Authors and Advisors


Jennifer Karlin, Ph.D.

Jennifer Karlin spent the first half of her career at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where she was a faculty member and completed a term as the head of faculty development for the university. She left SDSMT as a full, tenured professor holding the Pietz Professorship for entrepreneurship. She is currently a research professor in the department of integrated engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she continues her research on the role of organizations in the development of learners, faculty, and the economy. In 2006, she received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Cassandra Groen, Ph.D.

Cassandra Groen is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering Education and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech and a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In her doctoral dissertation research, Cassandra developed a dynamic model of professional identity negotiation in undergraduate civil engineering students using grounded theory methods, particularly focusing on the events, relationships, and activities that influence students' identifications with civil engineering. Her current work includes expanding this model to explore professional identity formation in undergraduate civil engineering students who experience disabilities.

Lead advisors

Rebecca L. Davies, Ph.D.

Rebecca L. Davies received her Ph.D. in comparative animal physiology from the University of Minnesota and is an Associate Professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine department at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the Director of Quality Central at the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. Quality Central provides scientists with tools and support for integrating quality assurance (QA) best practices into academic research, service and training programs. Rebecca is developing training programs for research trainees and other scientists to help them use quality management systems and QA best practices to provide assurance that research data and records are accurate, complete, and can be readily reconstructed. This assurance stems from the use of good documentation practices, the integration of quality checkpoints throughout the research life cycle, and the adoption of research monitoring strategies to ensure continuous improvement.

Rebecca's interests include the adoption of voluntary QA practices within non-regulated research programs, sustainable models for incorporating research QA into basic research environments, research on research to improve research rigor and reproducibility, and the use of laboratory error data and QA metrics to drive continuous improvement in laboratory and research settings.

Richard Coico, Ph.D.

Richard Coico is Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Center at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. As an immunologist, his research focuses on the investigation of lymphocyte regulation of immune responses. His translational research activities include the study of peptide immunization strategies to develop effective vaccines. His laboratory uses computational and bioinformatics approaches to identify candidate peptide vaccines for hemorrhagic viruses such as Ebola and Lassa. His group was the first to identify immunogenic Lassa virus peptides capable of stimulating protective cytotoxic T cell responses. Richard has been a leader in medical education, specifically as it relates to the biomedical disciplines of microbiology and immunology. He has served on the National Board of Medical Examiners and has chaired several national meetings including those sponsored by the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs organization of which he is past-President.


E. Andrew Balas, M.D., Ph.D.

E. Andrew Balas leads academic, local, and national initiatives facilitating innovative life sciences research responsive to societal needs and developing global competitiveness in the production of new scientific knowledge. Andrew serves as Professor at Augusta University, Director of the Biomedical Research Innovation Laboratory, Vice President of the Friends of the NIH National Library of Medicine, member of the American College of Medical Informatics, and is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. His studies about delay and waste in the transfer of research results to health care are often mentioned reference points in translational research initiatives. The results have been cited by numerous research studies and policy-makers. His academic credentials include over 100 publications, externally funded research in excess of 10 million dollars and publications that cumulatively attracted thousands of citations. He obtained degrees in medicine (M.D.), medical informatics (Ph.D.), and applied mathematics (MS).

Claudia von Vacano, Ph.D.

Dr. Claudia von Vacano is the Executive Director of the Social Sciences D-Lab and the Digital Humanities (DH) at University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is the lead online course developer of the SAGE Campus "Introduction to Applied Data Science Methods for Social Scientists." She received a master's degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology. Her doctorate is in Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation from UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in organizational theory and behavior and in educational and language policy implementation. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, among others, have recognized her scholarly work and service contributions.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Module structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Module files

    Module 1: Mentoring for research quality and reproducibility

    • Mentoring to create a research culture of accountability
    • Mentoring to promote strong research practices
    • The importance of mentoring via onboarding
    • Mentoring strategies for promoting strong research quality practices
    • Monitoring research practices with mentoring
    • Supporting research mentoring
    • Checkpoints to ensure good mentoring for research quality and reproducibility
    • Application (1)
    • Application (2)


  • Module summary
  • Resource bank

Course features

Course features include:

  • Video interviews with researchers, in which they discuss research concerns.
  • Video interviews covering strong research quality practices.
  • Interactive scenario-based activities that allow you to reflect on and respond to issues around mentoring.

Supporting institutions

  • Boston University, Boston MA
  • Duke University, Durham NC
  • Ohio State University, Columbus OH
  • Oxford University, Oxford UK
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
  • University of Southern Maine, Portland ME