Fall 2020 Qualitative Inquiry Seminars

Qualitative Problem Solving

Kevin Swartout and Ray Maietta, October 16 and 23

Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Johnny Saldaña, October 19-20

Styles of Qualitative Writing and Reporting

Johnny Saldaña, October 21

Implementation Research: Using Qualitative Research Methods to Improve Policy and Practice

Alison Hamilton, October 26-27

Writing Effective Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Proposals

Sharron Docherty, October 29-30

October 16-27, 2020
Courses offered exclusively in online format

Fall Qualitative Inquiry Seminars

Courses offered exclusively in online format

Qualitative Problem Solving

Kevin Swartout and Ray Maietta

October 16 and 23, 2020

Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Johnny Saldaña

October 19-20, 2020

Styles of Qualitative Writing and Reporting

Johnny Saldaña

October 21, 2020

Implementation Research: Using Qualitative Research Methods to Improve Policy and Practice

Alison Hamilton

October 26-27, 2020

Five leading scholars in the field of qualitative inquiry, Sharron Docherty, Alison Hamilton, Ray Maietta, Johnny Saldaña and Kevin Swartout, will guide courses in writing research proposals, implementation research, qualitative problem solving, coding and analyzing data, and styles of qualitative writing. Participants will learn principles that guide practical action in each of these areas.

Online Seminar Details

Course Descriptions

Scholar Instructor: Johnny Saldaña

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, October 19-20

Being in conversation with qualitative data can include identifying ideas that spark meaning, insight, and sense-making. This two-day workshop focuses on a range of selected methods of coding qualitative data for analytic outcomes that includes patterns, processes, causation, categories, and diagrams. The workshop will address:

  • Various coding methods for qualitative data (with an emphasis on interview transcripts
  • Analytic memo writing
  • Heuristics for thinking qualitatively and analytically

Manual (hard copy) coding will be emphasized with a discussion of available analytic software for future use. Workshop content is derived from Saldaña’s The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed., 2016, Sage).

Scholar Instructor: Alison Hamilton

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, October 26-27

Implementation research aims to integrate research findings into practice and policy. In order to improve the quality and effectiveness of routine practice, implementation researchers collect qualitative data about the everyday behaviors and beliefs of practitioners and other professionals, stakeholders, and recipients of services. During data collection, special attention is paid to factors that both facilitate and impede effective execution and implementation of programs and service delivery. The end goal is typically to increase the likelihood of uptake, adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based practices.

To provide foundational knowledge and skill to help facilitate your own work, the course walks through critical components of building and carrying out an implementation research project:

  • Developing appropriate implementation research questions and specific aims
  • Determining when, why and how to apply conceptual models
  • Strategizing about study design
  • Selecting appropriate, feasible qualitative data collection methods
  • Executing qualitative analytic strategies
  • Generating timely, impactful implementation research products

The application of methodological concepts will be illustrated via examples from implementation research in the context of varied settings such as healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and communities.

Participants will be provided with materials and bibliographies to support the practice of qualitative methods in implementation research.

The course will draw on material from the recently released National Cancer Institute white paper on which Dr. Hamilton is an author and from Hamilton, A., Finley, E. (2019). Qualitative methods in implementation research: an introduction. Psychiatry Research, Oct; 280:112516.

Scholar: Kevin Swartout and Ray Maietta

Dates: Friday, October 16 and Friday, October 23

The course will be based on challenges presented to us by course participants. We will check in with participants to ask them to send us unique problems they are currently dealing with in a qualitative project, or have dealt with in the past. Drs. Maietta and Swartout will craft the course agenda and content from the collective issues raised in pre-correspondence with participants. The course will follow the timeline of a qualitative project, beginning with issues of design and data collection, following through analysis and presentation. Unlike many professional development courses, this course will not follow a set of scripted PowerPoint slides. Group problem solving and activity sessions will combine with advice from the instructors to shape qualitative mindsets to enhance your work.

Throughout the course, the instructors will suggest and create resources for participants. These materials will comprise a resource packet to be sent to participants after the course is completed.


  • This two-day class will take place over two consecutive Fridays.
  • This is a limited enrollment course.

Scholar Instructor: Johnny Saldaña

Dates: Wednesday, October 21

Qualitative researchers have a broad palette of writing styles we can use on an as-needed basis for the investigative or compositional task at hand. Eclecticism is an essential skill for documenting social inquiry. The more diverse our expressive repertoire, the more each mode informs the others and the more credible, vivid, and persuasive our accounts.

In this one-day workshop, participants will gain in-class experience with ten different writing styles for qualitative research reportage, ranging from the descriptive to the analytic, from the confessional to the reflexive, and from the poetic to the autoethnographic.

Workshop participants should bring something to write about—a research study in progress, a first draft report, or a completed study such as a thesis, dissertation, or published journal article. Participants should also bring a personal device (e.g., laptop, tablet) or hardcopy materials (e.g., notepad, pens) for in-class writing exercises. (Miscellaneous qualitative data samples will be provided for those not involved with current projects.)

Workshop content is derived from Writing Qualitatively: The Selected Works of Johnny Saldaña (2018, Routledge) and the co-authored Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (2018, Sage).

Scholar Instructor: Sharron Docherty

Dates: Thursday-Friday, October 29-30

This course presents pragmatic, concrete strategies for designing and writing effective and competitive qualitative and mixed-methods research proposals. We will cover principles generic to proposal design, and specific ways to communicate the aims, significance, conceptual framing, methodological details (sampling, data collection, analysis plans, and plans for optimizing validity and human subjects protections) of, and budget and budget justification for, the proposed study. We will also cover strategies for addressing those aspects of qualitative and mixed-methods research designs likely to draw concern among reviewers less familiar with them, most notably the purposeful sampling frame and generalizability of study findings.

In addition to didactic instruction, handouts, and a suggested reference list, the course will also include an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity, as time permits, to ask questions about their own proposals.

This course is appropriate for graduate students and faculty in the practice disciplines (e.g., clinical psychology, education, medicine, nursing, public health, social work) as well as researchers from other fields of study (e.g., sociology, anthropology).

Scholar Bios

Sharron L. Docherty, Ph.D., PNP, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at Duke University. Her program of research centers on examining how chronic illness and associated life-sustaining treatments impact the short- and long-term functioning of children, adolescents and young adults, and their families, and the development, testing, and translation of interventions to address these impacts. She has methodological expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods, trajectory science and visualization methods for complex data exploration.

Dr. Docherty has served on numerous federal grant review panels, including NIH NINR-NRRC, NCI, NIMHHD, and special review panels for RFAs/PAs/FOAs (e.g., The Influence of the Microbiome on Preterm Labor and Delivery; Palliative Care Research Cooperative: Enhancing Sustainability Building, Science of Palliative Care; Improving Outcomes for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors (U01); Centers of Excellence in Self-Management), as well as foundation and private review panels. She is the PhD Program Director at the Duke University School of Nursing and has taught graduate level courses in qualitative and mixed methods. She has also served as co-faculty in the Summer Institutes in Qualitative Research offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, received her Ph.D. in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2009.

Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the VA-funded EMPOWER (Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), focused on improving women Veterans’ health and health care through implementation science. She is the Chief Officer of Implementation & Policy at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She is also PI of a large-scale NIH study of enhancing organizational and individual readiness to address cardiovascular risk among individuals living with HIV. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves on the editorial boards of Implementation Science (BMC), Women’s Health Issues (Elsevier), and the recently launched Implementation Research and Practice (Sage).

Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 20 years, providing direct support to clients as well as serving as faculty for several of the Qualitative Research Summer Intensives and mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Methods Camps. At recent Intensives, she has taught courses on qualitative methods in implementation research, rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, integrated mixed methods research, and enhancing the usefulness of qualitative research. Dr. Hamilton is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming, Guilford).

Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D. is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Long Island, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers.

More than 20 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and a current methods book he is writing:

  • “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell, in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (2002, Sage)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (2006, American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (2008, Social Science Research Council).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (2008, Sage).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (April 2008, Sage).
  • “The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in Minority Research Engagement”, co-authored with Craig S. Fryer, Susan R. Passmore, et al., in Qualitative Health Research (March 2015, Sage).
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming, Guilford).

Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is an active participant at conferences around the country including invited presentations at American Evaluation Association, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where he taught from 1981 to 2014. He received his BFA in Drama and English Education in 1976, and MFA in Drama Education in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Saldaña is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003); The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed., Sage Publications, 2016; translated into Korean, Turkish, and Chinese-Simplified); Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011); Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011); Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications, 2015); a commissioned title for Routledge’s World Library of Educationalists Series, Writing Qualitatively: The Selected Works of Johnny Saldaña (Routledge, 2018); co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (4th ed., Sage Publications, 2020); co-author with Matt Omasta for Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (Sage Publications, 2018); and the editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005).

Saldaña’s methods works have been cited and referenced in over 12,900 research studies conducted in over 130 countries, in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, government and social services, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and communication.

Saldaña’s research in qualitative inquiry, data analysis, and performance ethnography has received awards from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the National Communication Association—Ethnography Division, the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group, New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre, and the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He has published a wide range of research articles in journals such as Research in Drama Education, The Qualitative Report, Multicultural Perspectives, Youth Theatre Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching Theatre, Research Studies in Music Education, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and Qualitative Inquiry, and has contributed several chapters to research methods handbooks.

Kevin Swartout, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology with a secondary appointment in the School Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focuses on social influence of harassment and violence, as well as trajectories of violent behavior and victimization across the lifespan. He has received early-career awards from the International Society for Research on Aggression, Southeastern Psychological Association, and Georgia State University. Dr. Swartout has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and frequently speaks at national and international conferences. He has been a qualitative research consultant with ResearchTalk Inc. for over ten years. In this capacity, he has regularly taught short courses on qualitative and mixed methods research as well as qualitative data analysis software. Dr. Swartout frequently serves as a scholar at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps, and he is also a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication. 

Daily Schedule for All Courses

Registration and Pricing

Registration Notes

Qualitative Problem Solving

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Styles of Qualitative Writing and Reporting

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Implementation Research: Using Qualitative Research Methods to Improve Policy and Practice

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Writing Effective Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Proposals

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Venue, Travel Info, and Accommodations

Event Venues for All Sessions

Hampton Inn and Suites Chapel Hill/Carrboro
370 E Main St #100
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 969-6988

Closest Airport

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU)
2400 John Brantley Blvd
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
RDU Taxi and Rental Car info is available here.

Accommodations at Event Venue

October 21-22 course with Rashawn Ray
Rate for session participants: $129.00 per night (plus tax)
Reservation deadline: September 20, 2019, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Online Reservations

October 23 course with Ray Maietta
Rate for session participants: $129.00 per night (plus tax)
Reservation deadline: September 27, 2019, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Online Reservations

October 28-30 courses with Johnny Saldaña
Rate for session participants: $129.00 per night (plus tax)
Reservation deadline: September 27, 2019, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Online Reservations:
October 28-29 Coding session
October 30 Writing session

November 15 course with Alison Hamilton
Rate for session participants: $129.00 per night (plus tax)
Reservation deadline: October 17, 2019, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Online Reservations