Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Publications


Sklarew, D., & Wingfield, A., (2014) Up the Pyramid, Around the Loop - Action Research Cultivates Sustainability Scholars to Green the Campus. CUR Quarterly, Volume 35, Number 1.

Jones, R., & Davis, S., (2014) Assessing Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Research: Implications from Studies of Two Faculties. CUR Quarterly, Volume 34, Number 3.

Ruds, D., Portillo, S., Lincoln, S., & Hutzell, K. (2013). Students as Scholars & Writers: Teaching & Assessing Undergraduate Writing in a Capstone Course, Journal of Criminal Justice Education. DOI: 10.1080/10511253.2013.849353 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2013.849353]

Usher, B. (2010). Guest Essay: Exploring the Scholarly Landscape. George Mason Review 2010-2011, pp13-15.

Oral Presentations

Hazel, S., Usher, B. & Anderson, A. (June 29, 2014). "The OSCAR Student Survey: Longitudinal Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

West, P., Lockaby, D., Hazel, S., and Usher, B. (June 29, 2014). "Embedded Library Instruction in Undergraduate Research Classes: Assessing the Impact", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Smith, L., Owen, J., Garner, P., & Mahatmya, D. (June 30, 2014). "One Size Does NOT Fit All: Integrative Undergraduate Research and the Public Good", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Nazaire, D. & Usher, B. (July 1, 2014). "Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Through Federal Work Study", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Jones, R. & Shields, G. (June 29, 2014). “Mentoring undergraduate students in laboratory and field based research: A discussion of best practices.”, Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Eyman, D. (April, 2013). Students as scholars: A framework for inquiry-based learning in the writing curriculum. Invited presentation. Cengage TeamUP Composition Conference, Chicago, IL.


Hazel, S., & Usher, B. (June, 2013). Using a Master Rubric for Program Planning and Assessment. Presented at Council on Undergraduate Research: Windows of Opportunity for Undergraduate Research Program Directors Conference, Orange, CA.

Jones, R. (June 23, 2013). “Effective strategies for scaling up an undergraduate research internal grant program.” CUR Windows of Opportunity Conference for Undergraduate Research Program Directors, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

Jones, R., & Usher, B. (October, 2012). OSCAR Fellows: Ambassadors for Culture Change. Presented at CUR Pre-ISSOTL workshop, Hamilton, ON.

Usher, B., Moloney, D., & Porter, E. (June, 2010). Reflecting Global Diversity in an Undergraduate Research Program. Panel presentation at Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, “Undergraduate Research as Transformative Practice,” Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

Usher, B. & Seshaiyer, P. (October, 2011). Transforming a Campus Culture by Creating a Faculty-Supportive Environment for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Invited presentation at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Conference of Research Experiences for Undergraduate Student Scholarship, Arlington, VA.

Usher, B. (June, 2012). The Challenge of Authentic Research Within the Curriculum. Presented at the Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, College of New Jersey, NJ.

Usher, B. (July, 2012). Responding to Change: Course Redesign for Students as Scholars. Presented at the 4-VA Biology Conference, James Madison University, VA.

Usher, B. (June, 2013). Scholarship Development Grants: Windows of Opportunity for Faculty and Students. Presented at Council on Undergraduate Research: Windows of Opportunity for Undergraduate Research Program Directors Conference, Orange, CA.

Poster Presentations

Jones, R. (June 30, 2014). "UNIV 495: An interdisciplinary research seminar", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Ahn, C., (June 30, 2014). "Transforming A Research Project into a Resource in Undergraduate Science Teaching―The Case of a Field-Based Learning in Ecological Sustainability", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC

Wood, T., (June 30, 2014). "SENCER Center for Innovation, Chesapeake Bay: Opportunities for Collaboration on Research and Curriculum Reform", Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Datta, S., & Usher, B. (January, 2013). "Spotlight: Team-Based Interdisciplinary Research". CUR Undergraduate Research Program Directors NewsBriefs.


Davis, S., & Jones, R. (October 2, 2013). “Exploring the mentor-mentee relationship: A mixed methods study”, Council on Undergraduate Research Pre-Workshop to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning National Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jones, R., & Usher, B. (October 23, 2013). "OSCAR Fellows: Ambassadors for Culture Change", Council on Undergraduate Research Pre-Workshop to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning National Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jones, R. (September 21, 2012). "Mentoring Undergraduates in Scholarly Activity", Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, September 21, 2012.

Jones, R., Webb, D., & Buchanan, L. (March 22, 2012). “Tailoring High Impact Practices for Success in a Non-Traditional Setting”, AAC&U Working Conference, Student Success: Pushing Boundaries, Raising Bar, Seattle, WA.

Usher, B. (October, 2010). How to build a student scholarship project. Presented at Innovations in Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, George Mason University.

Workshops and Symposia


Hazel, S. L., & Usher, B. M. (2013). Using a master rubric for program planning and assessment. Workshop presented at the Council on Undergraduate Research Undergraduate Research Program Directors Windows of Opportunity Conference, Orange, CA.

Hazel, S. L. (2013). Students as Scholars: Intentional learning through undergraduate research and creative activities. Workshop presented at the Virginia Assessment Group meeting, Roanoke, VA. [Download PDF]

Eby, K., Kayler, B., Reid, E., & Usher, B. (June, 2011). Developing Inquiry-Based Educational Experiences at George Mason University. Workshop presented at 2011 International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

Eby K & Usher, B. (October, 2010). Teaching SOS. Workshop at Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.