Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative RFP
Letter of Intent: Application for a Regional Center Grant
1. The names of the Principal Investigators: John Agada, Ph.D., Professor, Chicago State University John Idoko, M.D.,Executive Director, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Nigeria Daniel R. Roland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University Don A. Wicks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kent State University

2. Name and e-mail address of the principal contact person: Dr. Don A. Wicks, dwicks@kent.edu

3. Name, address and brief description of the sponsoring institution: Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001

Kent State University (founded 1910) is among the largest regional systems in the country, with campuses in Kent, OH and seven regional sites. Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development in NE Ohio and beyond. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Kent State has a student enrollment of 34,400 and boasts 184,000 alumni worldwide. Students are served by 1249 full-time faculty, 1111 part-time faculty, and 2693 staff (figures as of Nov. 2008)
4. Proposed project title: Understanding the Pentecostal and Charismatic response to the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Nigeria: A Case Study of Congregational Communication Patterns in Three States.
5. Approximate proposed budget: $300,000 Support for two Nigerian doctoral students attending Kent State for two years Summer buy-outs/stipends for KSU faculty, CSU faculty & Nigerian faculty Travel to Nigeria & some domestic travel to conferences to disseminate findings Costs to host conference at Kent State Start-up support for Center for Study of Information & Religion in Nigeria Graduate Assistant support (1 year) for KSU Center for the Study of Information & Religion
6. Statement of the proposed research project:
This proposal is designed to facilitate the work of a new research center which has been recently been approved for Kent State University, and to establish a partner center in Nigeria. The Center for the Study of Information & Religion (CSIR) at KSU was formed to facilitate research within the Library & Information Science field that is focused on the various institutions and agents of religion and their effect on social knowledge through the use, dissemination, and diffusion of information. The CSIR utilizes an interdisciplinary approach with other fields in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and collaborative partnerships with various representatives of religious faiths and denominations. The PCR Initiative readily fits the mission of CSIR. The proposal would see a new center established in Nigeria and the project described would be the first cooperative effort of CSIR-Nigeria and CSIR-Kent. The proposal addresses the call to both strengthen an existing center and establish a new one, both with the purpose of bringing scholars together in new and effective ways.
Research purpose and RFP questions: The initial study will investigate the response of Pentecostal and Charismatic religions to the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Nigeria. Specifically, the study will address the following questions:
(i) How do Pentecostal and Charismatic ministers conceptualize the HIV-AIDS epidemic in their sermons with reference to current economic, political and cultural realities and traditions of the Nigeria society? (ii) What roles do Pentecostal and Charismatic religions play in promoting the reproductive health and a supportive civic culture in their congregations? and (iii) What is the impact of Pentecostal and Charismatic religious sermons, counseling and other outreach services on the HIV-AIDS related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of their congregations and larger communities?

Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states, which record some of the highest HIV-AIDS prevalence rates in Nigeria, will serve as field sites for this case study. This research therefore seeks to address in the main, the 3rd set of research questions cited in the RFP. Specifically, in part, that set of questions asks, “What is the impact on civil society, if any, of Pentecostal/charismatic religion? What contribution does the study of “spirit-empowered” religion make to our understanding of the role of religion in human society?” Subsequently, the Call asks, “How is Pentecostal/charismatic religion addressing problems related to health care…?” In this study the focus is on sexual mores and, in particular, the HIV/AIDS crisis. As such, the study engages a topic of interest to scholars interested in social change and the role of religion in that process.

Background and need for study: Nigeria ranks third after South Africa and India in global HIV-AIDS prevalence rates. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with an estimated population of over 149 million people. It is third in the world in terms of people living with, and deaths due to HIV/AIDS. Numbers are expected to double by 2012. In 2003, the Nigerian Government observed that
‘The impact of the epidemic on the social and economic development of Nigeria has been substantial. It has contributed to the present decrease in life expectancy; increased the number of deaths of young adults; increased the number of orphans in the country; increased the cost of achieving developmental goals and increased the level of poverty in the country. It threatens to cause even worse socio-economic problems if the epidemic is allowed to further escalate’ [Federal Government of Nigeria (2003): National Policy on HIV/AIDS. Abuja: FGN/NACA]
Since the 1990s, the Nigerian government has sought to expand its initial health-focused response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to embrace preventive education. Accordingly, educational, cultural, civic and religious institutions and organizations have been called upon to join forces in combating the crisis. Their intervention programs have, in spite of their agreed value, been challenged by cultural and religious beliefs and practices. The nature and interplay of these factors, as well as their implications for HIV/AIDS interventions and programs in Nigeria, are not well understood.

