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I teach courses in research methods and in organizational theory/behavior. My research focuses on collegiate culture/subcultures, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, organizational effectiveness, and the doctoral student experience.”
Bio

I came to Johnson & Wales University after working for nearly 30 years as a college administrator, specializing in educational research, strategic planning, institutional accreditation, and program review/assessment.

Now, as a professor in the university’s Educational Leadership doctoral program, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a vibrant and dedicated community of ELP doctoral faculty, staff, students and alumni.

I teach courses in research methods and in organizational theory/behavior. My research focuses on collegiate culture/subcultures, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, organizational effectiveness, and the doctoral student experience.

Areas of Expertise

  • Research methods, specializing in qualitative and mixed methods designs
  • Organizational theory & behavior
  • Collegiate culture, subculture studies

Certifications

  • Certificate, Human Subjects Research Training (CITI Program), #29476648
  • Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) Certification, #1328332 National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Extramural Research Certification
  • Certificate, Management of Nonprofit/Arts Organizations, URI 

Professional Service/Memberships

  • Board of Directors for Rhode Island State Representative, New England Educational Research Organization
  • Board of Directors, Northeastern Educational Research Association
  • Strategic Planning Committee, NEAIR
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Qualitative Methods
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Editorial Board, Planning for Higher Education Journal
  • Reviewer, Impacting Education Journal (CPED)
  • Textbook reviewer, Sage Publishing
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
  • International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics: Data Science and Institutional Research Subgroup
  • International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association
  • New England Educational Research Organization
  • Northeast Association for Institutional Research
  • Society for College and University Planning


Recent Publications

  • Billups, F.D. (in press, 2019). Empowering faculty who teach adults: Implications for higher education, In J. Gregory (ed.), School leadership for learning: Learning theory to improve professional practice. TopHat Publishing.
  • Billups, F. D. (Fall, 2016). Applying Krueger and Casey’s classic approach to focus group data analysis. The NERA Researcher, pp. 10-11.
  • Billups, F. D. (2015). Strategic planning in the academy: Reflections on what really matters. Planning for Higher Education Journal | V43N3 April–June 2015.

  • Billups, F. D. (Fall, 2014).  Trustworthiness and the quest for rigor in qualitative research. The NERA Researcher, 52, pp. 10-12.

  • Billups, F. D. (Summer/Fall, 2013).  Focus group research: What makes a focus group…a focus group? The NERA Researcher, 51, pp. 10-11. http://www.nera-education.org/newsletter/NERA_Researcher_Summer-Fall_2013.pdf

     

Sample Courses

  • EDUC 7031: Organizational Theory & Behavior in Higher Education
  • EDUC 9010: Doctoral Dissertation
  • EDUC 7006: Research I: Educational Research for Higher Education Leaders
  • EDUC 9005: The Field Research Project