Cohort 1 Seminars and Zooming

After talking with Gary and looking at our seminar agendas, you do NOT need to zoom during our on-ground sessions.  All of the information will be presented to you during summer residencies.  Have a great week.

Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 – Plagiarism Article

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Knowing what plagiarism is and how to avoid it will help you as you continue to contribute to the scholarly conversation in your field.

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
Prof. Rick Reis



The posting looks at errors that typically lead to plagiarism and how to avoid them.  The article is from the November 14, 2017 issue of the online publication, Graduate Connections Newsletter [ ], from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is published by the Office of Graduate Studies. ©2017 Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.


Rick Reis

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Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

In our increasingly digital world, data and writing are easy to find and access. It’s also usually easy to discover who created or posted the works. Knowing what plagiarism is and how to avoid it will help you as you continue to contribute to the scholarly conversation in your field.

Plagiarism Defined

Sometimes, students may believe that if they’re not directly copying another’s work that they’re not committing plagiarism. However, the UNL Student Code of Conduct defines plagiarism more broadly, defining it as:

“presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e. without proper acknowledgement of the source) and submitting examinations, theses, reports, speeches, drawings, laboratory notes, or other academic work in whole or in part as one’s own when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person. Materials covered by this prohibition include, but are not limited to, text, video, audio, images, photographs, websites, electronic and online materials, and other intellectual property.” (University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014).

The most frequent errors that lead to plagiarism include

  • Not citing when you use ideas or information from another’s work. It’s easy to overlook the contributing work that was foundational to your research but wasn’t directly quoted in your writings. If there was work previously done—or was related to—your topic, you should include them in your work and cite them!
  • Improper paraphrasing. Paraphrasing is more than changing a few words in the sentence so it’s “not a direct quote.” Typically, paraphrasing is putting the thought or idea into your own words. This also may be done to combine several authors’ similar thoughts into one. In either of these cases, you should still cite the author’s work used. The Office of Graduate Studies website has examples of paraphrasing—correct and incorrect (Office of Graduate Studies, n.d.).
  • Not crediting the source of graphics or data. You should never use a graphic (chart, table, or figure) or data that someone else has created without first getting permission to do so and then citing the source from which you pulled the graphic or data. If an image is shared through a Creative Commons license, you should also be able to cite the Creative Commons license (e.g. “CC BY-NC-ND 2.0”). This guideline also applies to your own research that has been published. You must get the approval of the journal in which it was published to use it again in another document.
  • Not citing something that is not common knowledge The only exception to citing information gained from another source is if that information is considered common knowledge (e.g., Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States). Common knowledge includes “facts that can be found in many places and are likely to be known by many people,” however interpretations of those facts do need to be cited (Office of Graduate Studies, n.d.). If you are not sure if something counts as common knowledge, cite it anyway.

It’s always better to cite something when you are not sure if you should. Having a few too many citations is always preferable to having too few.

Why Plagiarism Matters

First, writing in your own words indicates that you can produce unique ideas and thoughts. Properly citing the works of others indicates that you can effectively understand and develop new ideas based on previous work and research. Both skills are essential for academia and many other careers.

Avoiding plagiarism is also a key part of academic integrity. This demonstrates respect for the work of others. It indicates how ethically you’ll behave as a researcher or professional. Depending on the severity, it is not uncommon for instances of plagiarism to result in academic suspension or expulsion. Significant enough cases have also been known to result in people losing their jobs or derailing their professional career.

Resources and Tools

There are many tools available on the internet for authors to use to check for plagiarism. If you choose to use them, you should investigate the reliability of their processes by trying to find reviews.

One of the best ways to make sure that you avoid plagiarizing work is to create a citation while working on your document. The UNL Libraries offer four different citation tools available for students and faculty. If you are unsure about which one would work best for you, the UNL Libraries has created a comparison chart to help you decide which one may work best for you.

Use one of the following online tools, available through the Libraries website, that will analyze written works for plagiarism.

  • Turnitin
    You can request an invitation to the Libraries’ Turnitin course available through Canvas. Turnitin is a text-matching tool which checks electronically submitted papers against over 60 billion web pages, 600 million student papers, and 130 million academic journal articles. The software provides an originality report in which matching text is underlined, color coded, and linked to the original source. While many professors require students to use Turnitin for class assignments, this library based course is independent and allows students to submit and review their papers from the privacy of their own computer prior to submitting for their classes.
  • iThenticate:
    The UNL Libraries are piloting this software used by publishers to check citations listed in submitted articles prior to publication. Students can request a mediated consultation on any project where they are listed as sole or first author.

