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Social Work Education, Culture Wars, and Academic Freedom


Principal Investigator: Nickolas Davis, PhD; University of Detroit Mercy

Co-investigator: Aloha VanCamp. PhD; University of Detroit Mercy

Invitation to be Part of a Research Study

  1. Description of the research study and your involvement: This study examines BSW educators’ perceptions of the effects of culture wars on their ability to facilitate discussions regarding social, economic, and political differences with their students. The authors intend to outline strategies to mitigate these threats and their impact on the teaching and learning environment. Participants are asked to complete a brief online survey to obtain information regarding their perceptions of the effects of culture war on their classroom instruction.
  2. The voluntary nature of your involvement and the length of your participation in this study. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Even after you sign this informed consent form, you may decide to leave the study at any time without a penalty or loss of benefits to which you might be entitled. It is estimated that participation in this study will take approximately 15 minutes. Approximately 100 participants will be enrolled in the study.
  1. Risks and discomforts of your participation in this research project. This project is unlikely to have more than minimal risk. The study team does not foresee or anticipate any risk greater than that encountered in your routine daily activities.
  1. Measures that will be taken to minimize the risks and discomforts to you. The researchers have designed a survey that does not collect any identifiable information. The study team does not foresee or anticipate any risk greater than minimal risk.
  1. Expected benefits of this study to you or to others. Although you may not receive direct benefit from your participation, others may ultimately benefit from the knowledge obtained in this study.
  1. Compensation to you for being part of this study. If you are part of this study, you will receive no compensation or payment.
  1. Confidentiality of your records or the data you provide while being part of this study: This survey used in this study does not capture any identifiable information. You will not be identified in any reports on this study.

Records will be kept confidential to the extent provided by federal, state, and local law. However, the Institutional Review Board, or university and government officials responsible for monitoring this study may inspect these records.

  1. Notification of further information. If significant new knowledge is obtained during the course of this research which may relate to your willingness to continue to be involved in this study, you will be informed of this knowledge.
  1. Contact information. If you have any questions about this study now or in the future you may contact Nickolas Davis, PhD, (313) 355-0049, or Aloha VanCamp, PhD, (248) 225-8981,
  1. Required IRB contact information. Should you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions, or discuss with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the Institutional Review Board at: Elizabeth Hill, PhD, Interim IRB Chair,
  1. Documentation of this consent form. One copy of this document will be kept together with the research records of this study. If you would like a copy of the informed consent for your records, please print this page or contact the investigators.
  1. Your consent to be part of this study. By clicking next you agree that you have read the above information and agree to be a participant in this study. If you do not agree, please do not click next and exit the survey.
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