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Dr. Sebnem Cilesiz is the new Research Integrity Officer at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She will work closely with the Office of Research Integrity.

Dr. Cilesiz is a professor of research and qualitative methodology and is the holder of the Patrick Rutherford/BORSF Professorship in Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development.

As RIO, she will serve as a resource for researchers, consulting on what activities might be classified as plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication. Her role is to assist the research community with maintaining a trustworthy research record.

“As UL Lafayette’s research impact and reputation increase nationally and globally, I am honored to contribute to UL Lafayette’s research mission by ensuring the integrity and responsible conduct of research and by supporting the enculturation of junior scholars to develop as virtuous and principled researchers,” said Dr. Cilesiz, and was appointed to this role by the Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development.

She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013, she was an assistant professor at The Ohio State University.

She teaches research, writing, and qualitative methods courses in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership and mentors doctoral students. Her research interests include advancing qualitative research methodologies, critical approaches to research on educational policy and leadership, and social and cultural contexts of technology use.

Her research has been published in key scholarly journals, such as American Educational Research Journal, Organizational Research Methods, Qualitative Inquiry, Review of Research in Education, and International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

Dr. Cilesiz is a past winner of the Young Scholar Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for her work on phenomenological research. She serves on the editorial boards of Organizational Research Methods and Educational Technology Research & Development. She has served on various committees of American Educational Research Association as well as at UL Lafayette.

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