For more information on these two services please visit the Citation and Plagiarism tools page at the Libraries website.

Additional Resources


The University Libraries have produced a series of tutorials aimed at helping students get the most out of their library experience. These tutorials can be added to courses via the Canvas Commons or taken independently from the Libraries homepage

Library Staff

Not sure where to start? AskUs! for help via chat, email, text or telephone. Every department on campus has a Subject Librarian assigned to help with research, information literacy instruction, or the creation of research assignments.


It’s important that your work has your “voice” in the writing. Using others’ ideas and information is a great foundation to your research, but you need to make sure to include your own voice and insights in your writing. Proper citing of others’ work shows how your work builds on the work of prior researchers. As a writer of the document, checking your writing to make sure you have properly cited throughout your writing should always be among the final steps taken before submission to a publisher.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (2014) Student Code of Conduct. Retrieved from

Office of Graduate Studies (n.d.). Academic Integrity. Retrieved from

Thank you to the University Libraries staff for their contribution to this article.

Cohort 1 Summer Residency Information and Updates

On behalf of Dr. Kinsey:

Hello Cohort 1!

Below is the Summer Residency Schedule for your Cohort.

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We hope the Spring Semester is progressing well for all of you, and that you are ready for your next specialization course with Dr. Akhavan that begins on March 25th!

Our CODEL Cohort 3 has been selected, and will soon be preparing for their first Summer Residency Week at CSU Channel Islands during the same week that you are there.  As I have mentioned previously, you are all welcome to attend their Sunday evening reception to meet and greet them, and we especially hope that you will plan to attend the Thursday evening Residency Week Celebration Dinner in the Bell Tower Courtyard to share that experience with them (see the attached Summer Residency Week schedule for further details).

I am writing to provide you with the following informational items that are of great importance:

In follow-up to the recent Dissertation Seminar #1, we would like to provide a Zoom session specifically for Cohort 1, in order to address any questions that you might still have at this point.  As Dr. Smith mentioned to you, we would ask that you send us questions in advance, as it will give us the ability to focus on the most pressing matters and make it a productive use of your time.  The Zoom session will be scheduled for Monday, March 26th from 7:00-8:30 pm PST, and a link to participate will be sent to you soon.  Please submit your questions in advance to Dr. Smith at by Tuesday, March 20th.

  1. We are needing your Form 4 (with Dissertation Committee Member Names/Signatures) returned to Dr. Gary W. Kinsey by Saturday March 31st.  The information contained on the form is integral to your Dissertation units that you will register for this Summer (see #3 below).  Please email me, if that deadline is problematic for you.  Submission of Form 4 also allows us to see who is still available to serve on dissertation committees, if you are needing to obtain someone to complete your committee.  If you are requesting to use someone on your committee that is not a CODEL faculty member, the completion of Form A is required and must be submitted to me along with that person’s professional vita.  Form A is available on the CODEL website under the Student/Faculty Resources tab.
  2. As mentioned in a previous communication, it is important to check your Fresno State Student Portal often for information and deadlines regarding registration for your Summer and Fall Semester 2018 courses.  The following is the course information needed to register for Summer:


Creating an Effective School Culture

(P-12 Specialization)


Jessica Hannigan


June 24-Aug 18


Resource Management and Fiscal Planning  

(CC-HE Specialization)


Jennifer Watson


June 24-Aug 18


Interpersonal Leadership and Conflict Resolution (P12/CC/HE Specialization)


Dennis Wiechmann


June 24-Aug 18

You will also be registering for EDL 599(a) Dissertation for 3 units in the upcoming Summer Semester after we have entered the name of your Dissertation Committee Chair into the system (as the Faculty member-of-record).  This is why we need to receive your Form 4 information soon.  Tiffany will send you the EDL 599 course number for Summer enrollment purposes, once we have your Chair’s name inputted. If you have any questions about your course registration at Fresno State, please contact Tiffany Jennings at:

  1. The dates for your Summer Residency Week #3 at CSU Channel Islands arefrom Tuesday evening, June 19th through Friday, June 22nd.  You should check-in on June 19th by 5:30 p.m. at the Camarillo Courtyard Marriott located at 4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo, CA. 93012.  We are arranging a room block for our CODEL group (students and Fresno faculty), and your reservation will be made for you (and pre-paid) for three nights, with check-in on June 19th and checkout on June 22nd.  If you live in the CI area, you are not expected to stay in the hotel, but are encouraged and welcome to do so.  You are expected to still be on time for all scheduled activities/sessions, and fully participate.  If you are not staying at the hotel, please let me know as soon as possible.

