FACULTY

Amanda Mulcahy

Director of Academic Research

Professor of Research


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Mulcahy teaches Mixed Methods Research, Advanced Topics in Statistics, Quantitative Analysis, Qualitative Analysis and Action Research courses. Among her areas of expertise are meta-analysis, mixed methods research and survey research. Dr. Mulcahy joined Concordia’s faculty in 2005.

Degrees

  • PhD, research methodology, Loyola University; Chicago.  
  • MA, secondary education, Saint Xavier University; Chicago.
  • BS, biology and natural resources, Principia College; Elsah, Ill.  

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications (juried)

  • "Assessing partnership models: maintaining quality as professional doctoral candidates are prepared for independent research." Journal of Work Based Learning, 3(1), 206-221. 2013.
  • "If our teaching isn’t FAIR, can we still say that diversity matters to us?" Multicultural Perspectives: An Official Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education, 14(3), 177-184. 2012.
  • "A comparison of partnership models – maintaining quality as professional doctorate candidates are prepared for independent research," Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Professional Doctorates; Florence, Italy, April 2012.
  • "The role of professional organizations as partners in the supervision of dissertation research in emerging professional (work-based) doctoral programs," Journal of Work Based Learning, 2(1), 16–30; 2011.
  • "Supervising dissertation research in emerging online professional doctorate programs and the role of partner organizations," Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning; Madison, Wisc., 2011.
  • "Emerging professional doctorate programs and the role of partner organizations," (with Jandris, T.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates; Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011.
  • "How an expansion of research methods curriculum is leading to a diversification of doctoral student produced research at Concordia University Chicago," Lutheran Education Journal, January 2011.
  • "Is fidelity an appropriate measure of quality in online delivery?" Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, Wisc., 2010.
  • “Team testing for individual success and the development of interpersonal skills among aspiring school leaders,” National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Yearbook, 2008.
  • “Reclaiming the concepts of calling, profession, and professional obligations: A mindful pedagogy for teaching the ethics of school administration to future and practicing school leaders” (with Israel, M.S.), National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Yearbook, 2007.

Presentations

  • "Assessing doctoral program partnership models and the preparation of candidates for dissertation research." Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • "Integrating the Research: Co-Teaching to Prepare Reading Specialists to be Specialists in Research." (with Soljaga, D.), Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.
  • "Research Quality Assessment and Outcomes for Teaching Educational Research." Chair at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2013
  • "Exploring Co-Teaching: Preparing Reading Specialists to be Specialists in Research," (with Soljaga, D.). Presentation at the Midwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, November 2012
  • "Real World Issues in Education Informed by Research Methodology." Discussant at the Midwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, November 2012.
  • "Promoting Student Success in Graduate Programs." Chair at the Midwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, November 2012.
  • "Environmental Education and the Impact of NGOs on the Kingdom of Nepal." Presentation at Pathway SL, Melrose Park, IL, September 2012.
  • "Technology for the classroom beyond PowerPoint and YouTube." Presentation at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL, July and August 2012.
  • "Why is Iceland so green? Where did all of the trees go? And where did these sheep come from?" Presentation at Pathway SL, Melrose Park, IL, June 2012.
  • "A comparison of partnership models – maintaining quality as professional doctorate candidates are prepared for independent research," presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Professional Doctorates; Florence, Italy, April 2012.
  • "Mastering the Research: Exploring the Delivery of Research Methods in an M.A. Reading Program," (with Soljaga, D.), presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 2012.
  • "Measurement issues in survey research," Chair at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 2012.
  • "Supervising dissertation research in emerging online professional doctorate programs and the role of partner organizations," presentation at the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, Wisc., August 2011.
  • "Internal Confidentiality and the Risk of Participant Identification in 'your own backyard': A Case Example" (with Grant, C., Lin, J.), 7th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry; Champaign-Urbana, Ill., May 2011.
  • "Emerging professional doctorate programs and the role of partner organizations," (with Jandris, T.) presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates; Edinburgh, Scotland; April 2011.
  • "Scale construction and measurement invariance in survey research," discussant at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; New Orleans, La., April 2011.
  • "Emerging Professional Doctorate Programs and the Role of Partner Organizations" (with Jandris, T.), 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates, April 2011.
  • "Listening to the Faculty Voice During Transitions at a Lutheran University," Association of Lutheran College Faculties 75th annual conference, October 2010.
  • "Is Fidelity an Appropriate Measure of Quality in Online Delivery?" presentation at the 26th Annual Conference of Distance Teaching & Learning, August 2010.
  • "Wise women educating wise women (and wise men): Women as leaders in education," (with Safer, L. A., Bridge, S.), presentation at the 3rd Annual Joint Women and Gender Studies Conference; River Forest, Ill., March 2010.
  • “Fidelity as a measure of quality in online graduate course work,” invited presentation to the faculty of the Moscow State Pedagogical University; Moscow, Russian Federation, April 2009.  
  • “Team testing for individual success and the development of interpersonal skills among aspiring school leaders,” presentation at the 2008 National Council of Professors of Educational Administration; San Diego, Calif., August 2008.
  • “Reclaiming the concepts of calling, profession, and professional obligations: A mindful pedagogy for teaching the ethics of school administration to future and practicing school leaders” (with Israel, M.S.), presentation at the 2005 University Council for Educational Administration; Nashville, Tenn., November 2005.
  • “Moving away from triage: Ethical leadership in the world of NCLB” (with Israel, M.S.), presentation at the 2005 National Council of Professors of Educational Administration; Washington, DC, July 2005.
  • “Meta-analysis and survey construction,” presentation at the Eighth Annual Loyola University School of Education Research Symposium; Chicago, April 2005.
  • “The work of Dr. Thomas Cook,” speech given at the Seventh Annual Loyola University School of Education Research Symposium; Chicago, April 2004.
  • “Forestry and Field Biology in Iceland,” presentation at Principia College; Elsah, Ill., October 1999.

Awards

  • 2010, Faculty Research Grant

Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)
  • Concordia University Faculty Senate
  • Concordia University Institutional Review Board
  • 12 dissertation committees    

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