Aug 232014

Dear Qualitative SIG Members,

As many of you begin fall teaching responsibilities this week, let me ask that you take a moment to consider submitting a contribution for the fall edition of the Qualitative SIG newsletter. We are especially interested in contributions that would be of interest to SIG members such as recent awards, new publications, call for papers, etc. Short poems and creative pieces are also welcome.

Please submit items for consideration directly to the QR SIG newsletter editor, Kenneth J Fasching-Varner at In order to receive full consideration, items must be received no later than September 15, 2014.

Best wishes in the coming year,

Lisa A. Mazzei, QR SIG Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Education Studies
University of Oregon

Aug 232014

XIII Puerto Rican Congress on Research in Education
Date: March 11-13, 2015

Conference Theme: Changes in P-16 Education System: ¿Restructuring, reform or transformation?
Submission Deadline: November 7, 2014
Languages: Spanish or English

Call Details:

The XIII Puerto Rican Congress on Research in Education invites professors, researchers, teachers, administrators, students and other interested persons to submit proposals about innovative projects, implementation of new processes; higher education; development, implementation and evaluation of curricula; teachers’ preparation, among other related topics, that analyze the current situation of the P-16 education system from a conceptual point of view of restructuring, reform and transformation. We invite the academic community and general public to engage in a deep and comprehensive discussion on the conference theme.


  • Author(s) name(s) and presenter’s name
  • Mailing address, phone number, email
  • Institution, agency or organization that will be represented
  • Presentation title
  • Short narrative summarizing presentation (750 words), including references
  • Presentation format: (a) individual presentation or (b) panel discussion
  • Audiovisual equipment needed
  • Brief curriculum vitae (two pages)
  • Professor’s endorsement – for students
  • If accepted, you will have the option to submit a paper to be considered for publication on the Congress’ website. It must include an abstract of 150 words and a list of descriptors (both in Spanish and English).

More information:
Educational Research Center – College of Education
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
P. O. Box 23304
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3304

Aug 012014

Call for Nominations for the 2015 AERA Division D
Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award

The 2015 Award will be in Section 3:
Qualitative Research Methods.

Division D of AERA welcomes nominations for the 2015 Award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology. This annual award recognizes one piece of published research judged to represent a significant conceptual advancement in theory and practice of educational measurement and/or
educational research methodology. This award is not considered a lifetime achievement award; the significance of the contribution will be the primary consideration for this award. The research may be the work of an individual or a team of researchers.

Since 2014, the Award has been rotating among the three sections:

Section 1: Measurement, Psychometrics, and Assessment
Section 2: Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory
Section 3: Qualitative Research Methods

Selection Guidelines

In selecting a winner, the following guidelines will apply:

  • Quality, originality, and potential impact of the research on educational measurement and/or research methodology are the primary criteria for this award.
  • The recognized publication may be, but is not limited to, a refereed research article in either a print or online journal, a paper published in a refereed conference proceeding, a monograph, a book chapter, or a book. The work must have been published between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2014.
  • The nomination should be submitted electronically unless the material is not available in that format.
  • For articles, papers, book chapters, and books (not edited books), all authors must be nominated for the award; the first author must be a member of AERA-D.
  • Edited books may be submitted with the editors as the nominees. For edited volumes, the editors must have contributed significantly to the work; the nomination letter should describe how the editors contributed.
  • The nominator agrees that this work will not be nominated for a similar award that will be given during the 2015 Annual Meeting of either AERA or NCME.

Application Procedures

A complete nomination consists of:

  • The nomination letter (self-nominations are welcome) should include how the research impacts methodology and how it contributes in an original way to methodology.
  • A copy of the nominated research publication, including its bibliographic citation. If the publication is a book or monograph, the nominator should indicate which portion of the book or monograph is nominated for this award and include sample pages or chapters in the packet.
  • At least one additional letter of recommendation addressing the quality and potential impact of the research. The letter of recommendation must come from someone who is not affiliated with the nominated work.
  • All nominees’ vitae.

