ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Qualitative Research Design and Methods | Chrystal G. Mwangi and Ezekiel Kimball

Event date/time: 

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst | E20 Machmer Hall


Description: This three-day workshop provides an overview of how qualitative researchers think (research design) and what they do (research methods). Participants will gain hands-on experience with qualitative research by contributing to the design and execution of a small-scale study developed by the facilitators. Group experiences are punctuated by brief discussions of key ideas in qualitative research as well as by opportunities for participants to develop or refine their own projects. Topics covered in this workshop include research ethics, common qualitative approaches, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, media-based qualitative methods, basic qualitative data analysis, and writing about qualitative findings. This workshop is suitable for those with limited exposure to qualitative research or with current qualitative work that they wish to refine further.

Instructors: Chrystal G. Mwangi and Ezekiel Kimball

Dr. Chrystal A. George Mwangi Dr. Chrystal A. George Mwangi is an Assistant Professor in higher education. Her scholarship broadly centers on structures of opportunity and educational attainment for underrepresented populations along the P-20 education pipeline, impacts of globalization and migration on U.S. higher education at the student, institution, and policy levels, and African and African Diaspora populations in higher education. She earned a PhD in higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. George Mwangi worked for a number of years as a college administrator, including positions in undergraduate admissions, multicultural affairs, student conduct, and academic advising. She has also engaged in education research and policy work for organizations including the Council for Opportunity in Education, the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, and Higher Education for Development.

Dr. Ezekiel Kimball is an Assistant Professor of higher education and Associate Director of the Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his research, Dr. Kimball examines the postsecondary success pathways of students with disabilities as well as the theory use of student affairs professionals. His work on these topics has appeared in the Journal of Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and has been funded by the Spencer Foundation and by NASPA Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. A qualitative methodologist, Dr. Kimball frequently employs ethnographic and grounded theory techniques in his research and has also written extensively about methodological issues, most recently having co-edited (with Karla Loya) Using Qualitative Research to Promote Organizational Intelligence for the New Directions for Institutional Research book series.earning and development, the connection between social and educational theory, and the history of higher education. His published works include journal articles and book chapters on social theory, college admissions, and student affairs practice.

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Methodologist Jessica Pearlman (


Space is Limited!! Please register early to reserve your seat, and to assist in our planning.

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$150/person
  • Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………..$250/person
  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$275/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………..$400/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. ISSR will offer you the choice of placement on a wait-list or a refund for any workshops that are over-subscribed. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.