4. Study design and methodology:

A longitudinal case study design based on the qualitative research tradition will be used to undertake this research project in Benue, Narasarawa and Plateau states. Data will be collected according to the following timeline:
(i) YEAR 1 - identify and categorize the major Pentecostal and Charismatic churches in these states; establish baseline data on how these religious groups are responding to the epidemic in their congregations and communities. A survey will be administered to the pastors and ministers, and will focus on the objectives, content and interpretations of their sermons. Some larger churches use satellite broadcasts of services and recordings from five such churches will be made. Also, researchers will visit five smaller churches and make audio recordings of services. One-on-one, in-depth and unstructured follow-up interviews will be conducted with a sample of informants. Nigerian doctoral students will be recruited for the Kent State program.
(ii) YEAR 2 - assess indicators of involvement in addressing the HIV/AIDS situation, through examination of documentary data collected from church communication instruments and media, and records of local government social services, especially public health and HIV-AIDS programs, and the mass media. A Resource Center for collection and storage of data will be established at the new CSIR-Nigeria. KSU faculty will continue to work with Nigerian doctoral students. Once these students are ABD, they will return to Nigeria and use the resources (data and personnel) of CSIR-Nigeria to complete their dissertations.

5. Importance of study: The study is an important beginning for collaborative work between Nigerian and North American scholars. The particular project envisioned here will add to work other scholars are addressing – such as that of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (some Nigerian studies are listed at http://www.glopent.net/global-pentecostalism/africa ; samples of additional studies can be found in Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance & Review of Religious Research, 2006), and will contribute answers to questions such as the following:
Are religious leaders, however much respected in their communities, popular sources of information on sexual health and the HIV/AIDS crisis? Is there reluctance on the part of some to accept church input on sexual health because of a perceived connection between colonialism and Christian dogma and the conclusion that these are unreflective of the local cultures and current socio-economic realities? Are there barriers between clergy and congregant based on class differences (trained college professors, physicians and engineers may come from the elite class)? Do some ministers “indigenize” Christianity by adopting grassroots approaches to managing their congregations, and relating their sermons and outreach services to contemporary issues, including HIV-AIDS education and the development of civil society in their communities? How is the emerging identity and impact of Pentecostal and Charismatic religions in Nigeria evidenced, if at all, in their response to the HIV-AIDS epidemic?

7. Qualifications of the principal investigators:
a. Dr. John Agada (jagada@csu.edu) is Professor and Director of the Department of Library, Information and Media Studies, at Chicago State University. He experience in designing and evaluating information and educational services targeted at marginalized populations of the African Diaspora. Some of his projects include studies of inner-city African-American pastors and congregations. A Nigerian by birth, he has won grants from the U.S. State Department to revise university curricula in Nigeria and integrate indigenous knowledge resources, as well as support development of civil society in Nigerian communities. His current interests focus on understanding the intersection of African cultural beliefs and norms with those of modern religions and civil society traditions.
b. Dr. John Idoko is Executive Director of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (http://www.naca.gov.ng/), Abuja, Nigeria. Previously, he was Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Jos and Consultant Physician to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He is Principal Investigator for the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) program based at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). The APIN program is an integrated comprehensive AIDS program encompassing PMTCT, pediatric and adult ART, STI backed up with a state of the art laboratory. Initial funding was from the Gates Foundation. Currently the program is
receiving funding from PEPFAR.
c. Dr. Daniel Roland (droland1@kent.edu) is Assistant Professor at the School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH. His dissertation focused on the sermon preparation process and current research continues that focus. Conference presentations and pending publications have identified “map points” in qualitative research where interviewer and interviewee impact the future direction of the data collection. He is co-founder of the Center or the Study of Information & Religion (CSIR) at Kent State.
d. Dr. Don A. Wicks (dwicks@kent.edu) is Associate Professor and Director of the new Center for the Study of Information & Religion (CSIR), School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH. He has published on the information-seeking behavior of pastoral clergy and the legal status of clergy privilege. Conference presentations and publications include the relationship of ethical codes in the social sciences to biblical codes, and methodologies for understanding ministerial sermon preparation and presentation. Other published work has examined seniors and information seeking, collaborative collection development, and reference service.
e. Additional Nigeria-based collaborators comprise three Nigeria-based professors of religious studies and philosophy, political science, and library & information science, respectively – all at Benue State University, Makurdi. Their CVs and appropriate letters of support will be furnished with the full proposal. They are Dr. Daniel S. Shishima, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Dr. Oga Ajene, Department of Political Science; and Dr. Michael Ochogwu, Department of Library and Information Science.


