The Entrance to the Timbered Walkway
at Coker Arboretum, UNC

12th Annual
Qualitative Research
Summer Intensive

The Entrance to the Timbered Walkway
at Coker Arboretum, UNC

12th Annual
Qualitative Research
Summer Intensive

July 27 - July 31, 2015
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC

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Dr. Tony Adams is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. He teaches courses about interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, communication theory, and sex, gender, and sexuality.

He is the author of more than 50 articles, book chapters, and reviews, and has published four books: Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire (Left Coast Press, 2011), The Handbook of Autoethnography (Left Coast Press, 2013, co-edited with Carolyn Ellis and Stacy Holman Jones), On (Writing) Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss (Sense Publishers, 2014, co-edited with Jonathan Wyatt), and Autoethnography (Oxford University Press, 2015, co-authored with Carolyn Ellis and Stacy Holman Jones). He is currently working on four additional books: one about queer autoethnography, another about Teaching Sexuality, and a third about the ethics in qualitative research.

Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. In the latter position, she leads seminars for faculty to help them complete their research and scholarly writing. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including two award-winning books, Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis and Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time. The considerably expanded second edition of Constructing Grounded Theory recently appeared as did a co-edited Sage Publications four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis with senior editor, Adele Clarke. Her co-edited volume with senior editor Antony Bryant, The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory, appeared in 2007.

Professor Charmaz is a co-author of two multi-authored methodology books, Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry, which came out in 2011 with Guilford, and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, a 2009 publication with Left Coast Press. She has also published numerous articles and chapters on the experience of chronic illness, the social psychology of suffering, writing for publication, and grounded theory and qualitative research.

Professor Charmaz has served as President of the Pacific Sociological Association, President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honorary for sociology, editor of Symbolic Interaction, and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. She has received the Feminist Mentors Award and the George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. She lectures and leads workshops on grounded theory, qualitative methods, medical sociology, and symbolic interactionism around the globe.

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 Associate Director for Implementation Science and Director of the Qualitative Methods Group at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. 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 and Women’s Health Issues.

Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 19 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 Data Analysis and Data Collection Camps. At recent Intensives, she has taught courses on qualitative methods in implementation research, rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, 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).

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 (Sage Publications, 2002)
  • “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 (American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America, 2006).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (Social Science Research Council, 2008).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (Sage Publications, 2008).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (Sage Publications, April 2008)
  • “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 13, 2015 (Sage Publications)
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift, (Guilford Press) in progress.
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.

Paul Mihas is a senior social research associate specializing in qualitative research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, he regularly advises graduate students and faculty on qualitative methods, software, and strategies for analysis. He is the former managing editor of Social Forces, a journal of sociology published at the University of North Carolina Press.

As a qualitative analysis consultant with ResearchTalk (since 2001), Mihas has lectured on qualitative methods and strategies for analysis at several universities, including the University of Puerto Rico, Howard University, and Temple University. He has also served as faculty at the annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps.

His interests include memo writing as a stand-alone method; his current research focuses on cancer survivors and metaphors for illness and the body. Mihas received an M.A. (1989) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mihas is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication.

George W. Noblit is the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he teaches advanced qualitative data analysis and interpretation and sociology of education.

His research is largely focused around studies of race and schooling. His research has won three awards from two associations. He is currently completing a new book on meta-ethnography (a qualitative research synthesis approach he developed) and social theory– his nineteenth book. He regularly conducts funded evaluation studies, and is currently doing fieldwork in Minnesota schools examining that state’s arts-integration efforts. He has published in a wide-range of journals and edits a journal and two book series.

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. He is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (2003, AltaMira), The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed., 2016, Sage), Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (2011, Oxford), Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (2011, Left Coast), Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (2015, Sage), co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (3rd ed., 2014, Sage), and the editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (2005, AltaMira).

His most recent book is Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life, a new methods textbook with co-author Matt Omasta (2018, Sage). Saldaña’s works have been cited and referenced in over 4,000 research studies conducted in over 120 countries, in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and government and social services.

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, 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, Multicultural Perspectives, Youth Theatre Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching Theatre, Research Studies in Music Education, and Qualitative Inquiry, and has contributed several chapters to research methods handbooks.

Margarete Sandelowski is Boshamer Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has directed and was principal faculty in the summer programs in qualitative and mixed methods research offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning at the School of Nursing. She has published widely in refereed nursing, interdisciplinary health, and social science journals (e.g., Field Methods, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Health Research, Research in Nursing and Health, Social Science and Medicine) and anthologies in the domains of gender and technology, and qualitative and mixed methods research (both primary research and research synthesis). Her works have been translated into Spanish and Japanese.

Among her books are Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research (2007, Springer) and With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility (1993, University of Pennsylvania), which was awarded the 1994 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.

Among her book chapters are:

  • “Synthesizing Qualitative and Quantitative Research Findings,” by M. Sandelowski, C.I. Voils, J. Crandell, and J. Leeman in Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research, edited by C.T. Beck (2013, Routledge)
  • “On Quantitizing,” by M. Sandelowski, C.I. Voils, and G. Knafl in Sage Quantitative Research Methods: Vol.1. Fundamental Issues in Quantitative Research, edited by W.P. Vogt (2011, Sage)
  • “Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Conducting Mixed-Methods Intervention Studies in the Health Sciences,” by M. Song, M. Sandelowski, and M.B. Happ in Sage Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research (2d ed.), edited by A. Tashakkori and C. Teddlie (2010, Sage)
  • “Writing the Proposal for a Qualitative Research Methodology Project,” by M. Sandelowski in Qualitative Research 2 (vol. 2), edited by A. Bryman (2007, Sage)
  • “Tables or Tableaux? Writing and Reading Mixed Methods Studies,” by M. Sandelowski in Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research, edited by A. Tashakkori and C. Teddlie (2003, Sage)

Dr. Sandelowski has been awarded as principal investigator four 5-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health in the qualitative and mixed methods research domains. She has served on NIH and other grant review panels, and contributed to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research Working Group that resulted in the 2011 Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences. She was inducted in 2015 into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Kevin Swartout 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 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.

Dr. Sarah J. Tracy is Herberger Professor of organizational communication and qualitative methodology in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She has led over 20 qualitative workshops in a number of international settings in which participants go beyond learning about methods to practicing specific qualitative crafts and analytic techniques. Sarah created the “eight big-tent criteria” model for excellent qualitative research and is author of Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact (2013, Wiley-Blackwell), a YouTube channel called “Get Your Qual On,” and more than 65 monographs. She approaches research from a use-inspired standpoint and endeavors toward creating scholarship that inspires wisdom, compassion, transformation, and well-being.

Sarah’s PublicationsSarah’s BlogSarah’s Youtube

Mark D. Vagle is associate professor and associate department chair in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. He conducts, and teaches doctoral seminars focusing on, phenomenological research. In addition, Vagle teaches courses on qualitative research methodologies, as well as philosophies, theories, and teaching practices that inform the schooling of elementary students.

Currently, Vagle is using what he has termed post-intentional phenomenology to critically examine various ways in which issues related to social class take concrete (lived) shape in the curriculum and pedagogies of elementary education. He has published his work widely in journals such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Field Methods, and Curriculum Inquiry–and his book, Crafting Phenomenological Research was published by Left Coast Press in 2014.