The AFA Foundation announces the inaugural recipients of the Justin and Heather Kirk Research Grant. The Kirks established this fund through the AFA Foundation in order to support new and innovative research that has potential to significantly contribute to the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and the profession.
Dr. David Ortiz is studying ‘Faith and the Fraternity: Understanding the Intersection of Spirituality and Greek Life.’ The primary goal of this multi-institutional research project will be to understand the role that members’ faith, the fraternity and the host institution has on students’ personal development.
Joseph Rosenberg’s research project is ‘Can Leadership Be Learned: Leadership Development Among Fraternity Presidents.’ He shared, “The study is exploratory in nature to determine whether leadership can be learned through practice, experience or training. Results of this study could guide higher education faculty and administrators in developing more effective leadership education programs and stronger support systems.”
Ben Pendry, chairman of the AFA Foundation said, “The AFA Foundation is committed to supporting research and scholarship that will benefit the larger interfraternal community. With commitment to this cause, the Kirks have made an impact even larger than these two individual scholars and I’d challenge all of our financial supporters to consider the impact we can have together as we grow and expand our efforts.”
The AFA Foundation exists to secure, invest and distribute the necessary resources to support the educational objectives of the AFA and other relevant research, scholarship and educational programming that further the fraternity/sorority advising profession.