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Research and Creative Inquiry

As a university, we are in the business of knowledge—not only knowledge transmission but with knowledge creation. Our faculty and students participate in research designed to marry intellectual ambition with the practical application of knowledge attained through scientific inquiry in order to address real world problems.

International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) conference hosted by AMU

AMU hosted the 13th annual IAFIE conference in Charles Town, WV, attended by students, faculty, and leaders in the intelligence field from around the globe. The theme “New Challenges and Opportunities for Enhancing Intelligence Education,” focused on ways IAFIE supports student and alumni in the intelligence field.

Dr. Kevin Harris, Program Director of Information Systems Security at APUS, said said 80 percent of cybercrime could be addressed through better training and called for greater collaboration among academics, corporations, and government agencies.

Panelists and presenters overwhelmingly agreed that in order to keep up with technology and the expanding cybercrime epidemic, there is a need for more and better intelligence training, and an expanding need for students in technology and intelligence programs. “We don’t have enough people to train,” said Chuck Russo, Program Director, Criminal Justice, Security and Global Studies at APUS.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Winners Announced

American Public University System is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

This competition was founded at Australia’s University of Queensland in 2008 as a way for graduate students to share their research with a broad audience and practice communication skills needed across all career fields. Since its inception, 3MT has spread to hundreds of universities worldwide. The first competition with APUS students was held in 2016.

As its name suggests, the 3MT competition requires that students present their work in three minutes, using one visual. For our master’s students, this contest means condensing months of work into one brief, engaging speech. The results of these efforts have been impressive.

Our 2017 winners exhibit the scholarly ingenuity and real-world application that make our master’s programs unique. Not only do our students contribute new ideas to their discipline, but they also use their learning to change their workplaces and communities.

First Place Winner
Michael Kashiktchian
Master’s in Public Administration
School of Security & Global Studies
Using Social Media to Strengthen the Police-Public Relationship

Matthew Clark
Master’s in Public Administration
School of Security & Global Studies
2017 Annual Training Plan Williston Fire Department

People’s Choice Winner
Michael Kashiktchian

Visit the 3MT® page to view the entries and videos.

ResearchFest 2016: Conflict and the Human Condition

This 3-day immersive research event for APUS faculty focused on applied research designed to solve practical problems of the modern world. The theme “Conflict and the Human Condition,” was chosen to foster interdisciplinary activity and reflect who we are and whom we serve. The first day of the event, held at university headquarters in Charles Town, WV, focused on research design and methodology. The faculty were provided opportunities to solidify their projects and ask key questions. Day two of the event centered on project management, creating research plans, developing a community for writing support. The faculty discussed their own scholarly networks and formed stronger connections with each other for future collaboration. The last day of ResearchFest challenged the faculty to think about disseminating new research to other scholars and students. The participants in ResearchFest will submit their completed research to at least one publication and deliver a webinar or share knowledge in some meaningful way to the broader university community.

Research Spotlights

The Impact of the Domestic Policy Context on the Europeanization of Civil Society Organizations’ Political Activity

Melissa Schnyder, Ph.D
The ways in which civil society organizations “Europeanize” their political activities has become a very popular area of research in political sociology and European Studies. Although Europeanization can take different forms, it generally refers to organizations’ political activity that targets the European Union (EU), or domestically-targeted political activity that is triggered by an EU-level issue.  Read more

Can Islamists be Secularized? Religion and Politics in Urban Bangladesh

Sayeed Iftekhar Ahmed, Ph.D.
Islamist political parties play significant roles in various societies and states where a majority of the Muslim population resides. In Bangladesh, which has the world’s third-largest Muslim population, Islamist parties operate as counter-hegemonic projects, whose main objectives are to challenge the existing secular or quasi-secular political system in order to establish a theocratic state Read more

Unconventional Warfare Project

Dr. Jon Holstine  Project Launch: April 2016
This study will seek to answer whether or not the United States is politically prepared to support an expanded capability and interest in Unconventional Warfare (UW).  Read more

Special Operations Research Project

Dr. Robert Redding Project Launch: March 2016
This case study will describe the special operations techniques that were used by British special operations forces during their campaign against Argentina in the Falklands theater of operations in 1982. Read more

Research & Resources

Policy Studies Organization

The university is a partner and major sponsor of the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of academic journals and book series, sponsor of conferences, and producer of programs. Our faculty and students attend and present at PSO conferences to engage in academic dialogue and network with colleagues. In collaboration with PSO, the university publishes two peer-reviewed journals, the Internet Learning Journal and the Journal of Global Security and Intelligence Studies.

Degree Qualifications Profile

Our faculty works with the Lumina Foundation to implement our degree qualifications profile (DQP) framework. DQP focuses on what students should be able to know and do upon completion of their academic programs. Our key learning outcomes are infused into all of our graduate programs to create a rich learning experience focused on real world implementation.

APUS Library

The APUS library is a leader among online universities in helping to define a new era in information services. In addition to approximately 72,000 scholarly journals, 244,500 books/ebooks, and hundreds of research guides, the library houses our recorded graduate studies webinars. Students, staff, faculty and university alumni can access the APUS Library 24/7 via the student ecampus.

Institutional Review Board

2018 Faculty Research Grants

Important Dates
November 1, 2017: Applications due to Program Directors/School Deans
November 15, 2017: Applications due to the Dean of Graduate Studies
December 31, 2017: Awards announced