Beyond the Classroom: Five Ways Scholarship Happens at GPRC

At GPRC, new knowledge is constantly being created, shared, and exchanged, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our faculty from across all schools and disciplines are often engaged in scholarly activities outside of their ordinary teaching duties. These can include conducting research, creating art or musical compositions, or working with industry to apply existing knowledge in new contexts. The word “scholarship” encompasses the many different types of research and innovative activities that take place at the College.

Scholarship outside the classroom can be one way instructors contribute to their fields, grow as academics, and increase their body of knowledge to pass on to students.

GPRC’s model of scholarship has five areas or ‘realms’. Learn about the realms of scholarship below and meet a few GPRC instructors who exemplify them. Which do you see yourself in?

Application – Applying knowledge to larger social/industrial governance needs; engagement with the broader community for mutual benefit.

GPRC psychology instructor Dr. Connie Korpan applies her research to effect real-world change. Her work falls in the scholarship of application, applying knowledge to larger social governance needs and engaging with the community for mutual benefit.

















Discovery and Creation –Applied research, artistic work, visual art, literature, academic research, invention of a new technology.

For GPRC English instructor Sally Jones, writing, publishing and researching are all part of what it means to be engaged in her field as an informed professor. Her 2015 Research Award from the University of Aberdeen has allowed her to conduct extensive research on 20th century novelist Edith Wharton, whose works are the subject of her PhD dissertation.


Integration – Identifying patterns and trends, synthesizing existing information and ideas for new perspectives; interdisciplinary; cross-trades/professions

GPRC electrician instructor Charles Sanderson’s cross-disciplinary research on solar energy efficiency is leading GPRC on the path to becoming carbon neutral. A proponent of sustainable technology as a potential solution to the challenges facing his industry, Sanderson’s search for more efficient solar energy has enabled unique collaborations between trades and academia.

















Practice – Increasing personal depth of knowledge and currency in one’s own profession/discipline/trade.

GPRC video production instructor David McGregor’s professional practice in filmmaking informs his teaching in the video production courses he teaches at GPRC. By staying engaged in his field, he brings fresh expertise and an always-evolving knowledge set into the classroom to share with his students.

















Teaching and Learning – The systematic study of teaching and learning to obtain a deeper understanding of pedagogical theory and practice and to inform new practice.

Dr. Jodi Peebles, Teacher Education North (TEN) instructor at GPRC, is always looking for ways to improve the experience of her students. She is currently conducting research on the role of collaborative inquiry in teacher education, a process in which education students work together to use a systematic and research-based approach to learning and professional development. Dr. Peebles is also looking at ways that parents and educators can better support the learning of gifted children.




















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