Faculty Research Consortium

The Vincentian Institute for Social Action was created to provide faculty and students with an academic platform to address issues of social injustice. Responsible for the academic integrity of the Institute is the Faculty Research Consortium (FRC). The FRC is a select group of interdisciplinary faculty members who have demonstrated teaching, research and scholarly expertise in areas related to community service, civic engagement and social responsibility. Guided by a Chair, the Consortium provides leadership for initiatives which impact impoverished communities through research and service.  The FRC exemplifies the Vincentian Mission through scholarship and research.  As a strategic planning group for the institute, the FRC is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality experiences for students, faculty, and community partners by evaluating outcomes of all programs.

The Faculty Excellence Award in Community-Based Outcomes and Poverty Research

The Faculty Excellence Awardin Community-Based Outcomes and Poverty Research has been developed by the Faculty Research Consortium (FRC) in an effort to annually identify an exemplar from the full-time faculty at St. John’s who best exhibits excellence in community-based outcomes and poverty research. Nominations will be solicited from the deans and chairs of various schools/colleges of the University. The FRC will review all nominations from the University community and select one award.  The recipient will be recognized at an upcoming event which is TBD.  The award recipient will also receive a plaque commemorating this award.

The nomination deadline is TBD.  All nomination forms (Parts I and II) and supporting materials should be submitted to Kara A. James, Senior Department Assistant, (718-990-5947) in Lourdes Hall or at [email protected]

VISA Reception and Research Forum

The Faculty Research Consortium is proud to host a Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) Faculty Reception and Research Forum every fall and spring semester.

This event provides a platform to promote faculty dialogue across disciplines that have participated in, or are interested in, VISA programs. St. John’s faculty members have participated in VISA programs which include Academic Service-Learning, the Ozanam Scholars Program, faculty research/service at community partner sites, and VISA-funded research projects.  These meetings provide an opportunity to showcase faculty research and scholarly accomplishments.

April 20, 2020, 1:50 - 3:15, DAC416A, Invitation to follow shortly

Journal of Vincentian Social Action

The Journal of Vincentian Social Action (JoVSA) is a biannual peer reviewed scholarly publication engaging the local, national and global community on issues of poverty and social injustice. As a community, St. John’s is engaged in research and direct service to those in need. We seek insight into the causes and consequences of poverty to help alleviate suffering. The journal focuses on studies evaluating solutions to social injustice, with implications for public discourse and policy, and macro-program development. We welcome position papers on contemporary topics.

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Marc Gillespie
St.Albert Hall, B18B
[email protected]

Anthony Marziliano
Assistant Editor
St.Albert Hall, 150D
[email protected]

Request Submissions for Future Issues to Marc Gillespie at [email protected].

Hot Topics in Social Justice

This Faculty Research Consortium of VISA developed the “Hot Topics in Social Justice” series to engage the St. John’s University community on all NYC campuses, particularly our students and faculty, on timely discussions of contemporary issues of social justice. The series provides a forum for in-depth exploration and discussion of issues that directly relate to the Vincentian mission of St. John’s University. Speakers from different disciplines and perspectives are intentionally selected to provide for a wide breadth of viewpoints and robust discussion. The series provides presentations throughout the academic year and all from the University community are welcome.

If you have a topic you would like to suggest, please email Kara James at [email protected].

Richard and Camille Sinatra Endowment Grant

Deadline Extended to March 9th!

The Vincentian Institute for Social Action is proud to partner with the Sinatra family to strengthen its mission of providing an academic platform where faculty and students can explore issues of poverty and social injustice, as well as provide potential recommendations through research.The goal of the endowment is to promote outcomes-based research in the community. For almost 40 years, Dr. Richard Sinatra served as an associate dean, chair, faculty member, and program director in the School of Education.  He also served as the Chair of the Faculty Research Consortium for the Vincentian Institute for Social Action from 2008 - 2015. Dr. Sinatra has long been an advocate for systemic change. This endowment is an example of his continued commitment to education and the development of research at the University.

The Richard and Camille Sinatra Endowment Grant ($2,500)

This grant supports community-based outcomes research for full-time junior (tenure-track) faculty at St. John’s University. Through outcomes research, quantitative methods are used to evaluate community-based interventions. These interventions may be from any discipline, with the specific aim of improving the areas of poverty and social justice.  

2020 Application (PDF) 

Faculty Research Consortium Grant

Deadline Extended to March 9th!

This newly created grant supports community-based outcomes research for full-time tenured faculty at St. John’s University. This research may be from any discipline, with the specific aim of improving the areas of poverty and social justice. Priority for grant funding will be given to quantitative outcomes research.

Faculty Research Consortium (FRC) Grant ($5,000)
2020 Application (PDF)

Consortium Membership

John Conry, Pharm.D., Chair, FRC
Clinical Professor
Chair of the Clinical Health Professions Department
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Elissa J. Brown, Ph.,D.
Professor of Psychology
Founder and Executive Director, Child HELP Partnership
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Igor Tomic, Ph.D.
Director of the Financial Services Institute
Editor of the Review of Business
Economics and Finance
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Howard Abadinsky, MSW Ph.,D.
Professor of Criminal Justice 
College of Professional Studies

Roberta L. Hayes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Scientific Inquiry Core
Institute for Core Studies
St John's College of Liberal Arts and Science 

Robert Eschenauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chair of the Counselor Education Department
School of Education

For more information on the FRC, please contact Kara James at 718-990-5947.