The impact of a multimodal professional network on developing social capital and research capacity of faculty at historically black colleges and universities
Jillian Ives, Brian Drayton, Kathryn Hobbs & Joni Falk
Ives, J., Drayton, B., Hobbs, K. et al. The impact of a multimodal professional network on developing social capital and research capacity of faculty at historically black colleges and universities. Educ Inf Technol (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-022-11464-z
This qualitative case study examined how a multimodal professional network environment (STEM for all Video Showcase) affected five STEM educational researchers’ capacity to engage in grant funded research at U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Guided by the social capital and professional network literature as a conceptual framework, we analyzed data from surveys, interviews, and online discussion posts. We aimed to understand HBCU-based researchers’ supports and barriers in writing and/or conducting grant funded research in STEM education, and ways in which the multimodal professional network experience supported their research and professional networking, if at all. We found that organizational structures shaped participants’ social capital as well as their grant funded research activities. Further, participating in a multimodal professional network enabled participants to further develop their research capacity and to also expand their collegial networks. We offer recommendations for institutions to support the research endeavors of their faculty and suggest ways in which organizations using or developing professional multimodal networks can enhance faculty research development.