Sponsoring Institution

Kent State University http://www.kent.edu

Sub-units of KSU

College of Communication & Information http://www.kent.edu/cci/
School of Library & Information Science http://www.slis.kent.edu
Center for the Study of Information & Religion http://csir.slis.kent.edu

Co-operating Institutions
Chicago State University http://library.csu.edu/
Benue State University




Curriculum Vita

John Agada, Professor & Director
Department of Library, Information and Media Studies
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Formal Education
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. Library and Information Science
M. Ed. Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria Education: Curriculum and
Instruction
BLS. Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria Library Science/Education
(Double Major)

Employment History
August 2009 – Present: Professor & Director
Department of Library, Information and Media Studies
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL 60628-1598

August 2004 – 2009: Professor
School of Library and Information Management,
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. 66801.

January 1999-2004 (Tenure-August 2000): Associate Professor and Director, Research Center,
School of Library and Information Management,
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. 66801.

August 1995 – December 1998: Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI 53201.

August 1991 – June 1995: Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Management
Emporia State , University, Emporia, KS. 66801.

September 1990 – July 1991: Visiting Scholar
School of Communications, Library and Information Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

October 1978 – August 1990: Graduate Assistant - Senior Lecturer (Joint Appointment)
School of Library and Information Science & Department of Education
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Select list of relevant publications
John Agada, John Gathegi, Johannes Britz & Peter Lor (2009, Forthcoming) Globalization of intellectual property rights: Implications of the TRIPS Agreement for access to HIV/AIDS Drugs in Africa. Accepted paper presentation for the72nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), Vancouver, CA, November 9-11, 2009.

John Agada & Deborah Daunheimer (2001) Beyond ADA: Crossing borders to understand
the psychosocial needs of students with disabilities, in Conference Proceedings, ACRL 10th
National Conference, March 15-18, 2001, Denver, CO., ACRL, Chicago, pp. 295-302.

John Agada (2001) Deconstructing the at-risk student Phenomenon: Can librarian values
salvage education for the 21st Century? In Conference Proceedings, ACRL 10th National
Conference, March 15-18, 2001, Denver, CO., ACRL, Chicago, pp. 81-88.

John Agada. (2000) Repackaging information. In Knowledge Management for the Information Professionals. Edited by T. Kanti Srikantaiah & M. Koenig. Pp. 333-346. Medford, N.J.: Information Today.

John Agada (2000) Knowledge seeking behavior in an inner city community: Assessment
of a first generation universal service program, in ASIS 2000 – Knowledge Innovations,
Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science
(ASIS), November 12-16, 2000, Chicago, Il. Information Today, Medford, NJ: vol 37, pp. 149-158.

John Agada & Martha Hale (2000) Using cyberspace to nurture civil society in Nigeria and
the USA: An Educational partnership model. In DIAC 2000 – Shaping the network society:
The Future of the public sphere in cyberspace. Proceedings of Computer Professionals for
Social Responsibility CPSR) Annual Conference, Research presentations 3-9. May 20-23,
2000, Seattle, Washington.

