Dr. Sandra Tarabochia
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
My research is centered around the different internal and institutional factors affecting faculty writer motivation in relation to faculty writer identity development. I analyze scholarship and interviews from my mentor's longitudinal study of faculty writer identity development to identify patterns in these relationships. There is little scholarship that explores the importance of faculty writer identity development or the greater effect that it may have on faculty member motivations. Instead, scholarship is oriented more towards encouraging faculty writers to be more productive. Ultimately, my research project functions as call for more research on how the institutional and internal factors intersect with both faculty motivation and writer identity development in order to create healthier writing environments and healthier faculty writers.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students:
Over the past semester I have learned how to prepare interviews to be segmented, segment data to fit my mentor's coding process, and conduct interviews through a semi-structured qualitative interview process. Through my research, I have learned a lot about the difficulties of the tenure process and different aspects of faculty writer identity development.It's been and exciting and rewarding journey! I'm also excited to be walking away having learned a lot about my own writer identity development, and different ways that I can continue to maintain motivation as a writer as my writing career develops.
Awards and/or presentations:
Grippen, Hailey. "Progressing from Writing to Writer: Exploring Factors that Impact University Faculty and Their Writer Identity Development." Curiosity to Creativity Spring Symposium, 25 April 2018, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Norman, OK.