Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Qualitative Research Design and Methods | Ezekiel Kimball

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants


This workshop will be offered online.

Description:This 3-day (12-hour) 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 by working through exercises related to their own current, past, or possible future projects. Group experiences are punctuated by brief discussions of key ideas in qualitative research. 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.

Instructor: Ezekiel Kimball

Dr. Ezekiel Kimball is Associate Dean for Operations and Planning, Associate 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 Review of Higher Education, Journal of Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, National Science Founcation, and Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. A qualitative methodologist, Dr. Kimball frequently employs ethnographic and grounded theory techniques in his research.

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


Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $150/person
  • Five College Faculty and Staff:  $250/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $275/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professional:  $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. Please note: payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. You will receive an email confirming the names of workshops for which your registration has been accepted. If a workshop you have registered for is over-subscribed, you will be refunded and offered placement on a wait-list. 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.