Fall 2022 Qualitative Inquiry Seminars

Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data

Johnny Saldaña
October 13-14

Synthesizing Qualitative Data

Johnny Saldaña and Matt Omasta
October 27-28

Mixed Methods Research Projects: Designing, Implementing, and Presenting

Kevin Swartout
November 14-15

Equity-Centered Approaches to Qualitative Research

Kristin Black
December 1-2

Courses offered exclusively in online format

Did you miss an opportunity to learn from Johnny Saldaña and Kristin Black at our Qualitative Research Summer Intensive? Both are teaching at our Fall Qualitative Inquiry Seminars.

Johnny Saldaña will again offer the following courses:

  • “Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data” on October 13-14
  • “Synthesizing Qualitative Data” with Matt Omasta, on October 27-28

Kristin Black will offer a 2-day version of her QRSI course:

  • “Equity-Centered Approaches to Qualitative Research” on December 1-2

In addition, Kevin Swartout will offer the following course:

  • “Mixed Methods Research Projects: Designing, Implementing, and Presenting” on November 14-15

Online Seminar Details

Course Descriptions

Scholar: Johnny Saldaña

Dates: Thursday-Friday, October 13-14

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 (4th edition, 2021, Sage Publishing).

Scholars: Johnny Saldaña and Matt Omasta

Date: Thursday-Friday, October 27-28

After qualitative data have been collected and initially analyzed, we are faced with the larger task of making meaning across numerous narratives and expanding ideas. This course provides strategies for data synthesis—that is, moving into advanced qualitative data analysis and integrative theory building.

The workshop will address:

  • Analytic heuristics (categories, themes, assertions, propositions, concepts)
  • Analytic write-ups (memos, vignettes)
  • Data analytic display-making (matrices and diagrams)
  • Theory development

We will make use of an analytic synthesis matrix that outlines approaches for integrating meaningful ideas and making sense of data. These methods are transferable to any discipline including business, education, the social sciences, and health care.

Workshop content is derived from Saldaña’s methods texts including The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (4th edition, 2021, Sage Publishing), the co-authored Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (4th ed., 2020, Sage Publishing), and Saldaña & Omasta’s Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (2nd edition, 2022, Sage Publishing).

Scholar: Kevin Swartout

Date: Monday-Tuesday, November 14-15

Mixed methods research requires specialized skills that place qualitative and quantitative knowledge in a dynamic and deliberate conversation with each other yet also builds upon existing research skills in each realm. This workshop will engage participants in discussions of perceived (and real) challenges when designing, executing, and presenting mixed methods research.

We will consider five key questions:

  1. What distinguishes quality mixed methods research from other types of research?
  2. What guides key mixed methods research design decisions including role of theory, points of integration, mixed sampling and analysis strategies, and timing of data phases?
  3. How can researchers execute their study to generate novel insights using a variety of data sources, data displays, and visual diagramming?
  4. How can researchers avoid common pitfalls when publishing mixed methods studies?
  5. What recent advances in mixed methods research can be incorporated into proposals, practices, and manuscripts?

Knowledge of and experience with the issues raised in these questions will maximize the quality of your designs, feasibility of your procedures, and avenues for disseminating your completed mixed methods research.

Participants are encouraged to bring a study idea or preliminary draft of a proposal or paper that they can explore during the workshop as time allows.

Scholar: Kristin Black

Date: Thursday-Friday, December 1-2

As structural and systemic racism have become more commonplace concepts, there is a growing awareness about how structures (e.g., policies, programs, practices) contribute to the inequities we see in every system (e.g., healthcare, education, criminal legal system) between historically oppressed and historically privileged groups in the United States.  In order for real and sustainable change to occur, individuals within these systems must continue to intentionally establish equitable structures and not reinforce overt or covert discrimination.  This same intentionality should and must be applied to the work of people using qualitative research methods.

During this course, Dr. Black will provide participants with key foundational knowledge and adaptive strategies for collecting and analyzing qualitative data utilizing approaches that uplift equity and don’t reinforce structural discrimination in qualitative inquiry.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Considering (mis)alignment of participant-researcher social identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, income level)
  • Importance of framing interview questions
  • Approaching communities you have not previously worked with
  • Equitable participant incentives
  • Considerations for how and where the participant-researcher exchange takes place
  • Walking in and out of relationships with participants
  • Opportunities to engage participants after data collection
  • Viewing the data from a systems-level perspective
  • Sharing findings with participants and the wider community

Dr. Black will use examples from her own qualitative and community-based participatory research, as well as interactive activities to engage the course participants in lively and informative discussions about how qualitative researchers can effectively incorporate equity approaches in their engagement with the communities they work with and serve.

