Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University
The Research Support component of Gallaudet University's Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) strives to support the University's legislated obligation to conduct research and disseminate findings on topics of concern to Deaf people and those who live, work with, and educate them. To this end, RSIA aspires to stimulate students, faculty, and staff in pursuit of new knowledge of value to their scholarly growth and to their discipline, and by providing editing assistance with grant proposals.
In FY 2017, 37 campus researchers, both students and faculty members, were awarded grants by virtue of RSIA's administration of the Priority Research Fund and Small Research Grants programs.
Research Support enhances Gallaudet's intellectual climate by facilitating scholarly opportunities on the Gallaudet campus. It has expanded its technical support to campus researchers by making available a robust research survey software called REDCap.
Early-career researchers can turn to Research Support for editing assistance for research grant proposals, and all faculty and staff can receive methodological consultation from Research Support to facilitate all phases of their research. Further, Research Support, in partnership with the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs deans, hosts the annual Gallaudet Research Expo, an event to recognize and share the exciting research and scholarly inquiry being conducted at the university. A newsletter, Research at Gallaudet, produced by Research Support, provides another means for sharing news of interesting studies Gallaudet researchers are engaged in, honors and awards they or their departments have received that are related to research, and any other news that demonstrates the university’s successes and innovations in this area.
In addition, Research Support compiles a database and report of the University’s achievements in research and scholarship, consults on studies within its areas of expertise, and provides access to the archived Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth. Finally, RSIA continued its ongoing research and activity on bilingual language planning.
Dr. Charles Reilly, Executive Director, RSIA
Deaf Weight Wise 2.0
The purpose of the Deaf Weight Wise (DWW) research study is to establish the effectiveness of an intervention program to reduce weight gain and obesity in Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language. Participants in the DWW research study are randomly assigned one of two intervention groups. The first group will receive the intervention in the first period, and the second group will receive the intervention in the second period. The intervention is a 16-week healthy lifestyle program. Each week, participants will communicate with Gallaudet counselors through videophone calls. They will learn about healthy living, healthy food choices and cooking, and fun ways to be physically active. All groups will be led by Deaf counselors. Counselors emphasize daily self-monitoring of food intake, number of fruit and vegetable servings, calorie intake, and minutes of physical activity. Participants will be asked to visit Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research five times to take ASL health surveys and have physical measurements taken (height, weight, blood pressure, blood sample, etc.).
Priority Research Fund
Gallaudet's Priority Research Fund (PRF) supports campus research studies in 13 areas that have been determined to be of high importance to the university. Studies are supported for up to three years; the review and administration processes are aligned with standard and federal grant application processes in order to help prepare campus researcher to effectively apply for external funding. Applicants are expected to first seek external funding; if funded by PRF, by study's end they should be actively applying externally for continuance.
Small Research Grants
Gallaudet's Small Research Grants Program (SRG) fosters research activity by Gallaudet and Clerc Center faculty and professional staff, as well as by university students, by funding small studies of durations of a year or less. We accept proposals for studies on any topic of academic significance using any accepted research method. The Office of Research Support and International Affairs reviews, awards, and administers the grants in collaboration with faculty members and academic departments. Details on all of the funded studies can be seen under the various academic departments in this chapter and by searching the "research & scholarship at Gallaudet" database at http://research.gallaudet.edu/ara.