17th Annual
Qualitative Research
Summer Intensive

Gyre by Thomas Sayre, North Carolina Museum of Art

July 27 - 31, 2020
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC

Tony Adams, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bradley University. Prior to Bradley, he was a faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University (2008-2017). In 2017, he was named the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor, the highest research award at Northeastern.

Dr. Adams has published more than 60 articles and book chapters and has (co)authored and (co)edited seven books including Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction (Routledge), Autoethnography (Oxford University Press), and the Handbook of Autoethnography (Routledge).

Dr. Adams has facilitated workshops on qualitative research at numerous institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, Texas A&M, the University of Alabama, the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. He is a co-editor of the Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives book series (Routledge) and founding co-editor of the Journal of Autoethnography (University of California Press).

Dr. Fred Bonner II, Ph.D., is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.

Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration & College Teaching from the University of Arkansas. Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award. He is the author of the recently released book Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline (2014, Stylus).

Dr. Elizabeth G. Creamer, Ph.D., Professor Emerita Educational Research and Evaluation in the School of Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she served in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. Creamer is a research methodologist who taught graduate level research methods courses in mixed methods and qualitative approaches to grounded theory for more than twenty years.

She is the author of the 2018 SAGE textbook, An Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research that introduces a framework for mixing across all phases of the research process. Under contract with Routledge, she is in the process of writing a new textbook, Advancing Grounded Theory Development with Mixed Methods Research. Over the course of her 35-year career, Creamer authored 4 books or monographs, 127 journal articles and book chapters, and 95 conference presentations. She led workshops about mixed methods in diverse settings, including in Vienna, Austria and Japan. Elizabeth is serving as the fifth president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).

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.

Matt Omasta is Associate Professor and Associate Department Head from Utah State University’s Departments of Theatre Arts. He is author of Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (with Johnny Saldaña, SAGE, 2018), and texts employing qualitative inquiry including Play, Performance, and Identity (with Drew Chappell, Routledge, 2015), Playwriting and Young Audiences (Intellect, 2017), and Impacting Audiences: Methods for Studying Change (with Dani Snyder-Young, Routledge, forthcoming).

He has published an array of articles in journals including the International Journal for Education and the Arts, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Research, Performance Matters, Theatre Topics, Youth Theatre Journal, Theatre for Young Audiences Today, and Teaching Theatre. His research has been recognized by awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and the Educational Theatre Association, among others.

Trena Paulus, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Research Division, Department of Family Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University. She is author of Doing Qualitative Research with Digital Tools (Sage, 2020); Looking for Learning, Insight and Transformation in Online Talk (Routledge, 2019); and Digital Tools for Qualitative Research (Sage, 2014).

Dr. Paulus has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to qualitative research technologies, language-based methodologies for investigating online conversations, and online learning. Dr. Paulus consults and provides workshops on the use of digital tools, discourse analysis, and social media platforms in a variety of research contexts in the U.S. and internationally. She is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti.

Rashawn Ray, Ph.D., is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at The Brookings Institution, and Associate Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also one of the co-editors of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public (Sage). Formerly, Ray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality with a particular focus on police-civilian relations and men’s treatment of women.

His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray has published over 50 books, articles, and book chapters, and 15 op-eds. Recently, Ray published the book How Families Matter: Simply Complicated Intersections of Race, Gender, and Work (with Pamela Braboy Jackson) (2018, Lexington) and another edition of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy (2017, Cognella), which has been adopted nearly 40 times in college courses. Ray has written for New York Times, Huffington Post, NBC News, The Conversation, and Public Radio International. Selected as 40 Under 40 Prince George’s County and awarded the 2016 UMD Research Communicator Award, Ray has appeared on C-Span, MSNBC, HLN, Al Jazeera, NPR, and Fox. His research is cited in CNN, Washington Post, Associated Press, MSN, The Root, and The Chronicle. Previously, Ray served on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Planning Committee and the Commission on Racial Justice with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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.

Dr. Sarah J. Tracy (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2000) is Professor of qualitative methodology and organizational communication in The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ, United States. She has led over 25 qualitative workshops around the world for students, professors, and professionals in multiple disciplines. 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 (2nd Edition, 2019, Wiley), a YouTube channel called Get Your Qual On, and more than 90 scholarly monographs. Her workshops aim to leave participants practicing specific qualitative crafts that can be immediately incorporated to improve the rigor, impact, beauty, and accessibility of research. She approaches research from a use-inspired standpoint and endeavors toward creating scholarship that inspires wisdom, compassion, transformation, and well-being.

Publications, an occasional blog, YouTube channel, and more information: