The Office for Research provides unique internal resources for faculty and students. As we know the needs of researchers are always changing, we welcome you to contact the office if you have ideas of additional internal resources you would like.
The Silver School of Social Work Office for Research (OFR) has a program to support contracting consultants to assist in the conduct and development of research. The funds can be used to hire, for example, an outside methodologist to assist in study design or a statistician to help analyze data. The OFR can offer assistance in securing relevant consultants and pay for some or all of the costs. Download the application form.
The Silver School of Social Work Office for Research (OFR) maintains a list of journals commonly published in by our faculty, the web addresses of each journal, and their impact factors and H indices.
The Silver School of Social Work Office for Research (OFR) has a mentoring program for junior faculty. The goals of the mentoring program are (a) to ensure junior faculty are fully informed about the minimal standards that need to be met to be promoted and to forge a successful academic career, (b) to help junior faculty acquire new skills that will permit them to conduct and publish high quality and impactful research, (c) to help junior faculty make connections with other nationally known researchers in the field (help them “network") in ways that increase their visibility and that promote possible research collaborations, (d) to help junior faculty develop a clear and coherent research agenda, and (e) to help faculty balance the demands of teaching, research, and service.
The program has four facets:
School and University Tenure Standards: Appendix C of the faculty by-laws address promotion guidelines for junior faculty. The Associate Dean for Research meets with junior faculty each year to reinforce these guidelines from a research perspective and to clarify current norms about research progress given the stage of the junior faculty member. Issues surrounding quantity of publications, quality of research, and programmatic progression of research are addressed.
Scholarship Goal Planning: The Office for Research will survey junior faculty annually to determine their scholarship goals and assess from them specific skills they feel they need to help themselves “move to the next level” in their research and their careers. Workshops are then offered to teach faculty those skills.
Internal Mentor: The junior faculty member is “paired with” a senior faculty member (typically a full professor) in the SSSW by the Dean and Associate Dean for Research. The senior faculty member agrees to be an informational resource for the junior faculty member. If desired or appropriate, mentees can have more than one mentor, perhaps for different purposes. Key features of this facet are:
- Participation by the junior faculty member is voluntary. Junior faculty will inform the Associate Dean for Research about (a) any preferences regarding his or her potential mentor (e.g., area of expertise, gender, race);, (b) the type of teaching they do or expect to do (e.g., lectures, seminars, graduate advising);, and (c) asked to state up to 3 areas where they feel a mentor could help them.
- Participation by mentors is voluntary. The Associate Dean will be available to mentors for consultations regarding mentoring activities. The number and nature of meetings between mentors and mentees will be determined by the mentor/mentee pair in consultation with each other.
- The Associate Dean coordinates the exchange of vitae between the mentor and mentee.
- The Associate Dean will provide the mentee with a list of issues to consider discussing with his or her mentor. Note that the SSSW will provide all new faculty with information about research, teaching and service expectations as part of their faculty orientation. Access a list of issues for possible discussion between mentor and mentee.
The mentor treats all dealings and discussions in confidence. The primary role of the mentor is to provide supportive guidance and constructive criticism and to be accessible.
External Mentor: A junior faculty member will work with the Associate Dean to identify a senior, nationally recognized scholar in the junior faculty member’s substantive area (usually this will be a person at another university) and who the junior faculty member would like to get access to. This external mentor will be contacted by the Associate Dean (or another senior faculty member who knows the external mentor) and asked if s/he would serve as a external mentor for the junior faculty member for the period of one year. The external mentor is offered an honorarium for the one year commitment and will agree to read and provide feedback on papers that the junior faculty members writes and to provide feedback on any short “research proposals” that the junior faculty prepares. If possible, face-to-face contacts will occur between the faculty member and the external mentor at conferences.
A PowerPoint template with Silver School of Social Work logo is available for download.
SSSW Secondary Data Base Laboratory
The SSSW is building a library of secondary data bases, which are acquired as faculty need them. Two dedicated computers are made available for data analysis in a secure room (with no internet access, as this is required for many secondary data sets) at 838 Broadway on the third floor in room 328.
The databases currently available on the machines include the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN).
The Office for Research can assist in acquiring a database of your choosing. In most cases, using a secondary database requires a formal application to the organization that makes the database available, as well as IRB approval. In addition, secure facilities are required. Send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download a description of some potentially useful secondary data sets you might consider.
If you add a personal data base that you have acquired to the computers, you must encrypt the folder and data for security purposes. Download a step-by-step guide on how to do so using encryption software installed on the computer.