John Agada. (1999) Inner-city gatekeepers: An exploratory survey of their information use
environment. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 30(1): 74-85.

John Agada (1998) Teaching collaborative skills in library and information science education.
In Collaboration across boundaries: Theories, strategies and technology. Proceedings of the
1998 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting. Orlando, FL. May 16-20, 1998. pp. 7-16.Medford, NJ:
ASIS/Information Today Inc.

John Agada. (1987). Assertion and the librarian personality, In Allen Kent (Ed.)
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 42(7), Marcel Dekker, 1987, pp. 128 - 144.

John Agada & Malore Brown. (1998) Towards a networked community of Africans in
the Diaspora: Problems and prospects. IFLA Journal.24 (4): 237-244.

John Agada. (1998) Profiling librarians with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Studies
in self-selection and type stability. Education for Information, 15 (4): 57-68.

John Agada. (1998) Multicultural education and the emerging paradigm; An Essay in
Cultural epistemology. The Urban Review, 15 (1): 77-96.

John Agada (1989). Assessing the behavioral impact of library education at Ahmadu Bello
University: A Longitudinal Study, Journal of Educational Research and Development, 1(1), pp. 1-11.

John Agada. (1997) Information counseling and the outsourcing challenge of corporate
librarianship. College and Research Libraries 58(4): 338-347.

John Agada & Kenneth Weaver. (1997) Empathy, assertiveness and professional socialization in library
education. Journal of Library and Information Science. 23(2): 1-15.

Manuscripts in preparation for Publication
Robert Grover, Roger Greer & John Agada. Assessing information needs for customizing information services. Under Contract. Due Fall 2009.

John Agada. Diversity and the LIS profession: Transforming theory to practice. Under Contract. Libraries Unlimited. Spring 2010.

Relevant & Relevant Funded Research & Program Development Projects:
2006: The Emporia Diversity Initiative: Matching Retention with Recruitment Strategies. A program targeted at recruiting and mentoring minority students into undergraduate and graduate programs in library and information management. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C. $886,000.

2000: Building global partnerships to support development of civil society in Nigeria. (The Nigeria Project). A 4 yr. educational partnership program between SLIM and three library schools in Nigeria. U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, College and University Affiliation Program. $150,000

1998: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Graduate School Research Committee Grant: Assessing the information behaviors of the African-American community in Milwaukee’s inner city. Dec.1998. ($7,860)

1996: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Institute on Race and Ethnicity. A Research grant to fund the study: Extending the information superhighway into the African-American community in Milwaukee’s inner city. $8,000.

CV
Professor JOHN ALECHENU IDOKO, MD, FMCP

SCHOOLS AND TRAINING WITH DATES
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; 1986 –1987. Training in Infectious Diseases and Immunology of Infections
Supranumerary Registrar in General Medicine at Royal Victoria, Newcastle General and Freeman Hospitals, Newcastle-Upon Tyne, United Kingdom; 1981 –1982. This was part of the residency programme of the Nigerian Post Graduate Medical College.
Residency Programme of the Nigerian Postgraduate College (NPMC); 1978 – 1983. Residency training in Internal Medicine.
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Medical School, Zaria Nigeria; 1971 – 1976
Federal Govt. College, Sokoto Nigeria; 1969 –1970. Higher School Course (Advanced level)
St Francis secondary school, Otukpo Nigeria; 1964 –1968. Training for the West African School Certificate (WASC)
Native Authority Primary School, Otobi Nigeria; 1958 –1963

CERTIFICATES OBTAINED WITH DATES
(i) Fellow of the Medical College of Physic (FMCP Nigeria), 1983
(ii) MD (ABU), 1976
(iii) Higher School Certificate (HSC); 3 principal passes, 1970
West African Secondary School Certificate (WASC); Grade 1with Distinction, 1968

