Current Requests for Proposals (RFP)

Call for Researchers

Researchers are invited to submit their interest to be selected for AASL’s CLASS II: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II research team. Two faculty researchers will be selected to join research teams at Old Dominion University and Florida State University for a three year IMLS funded research project. The project will begin on January 1, 2016 and conclude in the Fall of 2018.

Using the process outlined in Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (Institute of Education Sciences & National Science Foundation, 2013) for developing causal research agendas, the CLASS I final report specified three phases for a long-term research agenda. This research team will address the first phase of that agenda by using meta-syntheses and case study to derive causal theories that will be explored on a small scale.

Previous work with cross discipline causal research as well as an ability to work independently or previous experience working within a research team across universities is preferred. 

Additional Details

Researchers will receive an annual stipend of $10,000

Tentative Timeline
An initial meeting between the research team and advisory board will be held on January 8, 2016. Following a call with the advisory board the research team will then continue their meeting to determine next steps, review milestone markers, and vet any questions. The preliminary research schedule is as follows:

January-June 2016: MRS Step 1:
Aggregate (spring report due to Advisory Board around March/April)

July-December 2016: MRS Step 2:
Synthesis (fall report due to Advisory Board around Sept/Oct)

January-February 2017:
Development of criteria and call for case study grant proposals

July, 2017-January 2018:
Review of case study progress

February-August 2018:
Development of initial study and grant proposal

It is assumed that once the full research team has been assembled a schedule of conference calls will be determined as well.


Please submit the following to Allison Cline ( no later than October 26, 2015, to be considered. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by November 20, 2015.

  1. Cover letter describing why you would like to participate in this project and what qualifications would lend itself to the success of the project. (Two (2) page maximum)
  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Sample published research article (One (1) article maximum - if multiple articles are submitted only one will be forwarded for review)

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number RE-00-15-0114-15.