The winner will be announced and honored at the 2015 AERA annual meeting with a plaque and a $1,000 award. The winner will also be invited to present a talk at the following year’s business meeting.

Submit the complete nomination by November 30, 2014 to:

James E. Carlson (chair)
Educational Testing Service

Jul 012014

Call for Reviewers

The editing team of Action in Teacher Education, a national peer reviewed journal that publishes scholarship relating to research in teacher education (pre- and in-service) and pedagogy, seeks reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the journal. We are looking for teaching and research faculty from across research methodologies and areas of expertise with the time, and willingness to conduct rigorous analyses of submissions and provide constructive feedback that informs editors and authors about manuscripts’ strengths and weaknesses.

Those interested should send an email providing their (1) name, (2) title, (3) affiliation, (4) research foci, and (5) methodological expertise to

Tom Lucey

Jun 042014

AERA 2015 QR-SIG Call for Proposals

Chicago, Illinois
April 16-20, 2015

Conference Theme: Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis

Submission Deadline: July 22, 2014, 11:59PM Pacific Time

Call Details:

The AERA theme of this year’s call aims to encourage submissions that consider how education praxis, research, theory and policy can change the world – toward justice. Given the theme of the 2015 meeting, we welcome submissions that highlight how qualitative methodologies help us to examine injustices and conceptualize and fight for justice.

Specifically, the Qualitative Research SIG invites papers that foreground discussions of qualitative methodology and analysis. Qualitative Research includes a wide range of methodological, theoretical, and analytic approaches to education research, including but not limited to interpretive, critical, post-structural, posthumanist frameworks and the multitude of approaches that gets produced from working their intersections.

The Qualitative Research SIG strongly encourages submissions that emphasize methodologically innovative approaches that disrupt, reframe, re-imagine and expand issues in qualitative research to consider what it means to forefront justice as a methodological goal. Rather than take the notion of justice for granted, submissions might consider: How is justice theorized? How is justice engaged methodologically? How do choices around representation highlight one’s methodological orientation toward issues of (in)justice? What does it look like to do qualitative research toward a more just world? How might we continue to envision our contributions to the future of education and qualitative research?

We also encourage submissions that challenge methodological orthodoxy and help us transgress and push the boundaries of qualitative inquiry. While proposals that address the yearly theme are encouraged, high quality proposals on all topics that make contributions to qualitative research methodologies are welcomed.

We invite scholars from all divisions and SIGs to submit proposals. The AERA online submission system is now open, and details about the formal call for proposals and the July 22, 2014 deadline can be found at

As a reminder, paper and session submissions must not identify the author(s) in any way. Proposals for papers, posters, roundtables, and symposia/sessions are invited, and innovative session designs are encouraged. In order to accommodate flexibility in program decisions, please select all of the formats in which you would be willing to present your work; every year there are far more spots available for poster presentations and roundtable papers than individual papers and symposia. Please also note that ‘working group roundtables’ and ‘structured poster sessions’ count as symposia (even though they are named to suggest otherwise), and thus compete against numerous other proposed sessions for a small number of slots.

Please share this call for proposals with all who may be interested. The number of sessions allocated to each SIG is determined by the number of proposals and the size of our active membership. Please consider our SIG as a place to share your work, and renew your SIG membership when you submit your proposals. Encourage students and colleagues to join our SIG too.

All information about the annual meeting can be found at You can also go there to volunteer to serve as a session chair or discussant for Qualitative Research SIG sessions at the 2015 meeting. These are especially important roles for senior scholars, in order to provide leadership and mentoring.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Sara Childers & Jessica Lester
AERA Qualitative SIG Program Co-Chairs

Dr. Sara Childers
Adjunct Professor, Independent Scholar
Skype: sara.childers

Dr. Jessica Nina Lester
Assistant Professor, Indiana University

May 202014

Congratulations to QR SIG Member, Patricia Leavy!