PRIZES AND MERITS
- Profiled in The Lancet’s “Lifeline column”, 2006
- Merit award by the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Jos for
Exemplary work in the area of HIV/AIDS, 2005
- Senior Fogarty Fellow, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA; 2002
- Smith Kline Beecham Travel Fellowship; 1992
- May and Baker Travel Fellowship; 1991
- Pfizer Travel Fellowship; 1986
- Commonwealth Fellowship in Infection and Immunology; 1986
- Glaxo Prize in Paediatrics, Final MBBS; 1976
- Physics Prize, Federal Govt. College, Sokoto Nigeria; 1970
- Best Graduating Student, St. Francis secondary school, Otukpo Nigeria; 1968

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS WITH DATES
1992 Appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Jos and Consultant Physician to the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos Nigeria. Clinical practice as consultant Physician in general medicine and infectious diseases and training of undergraduate medical students and residents preparing for the various stages of the exams of the Nigerian and West African Postgraduate Colleges. Also involved in research into infectious diseases mainly, HIV/AIDS.
Appointed Associate Professor at the University of Jos and Consultant Physician to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Jos; Clinical practice in general medicine and infectious diseases and the training of undergraduate and postgraduates (residents) in medicine.

Appointed Senior Lecturer in Medicine at Ahmadu Bello University and Consultant Physician to Ahmadu Bello University Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria. Clinical practice and research in general medicine and infectious diseases; also lectures and training for undergraduates and postgraduates (residents) in medicine the teaching hospital.

Commonwealth Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, London School of Hygiene, London UK. Engaged in research in infectious diseases and immunology of infections under Professor K.W MacAdams. Also part time lecturer in tropical diseases on the MSc. and DTM&H programmes of the London School of Hygiene.

1984-1986 Appointed lecturer in Medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University and Consultant Physician to the Ahmadu Bello University Hospital, Zaria Nigeria. Giving lectures to Undergraduate medical students and Postgraduate residents of the Nigerian and West African postgraduate colleges of Physicians. Consultant Physician in general medicine and infectious diseases to the Ahmadu Bello University Hospital, Zaria Nigeria.

1981-1982 Postgraduate Residency Training as Supranumerary Registrar in General Medicine at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle General and Freeman Hospitals, Newcastle-Upon Tyne, United Kingdom; rotating through various disciplines in medicine including Nephrology (Professor D.N.S. Kerr), Neurology (Professor J. Walton), Cardiology (Dr. R. Hall), Endocrinology (Dr. W.M.G Tunbridge) and Pulmonology (Dr. R.A.L Brewis).

1978 -1983 Postgraduate Residency Programme of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College (NPMC), rotating through various subspecialties in medicine under Professors E.H.O Parry (Cardiology), P.A.J Ball (Infectious diseases), Y.M Fakunle (Gastroenterology), and Drs. C. Renner (Endocrinology) and B.M Greenwood (Infection/Immunology); rising through Senior House Officer S.H.O (1978-1979), to Registrar (1979-1980) and Senior Registrar (1980-1983)
1977- 1978 National Youth Service Corp, Anambra State, Nigeria, running Basic Health Services in Awka Local government Council. Also worked as locum medical officer, Oko Community Hospital, Anambra State

1976 –1977 Pre-registration House job, Ahmadu Bello University Hospital, Zaria Nigeria under Professors E.H.O Parry (Medicine), J.H Lawrie (Surgery), K.A Harrison (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and R. Dobbs (Paediatrics)

SPECIALTY AND SUBSPECIATLY
General Internal Medicine
Infectious Diseases and Immunology of Infections.

