Compass 3-Day Program


Now in its third year, the ADEA-AAL Compass Program is an interprofessional career development experience. You will learn essential skills beyond teaching, specifically how to conduct research, write grant applications, and publish articles and reports. The Compass Program provides expert training in these areas via three comprehensive modules, each addressing a critical component necessary for academic advancement. Whether tenure or non-tenure track, part-time or full-time appointment, this intensive three-day program will guide you to career success.


Conducting Educational Research

In many institutions, a record of research is critical for promotion and tenure. This module will show you how to design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods educational research projects. You will critique actual educational research designs
and plan your own projects.

During the first day of the Compass Program, you will engage in individual, small-group, and class-wide exercises and discussions related to:

• Creating a research niche
• Identifying research questions
• Formulating hypotheses
• Characteristics of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods educational research projects
• Data and appropriate statistical analysis



Grant Writing

Bringing in new sources of funding is a key component for academic career success and
institutional growth. Learn the art and science behind writing successful grant applications from professionals with a record of funding success.

On Day 2 of the Compass Program, you will engage in individual, small-group, and class-wide exercises and discussions related to:

• Strategies for finding sources of funding
• Key components of grant applications
• Writing techniques that enhance readability and persuasiveness
• Strategies to maximize scores with grant reviewers
• Grant administration and outcome reports 



Writing for Publication

Publishing scholarly reports and articles is a chief concern for all academicians. While the keys to publication are straightforward, the details of the process can be difficult to navigate. Learn the tips and tricks for getting a reviewer on your side.

The final day of the Compass Program will include individual, small-group, and class-wide exercises and discussions related to:

• Characteristics of writing clear and compelling manuscripts
• Writing strategies for each section of an educational research manuscript
• Reasons for rejection of manuscripts
• Common academic writing problems
• Use of text editing techniques to enhance clarity of manuscripts


Dates and Location:

The Compass Program will be held on September 17-19, 2014. The class times are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.


This program will be presented at AAL’s training facility in Atlanta, GA, only 30 minutes from the airport, and within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, public transportation, and attractions. Directions and hotel recommendations will be provided after registration.




The tuition of $895 includes all class materials and lunch during the three-day program. 

Group discounts are available for 3 or more faculty attending from the same institution. AAL alumni also receive a discount. For details, CONTACT US.


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