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 to those with current qualitative work that they wish to refine further.
Dr. George Mwangi is an Assistant Professor in Higher Education. Her scholarship broadly centers on 1) structures of opportunity and educational attainment for underrepresented populations along the P-20 education pipeline, 2) impacts of globalization and migration on U.S. higher education at the student, institution, and policy levels, and 3) African and African Diaspora populations in higher education. Some of her recent research projects emphasize the educational experiences of Black immigrant collegians, the role of family and community in college access and success, broadening underrepresented student participation in STEM, and higher education cross-border partnerships. 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 various organizations, including the Council for Opportunity in Education, Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, and Higher Education for Development.
Dr. Ezekiel Kimball is an Assistant Professor in Higher Education. His prior professional experience includes work as a director of institutional research, interim director of student affairs, residence hall coordinator, and nonprofit program manager. He earned a PhD in higher education with a graduate minor in social theory from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. in adult education and B.A. in history from the University of Southern Maine. His research interests include college access, student learning 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.