RESEARCH STUDIES/EXPERIENCE

Clinical, laboratory and immunological studies into various septicaemias in Zaria, Nigeria; 1982-1985
Clinical, microbiological and immunological studies in salmonella typhi in Zaria, Nigeria; 1982-1983
Clinical and drug trial studies in Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma Haematobium; 1982-1984
Clinical and immunological research into Tetanus; 1984-1987
Clinical, laboratory and immunological studies in Tropical Pyomyositis; 1984-1989
Studies on Tumour Necrosis Factor and clinical application in tuberculosis and other infections; 1986-1987
Studies on invitro binding of fibronectin to fibronectin binding receptors of Staphylococcus aureus and skeletal muscle cells and applications to tropical pyomyositis; 1986-1987
Clinical trial of Roxithromycin sponsored by Hoest (Nig. Ltd);
1993-1994
Multicentre International trial on Fleroxacin sponsored by Roche (Nig.) Ltd; 1994-1995
Malaria Logistics study: Evaluation of Primary Health Care Drugs (ant i-malarials and antibiotics) in two states of Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and Combating Childhood Communicable Diseases (CCCD), a division of USAID; 1992-1994
Longitudinal Clinical and laboratory studies on HIV infection and AIDS; 1990 till date including:
epidemiological and clinical studies of HIV/AIDS in JUTH
Seroepidemiology of HIV and HBV in communities in Jos
Glaxowellcome sponsored compassionate clinical trial of antiretroviral drugs: 3TC and ZDV; 3TC/ZDV combination (combivir) and Agenarase in HIV/AIDS
Roche sponsored trial of antiretroviral drugs including the Protease Inhibitor, Nelfinavir in a three drug combination in HIV/AIDS
HIV vaccine preparedness studies in collaboration with the Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Collaborative studies with the Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, U.S.A. on variability of HIV isolates and protective immune responses.
Principal Investigator for the Jos center for the Nation wide trial of a Federal Government sponsored trial of CIPLA antiretroviral combination (triamune) containing stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine
Principal Investigator of HIV/AIDS research projects studies in Jos, Nigeria as part of an AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) funded by the Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation. This is a longitudinal research programme between the Harvard University School of Public Health and the University of Jos/Jos University Teaching Hospital.
Co- Investigator, Doris Duke grant on DOT-HAART and community treatment support study at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos Nigeria.
Co-Investigator on Havard University Program on AIDS grant on ethnographic studies on adherence to HAART at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos Nigeria.
Co-Investigator on NIH grant on co-infection of HIV with HBV and HCV at ART clinic in Jos, Nigeria.




Curriculum Vitae

Daniel R. Roland

Kent State University, Library 314G, Kent OH, 44242 – 330-672-0037 – droland1@kent.edu


EDUCATION

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EMPORIA, KANSAS

Ph.D. in Library & Information Management – 2008
Dissertation Title: Interpreting Scripture in Contemporary Times: A Study of a Clergy Member’s Sense-Making Behavior in Preparing the Sunday Sermon

Master of Library Science - 1995

WESLEY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, WASHINGTON DC
Master of Divinity - 1985

MID-AMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, OLATHE KS
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - 1980

CURRENT RESEARCH

I conduct qualitative research on the information behavior of clergy in the sermon preparation process and on the sermon as an influential knowledge product in the social construction of knowledge.

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, 2008 – Present
Researcher - Center for the Study of Information and Religion

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University
1996 – 2008

INFORMATION SPECIALIST
Koch Crime Commission, Topeka KS
1995 - 1996

ORDAINED ELDER, PARISH DIRECTOR
United Methodist Church, Kansas East Annual Conference, Topeka KS
1984 – 1995



GRANTS AWARDED

AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
$2,000 Publication Grant, 2009-2010
Project title: Online Data Sources for Research in Religion: An Annotated Bibliography

PUBLICATIONS

Afzal, W., Roland, D., and Al-Squri, M. (2009). Information Asymmetry and Product Valuation: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Information Science Vol. 35, No. 2 pp. 192-203.

Roland, Daniel R. and Wicks, Don A. (2009). A Conversational Model for Qualitative Research: A Case Study of Clergy and Religious Knowledge. Australian Academic & Research Libraries. In press.

Roland, Daniel R. and Wicks, Don A. and. (2009). Qualitative Research in the New Century: Map Points in Insider Research. Canadian Association for Information Science, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 28-30. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference. Available at http://www.cais-acsi.ca/proceedings/2009/Wicks_Roland_2009.pdf

Roland, D. (2008) Clergy Sense-Making Behavior and the Sermon Preparation Task. Association for the Scientific Study of Religion – Southwest 2008 Conference Proceedings, pp. 23-30.

