October 2003.

Quantum education: education for the highest risk kids. – Workshop Presented at the Title One conference for parents and faculty, Colorado Department of Education, 2002.

Organics – a model for organizational development and evaluation for agencies working in prevention. – Workshop Presented at the National Prevention Network Conference in 2001.

Walden Graduate Dissertations for which I was Chair:
Williams, J. S. (2012). Teachers’ Perceptions and Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Dyslexia. Doctor of Education, Walden University.

Cruse, T. (2012). Relationship Between Adolescent Gifted Girls' Attitudes and Their Value-Added Performance Score Doctor of Education in Teachers Leadership, Walden University, MN, USA.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

DoctoralNet Ltd
Owner and manager – Mission to improve graduate education around the world through partnerships in research, technology development, supervision and the development of new models/pedagogical ideas.
Providing online, training at a distance across a variety of topics.

Online Consulting Professor and Doctoral Mentor: 2005 – 2013

  1. Walden University: Minneapolis, MN –
  2. Colorado Technical University: Colorado Springs, CO –they have adopted my second book for their university focus on action research
  3. Jones International University – Chair of Doctoral program from 2007-2009

Course Author Online Education: 2007-2009

Jones International University
Colorado Technical University

Designed and Wrote Programs for University

Jones International University
Colorado Technical University

Director of Education Services: 2002 -2006

Center for Research Strategies: Denver, Colorado

Site Coordinator and Technical Assistance Manager: 2000- 2003

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University: Sites in
Colorado and Texas

Program and Research Consultant: 2000 – Present

A variety of school, not for profit organizations, departments of education and national service organizations in the United States and Europe

Coordinator of State Incentive Grant Partnership: 1999 -2000

Colorado Foundation for Families and Children: Denver, Colorado

Project Coordinator: 1995 – 1999

Catholic Charities: Denver, Colorado

Business Entrepreneur: 1982-1995

PaZaZZ Studios: Denver, Colorado and New York, New York

Public School Teacher: 1976-1982

Lyons Jr-Sr High School, St. Vrain Valley Schools: Longmont, Colorado

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and MEMBERSHIPS

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and MEMBERSHIPS

Founder and member of the Cork Nonfiction Writers Group - 2008-present
Member of a multicultural awareness club in Cork City, Ireland, formed to help transform the world to be friendly to folks from all cultures.
Rotary membership 2000-2011
Educational Leadership 2002 Cohort, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York, New York
National Staff Development Council: 2001-2002
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: 2001-2002
Denver Community Leadership Forum: 1998, Center for Public-Private Partnership
Outcome Based Performance Measures for the Developmentally Disabled: 1997, Denver, CO
Community and School Assistance Teams Training and Certificate of Recognition: 1995 Denver, CO
Prevention Generalist Certification, 1995
Phi Beta Kappa: 1975,