You can contact Dr. Gary W. Kinsey to receive your individual hotel reservation number after April 15, 2018.  The following is a link for the hotel information:

Our Cohort 1 Reception/Social on Tuesday evening, June 19th, will be held at the hotel from 6:00-8:00 pm in one of their meeting rooms. On Friday, your check-out at the hotel should occur by 10:00 am(unless you have made other arrangements).  Our activities at campus on Friday will conclude around 12:30 pm.  We will provide you with an overview of the week and the information about transportation and/or campus parking at the Tuesday evening reception/social.

In respect to breakfast, you will have the option of having that meal at the hotel and/or at the Island Cafe Dining Hall at the CI campus (the latter with the Cohort 3 members).  All other meals will be provided at the Island Cafe Dining Hall on a daily basis, with the exception of our Thursday evening Celebration Dinner at the CI Bell Tower Courtyard.

This year’s Summer Residency Week fee for 3 nights hotel lodging, meals, transportation/parking, and events/materials is $500 per candidate for the week.  A link will be provided soon by Tiffany Jennings, where you can make payment similar to last year by credit card.  Payment is required by June 1st.

Please do not hesitate to send me any questions that you might have, and I hope you have a wonderful conclusion to your Spring Semester.  We look forward to seeing you this Summer at CSU Channel Islands.  Best wishes!

Cohort 1 and Cohort 2- Helpful Videos APA Formatting SPSS Chart Input

Cohort 10 student, Bob Herold has shared some great videos (below) that he created to help during the dissertation. I have also added them on our DPELFS webpage. Please take a look as you being to dive into research, writing and more.
1) Default formatting of MS Word for APA formatting
Video 2) APA formatting for SPSS chart outputs into Word

Cohort 1- Advancement to Candidacy

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all of you for successfully completing the Qualifying Exam and earning the ability to advance to the next phase of your CODEL Doctorate studies!  We are still expecting “19 in 2019 +1” at commencement for Cohort 1, and wish all twenty of you the best with your research and dissertation.  Toward that end, I have attached four items of importance for you:

  1. We know that all of you are eager to officially Advance to Candidacy, and CODEL Form 4 need to be submitted as soon as you have identified and secured your dissertation committee (see attached Form 4).  It requires the signatures of your Dissertation Chair and all other faculty/qualified individuals serving on your committee.
    1. Your  Dissertation title does not have to be finalized when you submit your CODEL Form 4.  What you indicate on the form will be a working title until it is later finalized.
    2. Another document attached with this email contains a list of the CODEL Potential Faculty for Dissertation Chairs and Committees. ONLY the Graduate Core Faculty members on the list can serve as a Dissertation Committee Chair. Any of the Core Faculty or Affiliate Faculty listed can serve as Dissertation Committee Members (but Affiliate Faculty cannot chair). You can also add a member from another institution or educational entity (i.e. Foundation), if they have a terminal degree.  For the latter situation, you will need to fill out Form A from the CODEL Website.
  1. Review the aforementioned CODEL Potential Faculty for Dissertation Chairs and Committees list.  You must have three Dissertation Committee members (which includes your Chair).  Please know that four members would be highly unusual and requires CODEL Director approval. Co-chairs are not allowed for heading Dissertation Committees.  Also, please be aware that some CODEL Core Faculty Members will be Chairing and/or sitting on both Fresno DPELFS and CODEL student dissertation committees. CODEL Core Faculty Members can chair up to 3 dissertation committees at once, but sit on as many dissertation committees as they desire (depending on their available time and workload).
    1. We highly advise that you email your desired Dissertation Chair first, in order to set up a meeting (virtually or in-person) where you discuss your research interest and determine their availability to guide your dissertation work.  Once your Dissertation Chair is determined, they can suggest faculty who might be best aligned with your desired research interests.  Once you have those recommendations, you can then follow-up with the suggested faculty as your potential committee members.
    2. Once your CODEL Form 4 is complete and has the required signatures, please submit it to Dr. Gary W. Kinsey at CSU Channel Islands.
    3. If you have any questions about the process, you can refer to the CODEL Handbook on the website and the dissertation information contained there.