Roland, D. (2003). Emporia State University provides education options for the Colorado library profession. Colorado Libraries, 29(2), 23-25.

Roland, D. (2003). Maintaining high touch for effective distance education. In D. Barron, editor, Creating Opportunities for Distance Learners: Models from Library and Information Science (pp. 23-27). Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Roland, D. (1998). Going the distance for a library science education: a report on the SLIM distance education program in Nebraska. Nebraska Library Association Quarterly, 28(4), 9-16.

Roland, D. (1998). The MLS for distance learners: A case study. Business & Finance Bulletin 109, 53-56. Business and Finance Division, Special Libraries Association.

PRESENTATIONS

Qualitative Research in the New Century: Map Points in Insider Research with Dr. Don Wicks. 37th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science, Ottawa, Canada, May 28-30, 2009.

A Conversational Model for Qualitative Research: A Case Study of Clergy and Religious Knowledge with Dr. Don Wicks. Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Conference, Sydney, AU, January 23, 2009.


The challenges and benefits of insider status: A critique of a single-case study of the Sense-Making behavior of a clergy member and the interpretation of Scripture.. Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting, St. Louis MO, March 2008.

Relating faith to the contemporary world: A study of a clergy member’s sense-making behavior in preparing the Sunday sermon. Connections 2007, Drexel University.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Society for Information Science & Technology
Association of Library and Information Science Educators
Religious Research Association
Society for the Scientific Research of Religion

DONALD A. WICKS
Associate Professor

School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242 Telephone: (330) 672-0011; Fax: (330) 672-7965 ; E-mail: dwicks@kent.edu

EDUCATION
• Ph.D. (Library & Information Science), University of Western Ontario (1997)
• Master of Biblical Studies, Heritage Theological Seminary (formerly London Baptist Seminary) (1991)
• M.A. (History), University of Guelph (1971)
• B.A. (History), University of Winnipeg (1969)

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journals:
• Roland, Daniel and Don A. Wicks. (2009). A Conversational Model for Qualitative Research: A Case Study of Clergy and Religious Knowledge. Australian Academic & Research Libraries. In press.
• Brown-Syed, Christopher; Lynda Baker; Don A. Wicks. (2008). Doctoral recruitment factors: Results of a survey of deans and directors. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 49 (2, Spring), 107-115.
• Cardina, Christin and Don A. Wicks. (2004). The changing roles of academic reference librarians over a ten-year period. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(2, Winter), 133-142. Winner: RUSA Reference Press Award Committee, Recognition as “One of the Best Articles Written in RUSQ in the Past Two Years,” February 2006.
• Maurer, Margaret and Don A. Wicks. (2004). Collaboration in collection management: A convergence of education & practice. Research Sharing & Information Networks, 17(1/2), 57-75. Co-published simultaneously in Libraries within their institutions: Creative collaborations. (ed. William Miller and Rita M. Pellen). Binghampton, NY: Haworth Info. Press, 2004, pp. 57-75.
• Wicks, Don A. (2004). Older adults and their information seeking. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 22(2), 1-26.
• Bartolo, Laura; Don A. Wicks; Valerie Ott. (2002). Border crossing in a research university: An exploratory analysis of a library approval plan profile in Geography. Collection Management, 27(3/4), 29-44.
• Bartolo, Laura; Don A. Wicks; David Swords]. (2001). Four birds with one stone: Collaboration in collection development. Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, 25(4), 473-483.
• Wicks, Don A. (1999). The information-seeking behavior of pastoral clergy: A study of their work worlds and work roles. Library & Information Science Research, 21(1), 205-226.
• Wicks, Don A. (1996). A minister's information handling: protections and constraints on a pastor's caregiving. Journal of Religious & Theological Information, 2(2), 29-48.

