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Research & Funding Opportunities

Part of the CLA Language Center’s mission is "promoting research on educational technology, second language acquisition, and related disciplines." The resources and information on this page help support language faculty, students, and staff realize this mission through work with PACE data and other Language Center (LC) resources.

Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee advises and documents research projects undertaken by University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff that incorporate LC resources, data, or staff member support. The committee’s objectives are to:

  • Facilitate the process of conducting research projects
  • Advise researchers in the design, implementation, and available resources for their project
  • Document the products of LC-supported research
  • Increase communication among researchers and the LC staff

To ensure that we meet these objectives, we request that anyone wishing to carry out an LC-supported research project follow the steps described below. The committee is also available for consultation regarding research project design, implementation, and available resources. To set up a consultation or ask questions, please contact the committee chair, Kate Paesani.

Conducting Language Center-Supported Research

To carry out a research project that involves LC resources (e.g., PACE data, technology tools, staff support, etc.), we ask that researchers follow these steps:

1. Complete the online Research Project Form prior to beginning your project

The Research Project Form asks for the following information:

  • Researcher name(s), academic role, and department
  • Project title, type, description, and expected outcomes
  • IRB exemption/acceptance letter if working with human subjects
  • LC resources required for the project, including PACE data variables if requesting access to the PACE data bank

Once submitted, the Research Advisory Committee will review the form and communicate with the researchers about their project.

Researchers requesting access to the PACE data bank must agree to the Data Use Agreement by signing their name in the Research Request Form. In addition, research involving PACE data, as well as any other human subjects research, must be reviewed by the University of Minnesota’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

To determine if a project involves human subjects, see the Human Research determination worksheet. Information about submitting a protocol for human subjects research can be found on the IRB homepage.

2. Complete the online Final Report Form at the close of your project

Once an LC-supported research project is complete, researchers must then submit a Final Report Form. This form helps the LC document research activity and outcomes, including gathering references to add to the LC research bibliography.

3. Share bibliographic information for any presentations, workshops, or publications resulting from the project for inclusion in the LC’s online project bibliography

PACE Project Conference Funding

In an effort to encourage dissemination of the PACE project results, the Language Center is pleased to make available to CLA language instructors and researchers travel funds to present research results or reports on assessment, instructional, or curricular initiatives related to or stemming from the PACE project at a relevant conference between April 2018 and December 2019.

The Language Center will provide up to $1000 to support travel, lodging, per diem, and conference registration. Funds will be awarded to an individual or group involved in a presentation for one conference per calendar year.

To qualify for funding, a conference proposal must clearly connect to the PACE project (proficiency results, curriculum revision, self-assessment, professional development). If PACE is not mentioned in the proposal itself, then the funding application must explain how PACE will be represented in the presentation.

Requirements for financial support

  • Complete an online application prior to submitting an abstract to conference planners
  • Agree to present the information in a public forum at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    (Example:  presentation, share fair, panel, etc.)
  • Agree to have the conference presentation and abstract listed in an online bibliography dedicated to LC-supported research and PACE project dissemination, as well as in reports to The Language Flagship.

P & A language instructors, graduate students and faculty are all eligible to apply for this funding.

Please contact the PACE PI, Dan Soneson, for further information.

Language Center Project Bibliography

The LC Project Bibliography will be available soon.