Please see attached the Dissertation Seminar #1 packet that will be utilized this Saturday in the Dissertation session.Form 4. CODEL.Application for Candidacy for Ed.D. Degree CODEL Cohort I. Dissertation Seminar 1 Agenda.02.26.18 CODEL Potential Faculty for Dissertation Chairs and Committees.03.01.18 (1) Dissertation Seminar 1 Packet.rev 02.26.18 (1)

Cohort 2 Summer Registration

The following are a few informational items that you need to be aware of:

  1. It is important to check your Fresno State Student Portal often for information and deadlines regarding registration for your Summer Semester 2018 courses.  The following is the course information needed to register for your summer classes.  The EDL 558 course is the final portion of what you began at last year’s Summer Residency Week with Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. White.  The EDL 556 course, taught by Dr. Quintero, will begin in the Summer Residency Week at Fresno State and continue through the Summer Semester to August 18th.
558 Theories of Cross-Cultural Education 50074 Juan Carlos Gonzalez Annie White
556 Conceptual Curriculum Perspectives 50075 Elizabeth Quintero
  1. See a draft of the Summer Residency Week #2  for your planning purposes.  Please know that we will be finalizing the schedule soon, after room locations and facilitators are confirmed.  The Holiday Inn Express-Clovis will be providing the lodging for our group, as opposed to our being in the dorms.  Many more details will be sent to you soon.
  2. As we had an opportunity to discuss student progress at the Faculty Convening last weekend, it became apparent that we have some members of Cohort 2 that do not seem to be fully engaged in their courses.  Instructors compared experiences, and it seems that it is a consistent group of individuals.  I have had a discussion with all of you about synchronous sessions previously, and they are a part of the program.  Instructors have the discretion of utilizing as many synchronous sessions as needed, and they work to find a day of the week that works best for the majority.   Also, group assignments will often occur in courses and it is important that everyone carry their weight within a group.

If people are not fully engaging in the coursework (that occurs in a very condensed timeframe of eight weeks), they will likely struggle with the Qualifying Exam (QE) next January.  Cohort 1 just completed their QE and we did have a few re-takes of the four hour exam.  If you do not pass the QE, you cannot continue in the program and Advance to Candidacy for beginning the dissertation.  Additionally, the core course faculty convene to discuss each student in the Cohort and evaluate their progress.  The process is referred to as the Red, Yellow, Green (RYG) Evaluation and each student will be apprised of what they are doing well, and what might need to improve.  Students will receive either a Green “satisfactory progress” letter, a Yellow “cautionary” letter, or a Red letter requiring a meeting with the Director and Co-Directors and a potential dismissal from the program.

We want you to be successful in the CODEL program and hope that you will all work to be fully engaged and supportive of one another in your studies.  Only 1.2% of the US population has achieved earning a doctorate degree, and we hope to assist you in joining that very elite group!  Best wishes!

Dr. Gary W. Kinsey, CODEL Program Director

Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy

California State University Channel Islands

One University Drive, El Dorado Hall

Camarillo, CA. 93012

Cohort 1 Summer Registration

It is important to check your Fresno State Student Portal often for information and deadlines regarding registration for your Summer Semester 2018 courses. The following is the course information needed to register:

(P-12 Specialization)
580T an Effective School Culture Course# 50068
Jessica Hannigan June 24-Aug 18

(CC-HE Specialization)
580T Management and Fiscal Planning Course# 50069
Jennifer Watson June 24-Aug 18

(P12/CC/HE Specialization)
580T Interpersonal Leadership and Conflict Resolution Course# 50070
Dennis Wiechmann June 24-Aug 18

Please make sure that you register for the correct courses, depending on your Specialization. You will be taking two specialization courses simultaneously during the Summer Semester. Everyone will be taking the Interpersonal Leadership and Conflict Resolution course with Dr. Wiechmann (he is replacing Dr. Lane-Garon who had to withdraw from teaching the course as planned). Those of you who are in the P-12 Specialization track will also take the Creating an Effective School Culture course with Dr. Hannigan. Those in the CC/HE Specialization track will be taking Resource Management and Fiscal Planning with Dr. Moradian-Watson. Please contact Tiffany Jennings with any questions related to your Summer Semester course registration.

A draft of the Summer Residency Week #3 schedule is attached for your planning purposes. Please know that we will be finalizing the schedule soon, after room locations and facilitators are confirmed. The Camarillo Courtyard Marriott will be providing the lodging for those not living near the Channel Islands campus. More details will be sent to you soon.
Best wishes!

Dr. Gary W. Kinsey, CODEL Program Director