Refereed Proceedings:
• Roland, Daniel and Don A. Wicks. 2009. Qualitative Research in the New Century: Map Points in Insider Research. Canadian Association for Information Science, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 28-30. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference.
• Wicks, Don A. and Edith Scarletto. (2005). Information seeking and source availability in gerontology research. In Liwen Vaughan, ed., Data, Information, and Knowledge in a Networked World. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference, London, ON, Canada
• Wicks, Don A. (2003). Building bridges for seniors: Older adults and the digital divide. In Wilhelm C. Peekhaus & Louise F. Spiteri, eds. Bridging the digital divide: Equalizing access to information and communication technologies. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada.
• Wicks, Don A. (2001). ‘Go with the flow:’ Independent older adults and their information seeking. In Grant Campbell, ed. Beyond the web: Technologies, knowledge and people. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference, Quebec City, PQ, Canada.
• Bartolo, Laura; Wicks, Don A.; Valerie Phillips. (2001). Collection development and interdisciplinary endeavours: Collaborative efforts for educational and work environments. In Hugh A. Thompson, ed. Crossing the Divide. Proceedings of the 10th National Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Denver, CO, March 15-18, 45-53.
• Wicks, Don A. (1999). Micro-roles and the information-seeking behaviour of seniors. In James Turner, ed. Where has it been, where is it going? Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke. Quebec, June 9-11, 1999
• Wicks, Don A. (1997). Defining information worlds for information needs and uses research: Methodological issues. In Bernd Frohmann, ed., Communication and Information in Context: Society, Technology, and the Professions. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference, Learned Societies Congress, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Other:
• Fisher, Jeff and Don A. Wicks. (2004). Bookmobile service to homeschoolers in Ohio. Bookmobiles and Outreach Services, 7(1), 7-28.
• Wicks, Don A. (2001). Fog at the border. In Thomas R. Hensley, ed., The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society. Kent, OH: Kent State University.
• Wicks, Don A. and Margaret Maurer, co-producers. (2006). Touring technical services. An instructional and training video produced by Libraries & Media Services, Kent State University, Kent, OH (22 minutes). [Available at http://kira.lms.kent.edu:554/TTS384k.mov ]

PRESENTATIONS: 33 (Australia, Canada, U.S.A.)

RESEARCH GRANTS RECEIVED
Team Member for Institute of Museums & Library Services, National Leadership Grant, Project: “Health Information Seeking Behaviors of Older Adults: Research to Guide Development of Health Literacy Skills, Library Programming, and Community Networks,” 2005-06 through 2007-08. Dr. Mary Stansbury & Ruth Ludwick, co-PIs.
Faculty/Undergraduate Research Funding Grant, Project: “The Interdisciplinary Gerontology Research Base Available Through the Kent State University Library System,” Kent State University, 2002-2003.
Faculty/Undergraduate Research Funding Grant, Project: “Independent Older Adults and Their Information Seeking,” Kent State University, 2000-2001.
Research Development Fund Grant, Project: “Micro Roles and the Information-Seeking Behaviour of Seniors,” Dalhousie University, 1998-1999.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Assistant Professor: July 1999-August 2004; Associate Professor: August 2004 - present
School of Library & Information Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Assistant Professor: September 1997 -June 1999
Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Western Ontario, Lecturer: Fall 1993; Fall 1995-Summer 1997

Supervision & Evaluation of Graduate Students:
External Advisor, PhD Dissertation, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, 2007
Supervisor, Master of Liberal Studies Major Research Paper, Kent State University, Kent, OH:, 2007
Supervisor, Master’s Thesis, School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Kent. OH:, 2003
Supervisor, more than 350 Research Papers, Research Projects, Practica, School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH
External Examiner, MLIS , Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 2001.

UNIVERSITY & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (Selected)
Co-Chair (with R. Rubin). Internal Review Committee for the graduate program in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, Kent State University, 2008.
Member, Faculty Senate, Kent State University. 2008-present. Elected by the faculty of College of Information & Communication.
Member, College Advisory Council, College of Communication & Information, Kent State University, 2005-present.
Co-chair, ALISE Recruitment Committee, 2007-2008; member, 2006.
Reviewer, Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ); Journal of Religious & Theological Information (JRTI); Collection Management, Neal-Schumann Publishers; Information Literacy, Scarecrow Press; ASIS&T International Paper Contest, 2009; etc.