Excellence in Scholarship: PhD Program

excellence in scholarshipEXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

IOUF – CICRCL Learners participate in a emerging tradition of thought, discussion, exploration, and inquiry in their fields of study. Achieving excellence in scholarship requires full and meaningful participation in this evolving, cooperative endeavor.

Over the course of each individualized doctoral program, IOUF – CICRCL expects the following of Learners:

  1. Acquire a coherent and sophisticated body of knowledge in their chosen field by undertaking new learning in the Ph.D. Program and by building upon knowledge and skills brought forward from previous academic, professional, and experiential activity.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the relevant history and present definition of their chosen field, including the major literature, theories, practices, problems, ethical issues, and methods of research and inquiry.
  3. Present evidence of the ability to formulate research questions, to develop hypotheses, to assemble data, and to weigh evidence.
  4. Present evidence of the capacity for sustained and significant scholarly intellectual inquiry in the form of original research.
  5. Display clarity and sophistication in written and oral presentations characterized by logical coherence and consistency, by the proper use of evidence and citations, and by the development of your own unique point of view.

Learners are expected to be computer literate and able to use the internet to conduct extensive research and communicate. They will maintain an email address that will be the primary method of Faculty – Learner communication, and also to have access to Skype or FaceTime internet accounts.

IOUF – CICRCL recognizes that excellence in scholarship typically includes the following:

  • Engages and reflects the range of information sources that provide the substantive knowledge for a field including, but not limited to, primary, secondary, and other literatures;
  • Engages the history of knowledge of/in relevant field(s);
  • In relationship to the relevant field(s), deals with questions of theory, theory making and the explanatory or exploratory philosophies of knowledge that inform those theoretical formations;
  • Conducts inquiry and/or describes knowledge regimes in a manner that is intellectually sophisticated, and employs or proposes sound methodologies to carry out an investigation or to arrive at a new knowledge regime. (By “intellectually sophisticated,” meaning inquiry that is critical and in-depth, uses appropriate analytical modes, evaluates diverse and competing viewpoints, acknowledges multiple perspectives, and is sensitive to current issues and debates in the field.
  • Communicates clearly and persuasively to an expert audience and demonstrates proficiency in the use of the general and specialized lexicons of the relevant field(s). (By clear and persuasive communication we mean effective writing, coherent argumentation, proficient use of evidence, appropriate referencing, and fluency in the discourse of the field.)

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