The Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope

What we do

Advance Teaching and Learning

Effective teaching and learning are the foundation for opportunity, success, and well-being. To advance the quality and impact of teaching hope and associated learning processes at various levels of the educational spectrum, The Hope Center will:

  • Develop and offer initial course(s) to undergraduate students.
  • Develop internships for undergraduate students in KAH communities.
  • Create Hope Research and other Center-related support roles for ASU students.
  • Create an annual Hope Distinguished Speaker Series to disseminate knowledge.
  • Foster potential and ongoing partnerships with other Institutions of Higher Education to advance the study of hope.

Bring Research to Practice and Practice to Research

The Hope Center is dedicated to enhancing the science and practice of hope through use-inspired research. This includes empirical evaluations of programming and investigations of the links between hope and the well-being of children, youth, adults, and communities. Current Hope Center research projects are exploring:

  • The measurement of student hope in educational settings.
  • Associations between hope, organizational climates, and individual academic and developmental outcomes.
  • Associations between hope and student interest in STEM professions.
  • Associations between student hope and mental health.
  • The efficacy and implementation of hope-related programming.

Consult and Provide Training to Communities

Given that hope is one of the character strengths which most closely correlate with life satisfaction and happiness, The Hope Center is committed to providing assistance on how to make the teaching of hope serve as a driving force for optimal human development. We are creating a community of collaborators through training and consultation services by:

  • Providing individuals, schools, and community agencies access to training and research-based knowledge to improve the effectiveness of practices in the field.
  • Collaborating with organizations, through Hope Analytics, around hope-related data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Fostering discussions and models of feedback for effective practices in the field through public lectures, videos, conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Establishing a leadership network for those who exemplify and use Hope Theory to transform practices.
  • Investigating potential collaborative grant funding to support networking, development, and research efforts.