Scholar Bios

Kristin Z. Black, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina. She received her MPH and PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Black is committed to utilizing community-based participatory research, mixed methods, and racial equity approaches to understand and address inequities in reproductive health and chronic disease outcomes. Her research merges 3 key components. First, Dr. Black explores the connections between reproductive health, maternal health, and chronic diseases, and if these outcomes differ by race/ethnicity or other social identities. Second, she focuses on understanding what individual- and systems-level factors may hinder or facilitate birthing people’s journey through maternal healthcare services. Third, she is committed to transforming research into action by engaging community stakeholders in implementing and sustaining interventions that tackle health inequities and structural racism. 

Currently, Dr. Black is a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s first cohort of Health Equity Scholars for Action, a career development award that is funding her 2-year project, Mapping and Analyzing Pressure Points and Structural inequities in Maternal Healthcare (MAPPS-MH) Project. She is also the co-director for the Maternal and Child Health Scholars, Training, and Enrichment Program (MCH-STEP) for undergraduate students in the College of Health and Human Performance at ECU, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She serves as the external evaluator for the HRSA-funded North Carolina Baby Love Plus program that is administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Through her research and teaching, Dr. Black mentors students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches courses on health equity and qualitative research methods. 

Dr. Black’s work has been published in Qualitative Health Research, Social Science & Medicine, Frontiers in Public Health, Ethnicity & Health, JAMA Oncology, Breast Cancer Research, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Her array of published work includes leading a chapter about using anti-racism organizing in cancer care in the pivotal and timely book, Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional, published in 2019.

Dr. Black is dedicated to serving the public health profession and community organizations in the pursuit of health equity. She is a member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (a 19-year-old community-medical-academic partnership), chair of the Gillings’ Alumni Association Advisory Board, member of the Gillings’ Public Health Foundation Board, and president-elect of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues.


Dr. Black has been a member of ResearchTalk’s consultant team for over 5 years, helping to advise and guide clients on their projects.  She also is a member of the QRSI administrative team.

She and her husband live in Greenville, North Carolina with their 4-year-old daughter and 8-year-old pitbull/cattle dog.

Matt Omasta is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Miami University of Ohio. His work focuses on theatre and drama in applied, community-engaged, and educational contexts; theatre for young audiences; audience / spectator studies; and qualitative research methods. He is particularly interested in exploring how performance impacts human experience. His publications, which have been cited over 700 times, include:

  • Play, Performance, and Identity (Routledge, 2015) with Drew Chappell
  • Playwriting and Young Audiences (Intellect, 2017) with Nicole B. Adkins
  • Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (2nd edition, SAGE, 2021) with Johnny Saldaña
  • Impacting Theatre Audiences: Methods for Studying Change (Routledge, 2022) with Dani Snyder-Young

As a creative artist, Dr. Omasta creates and mentors students in the creation of research-based ethnographic performances that explore the lived experiences of diverse communities, including people experiencing mental illness, bi/multi-racial students at predominantly white universities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community from religious backgrounds, women, and older adults. 

Dr. Omasta was the inaugural recipient of the Johnny Saldaña Outstanding Professor of Theatre Education award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Dr. Omasta holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Arizona State University, an M.A. in theatre education from Emerson College, and a B.A. in drama from Ithaca College.

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He has produced 15 books (with selected works translated into Korean, Turkish, and Chinese-Simplified); major titles include: 

  • Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003)
  • The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (4th ed., Sage Publishing, 2021)
  • Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011)
  • Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publishing, 2015)
  • Writing Qualitatively: The Selected Works of Johnny Saldaña (Routledge, 2018)
  • co-author with the late Miles and Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (4th ed., Sage Publishing, 2020)
  • co-author with Matt Omasta for Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (2nd ed., Sage Publishing, 2022)
  • editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005)
  • co-editor with Charles Vanover and Paul Mihas for Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Research: After the Interview (Sage Publishing, 2022)

Saldaña’s methods works have been cited and referenced in more than 25,000 research studies conducted in over 135 countries in disciplines such as education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, government and social services, the fine arts, engineering, and the social sciences.

Kevin Swartout (PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. 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 and frequently serves as a scholar at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. Dr. Swartout is a co-author on a recently published article that provides an overview of the Sort and Sift approach: “Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide: An Applied Approach to Working with, Learning from, and Privileging Qualitative Data” (https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol26/iss6/20/). 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

Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data, October 13-14

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Synthesizing Qualitative Data, October 27-28

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Mixed Methods Research Projects: Designing, Implementing, and Presenting, November 14-15

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Equity-Centered Approaches to Qualitative Research, December 1-2

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Registration Notes

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