    UPDATE: Sense Publiblishers notified on May 28, 2014 “the award will be presented in the ACA annual meeting”, next September 12 & 13, 2014, at Philadelphia, PA.

The American Creativity Association is awarding Patricia Leavy a 2014 Special Achievement Award for her work advancing arts-based research and Social Fictions series (which is being called “ground-breaking” and a “watershed moment in the academy). It’s a huge honor to receive this kind of recognition and Patricia has informed that she plans to use it to highlight the work that so many arts-based and innovative qualitative researchers are doing. The ACA has never given this award expressly for qualitative or arts-based research. The ACA has honored pioneers in creativity including:

The ACA has also honored groundbreaking corporations including the LEGO Group and Pixar Animation Studios. So for them to acknowledge arts-based research in this way is exciting.

If you happen to see Patricia at ICQI, be sure to congratulate her on this achievement.

More on Patricia Leavy and the award

May 162014

Hello QR SIG Faculty/Researcher members,

The QR SIG Mentoring Committee is working to provide collaborative research opportunities for its members. Last year’s proposal feedback program received positive responses from both feedback providers and participants and we would like to extend and expand on the program this year. The aim for QR proposal feedback program is to support and encourage early researchers by guiding them in developing their skills and helping them to become a more insightful qualitative researchers. We are looking for experienced qualitative faculty and researchers who would be willing to serve as feedback providers to graduate students and early career qualitative researchers who intend to submit proposals to the QR SIG in July 2014. As you know, it remains very difficult to get on the program at AERA and many folks need support as they begin to prepare their submissions. This can be especially true for emerging qualitative scholars.

Time Commitment: This collaboration should not be burdensome on the feedback providers. If you would be willing to volunteer your time, we would ask you to read a draft proposal and provide feedback for one or two participants. We will ask participants to have drafts of their proposals to you no later than July 8th, but you are more than welcome to negotiate deadlines that work better with your schedule. We would hope that you would check in with your participant(s) regularly prior to the deadline to prompt and monitor their progress.

Mentor: Faculty with strong records in qualitative research and teaching are encouraged to volunteer.

Matching: The Mentoring Committee will match you up with a participant (graduate student or early career qualitative researcher).

If you are interested in being a proposal feedback provider, please provide:

  • Your contact info
  • Areas of qualitative interest/expertise
  • Three relevant publications

Please send this information to Alonzo M. Flowers III ( by Friday, May 23rd. We look forward to hearing from you!


Alonzo M. Flowers
Sarah Bridges-Rhoads
Jennifer Wolgemuth
Judith Munter

QR SIG Mentoring Committee

May 072014
(With apologies to Shakespeare and Robert Frost)

Teacher, where are you today?
Here in this classroom and that one,
In our textbooks and book chapters:
In the minds and hearts of
those who learned from you:
A bright star in this now cloudy sky,
Reminding us to never stop
moving forward.

Artist, where are you today?
In our imagination and our memory.
Recalling that you may have
chosen painting over teaching.
Yet you chose the academic road
Giving us ideas and perceptions to play with.
Making us imagine and deliberate
About research the arts and education.

Colleague, where are you today?
Still transforming us through your history and ours
Recalling Shakespeare and Frost.
So that we do not measure our sorrow by your worth
Otherwise our grief would be unending.

Friend and mentor, where are you today?
Here at my computer making me think
of what would you have said in that line?
There in that meeting,
waiting for the exact moment to speak,
At home or at yoga class
recalling that life is in itself a work of art.
Every space filled with your wisdom and wit.
Connoisseurship and discernment your legacy.

You taught us to paint the sky
with the diamonds of criticism
And the emeralds of the enlightened eye.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Some ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and you
Took the one less travelled by, Teacher, and you
And that has made all the difference.

By Valerie J. Janesick,
University of South Florida