Charles T. Saunders, Ph.D., chair of the Forensic Accounting, Business Forensics and Information Systems Audit Programs at Franklin University, began using OhioLINK resources while working on his Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education at The Ohio State University.
His dissertation topic was, “Native American Tribal Colleges and Universities: Issues and Problems Impacting Students in the Achievement of Educational Goals.” His dissertation discussed issues common among Native American people. It also mentioned some of the history of indigenous people in the United States, as well as some of the cultural misconceptions we tend to have about Native Americans.
After a successful career in business, Saunders began his postsecondary teaching career as an adjunct at Franklin while completing his doctoral program. He now uses OhioLINK for research, teaching and professional development.
Saunders worked with the Systems Librarian to research aspects of fraud risk and control for his most recent presentation, which is entitled “Compliance and Deterrence in Fraud Risk and Control” (May 2015). Dr. Saunders used OhioLINK Research Databases, specifically the Electronic Journal Center and Business Source Complete, as well as locally licensed databases.
“In my opinion, these sources are the most powerful OhioLINK resources, and the most productive and useful for my purposes. OhioLINK offers comprehensive academic research resources that help me to be efficient and make the best use of my research efforts,” Saunders said. “Quite simply, research has been a revival of my interest in learning, study and reading deeply into a topic or subject of interest.”
His advice for other researchers is to be resilient and persistent.
“Oftentimes, research requires that we study and learn more than we initially planned, such as taking one more statistics course, and to work with people to explain and promote our research even while it is in progress. I submitted 10 IRB proposals to American Indian tribes and tribal colleges I invited to participate in my research, along with many written and oral explanations of what, exactly, I was attempting to accomplish,” Saunders said.
“I hope that my research may be an inspiration to others to extend and grow their own research interests, and will especially help to enhance and promote a greater awareness and understanding of the impact of our history and culture on our values and our ways of living.”