Finding inspiration for academic writing

For anyone pursuing a scholarly career – whether as a student researcher or faculty member – it is always a challenge to develop a consistent and productive writing practice. Even though we may start out the academic year with good intentions, life sometimes just gets in the way, and completion of writing projects gets delayed … Continue reading Finding inspiration for academic writing

Ideas for developing a research topic and deciding on a theoretical home

Sometimes newcomers to research struggle to define a specific research topic that might be examined.  I am doubtful that there is one “right” approach to use in developing a topic of inquiry. However, below are some tips that could help. Deciding on and developing research topics The development of research topics is frequently informed by … Continue reading Ideas for developing a research topic and deciding on a theoretical home

Tips for planning conference presentations

Planning to present at a conference involves a number of steps. This post is for those of you who are new to making conference presentations. What do you need to do? What resources might help? Read on... 1. Choose a conference to attend For newcomers to academic work, it's sometimes difficult to select a conference … Continue reading Tips for planning conference presentations

10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

In the midst of being too busy, sometimes it's useful to relax, and take a few minutes to think about the things for which we are thankful. Here are a few things that I'm thankful for as a qualitative researcher. What about you?  1. There are lots of journals on qualitative methods to read… Check … Continue reading 10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

Recently published qualitative studies to read

It is always a challenge to decide what books to use when I teach. There are so many to choose from! This is a good problem to have though, and I’m grateful to all those researchers out there who are providing examples of diverse approaches to qualitative inquiry that I can share with my students. … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies to read

Online information session: Qualitative Research@UGA

The faculty in the Qualitative Research Program at the University of Georgia will host an online session on Thursday October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm EST for prospective students. Information will be provided about the graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, and the Ph.D. in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies. To join the meeting, please click on … Continue reading Online information session: Qualitative Research@UGA

Moral philosophy and the qualitative researcher

“What’s moral philosophy got to do with me?” you might ask. In fact, various forms of moral philosophy underlie how scientific research is routinely practiced. Let’s look at three moral philosophies, and how they might be used to inform ethical decision-making in the conduct of research. Of course, there are many more approaches to moral … Continue reading Moral philosophy and the qualitative researcher

Visiting the archives

Recently I had the good fortune to visit the National Archives and Library of Congress in Washington DC. Both the National Archives and Library Congress house significant collections of archival materials. For anyone interested in examining historical records pertaining to a topic of interest, a visit to these collections is highly recommended. Where are the … Continue reading Visiting the archives

Tips for new assistant professors

In the United States, as we enter the new academic year, many new assistant professors are beginning a new position. Congratulations to all those who are beginning in new positions in 2017! This is a wonderful accomplishment. The first semester in a new position is filled with new faculty orientations, preparation for teaching new courses, … Continue reading Tips for new assistant professors

“Qualitative researchers need to be storytellers”

This is what Harry Wolcott (1994, p. 17) asserts in his book on qualitative data analysis. What are strategies that one might use to tell the story of one’s research? Whatever approach one selects to use in a qualitative study, the end product will typically be a written report on the research study. This might … Continue reading “Qualitative researchers need to be storytellers”