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

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

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

An introduction to Creative Analytic Practices and Arts Based Inquiry

“Creative analytic practices” (CAP) is a term coined by the sociologist, Laurel Richardson (1999, p. 660), who writes: In the wake of poststructuralist, feminist, critical race literary and queer theory, ethnographic work now appears in multiple venues in a variety of forms. The ethnographic genre has been blurred, enlarged, and altered to include autoethnography, poetry, … Continue reading An introduction to Creative Analytic Practices and Arts Based Inquiry

Tips on considering “subjectivity” in qualitative research

Many newcomers to qualitative studies struggle with the idea of how one’s self, and “subject positions” or “subjectivities” might be represented in qualitative inquiry. For those more attuned to positivist approaches to research in which the researcher is depicted as “neutral” and “objective,” discussing one’s own interests and relationships to a topic and participants of … Continue reading Tips on considering “subjectivity” in qualitative research

The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 2017

This past weekend I attended the 13th meeting of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This conference is attended by scholars from all over the world and offers  a feast of different approaches to qualitative researchers. Over 1500 delegates from more than 75 nations registered for the conference. This … Continue reading The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 2017

Tips for formulating interview questions

Asking questions of interviewees in ways that help them tell their stories is something of an art. It goes without saying that it is good practice to be well-prepared for interviews. This includes thinking about the physical setting for an interview and the technology one will need to record an interview. And there are so … Continue reading Tips for formulating interview questions

11 thinking “tricks” when analyzing data

Kathryn Roulston A number of authors who write about qualitative research have talked about “thinking” as it relates to doing qualitative research (Freeman, 2017; Jackson & Mazzei, 2012; Saldaña, 2015); and in particular doing qualitative data analysis. One older source that I still find helpful is Tricks of the trade: How to think about your … Continue reading 11 thinking “tricks” when analyzing data