Oct 252014

The Qualitative Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association invites nominations of dissertations in educational research that exemplify excellence in qualitative methodology and that may typify the SIG’s mission to emphasize “ways that qualitative research may contribute to reducing inequality and injustice in schools and society”. The American Educational Research Association will also recognize the winner of the qualitative dissertation award.

Dissertations defended during Spring/Summer/Fall 2014 semesters, no later than Monday, December 5, 2014, will be eligible for consideration. The committee chair must receive nominations by Friday, December 12, 2014. The committee will not consider late or incomplete nominations. Award finalists will be contacted by the third week of January 2014. Finalists will then be asked to supply a full copy of the dissertation to distribute to the committee for further consideration.

See QR-SIG Diss Award Call for more information.

Send nomination packets to:
D. Eric Archer, Ph.D.
1903 W Michigan Ave, MS 5283
Sangren Hall 3571
Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5283
eric.archer@wmich.edu (electronic submissions strongly encouraged)

Oct 252014

Topic: Public Engagement and the Politics of Evidence in an Age of Neoliberalism and Audit Culture
Dates: July 23-25, 2015
Location: Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

This symposium will examine accelerating trends in higher education: neoliberalism, the politics of evidence, and the audit culture. In an age in which value is often equated with accountancy, we will examine the place in the academy for public intellectualism, community-engagement, Indigenous epistemologies, and how the impact of our scholarship is, and ought to be, justly assessed.

Invited presenters will provoke lively discussion, but going beyond discussion, and blurring the lines between presenter and audience member, participants will be invited to engage actively with other presenter/participants in attendance for the purpose of effecting changes at their home institutions. Opportunities will be available for reconsidering and strategizing academic issues such as faculty criteria documents, measurement rankings, traditional impact factors, and other academic matters affected by the politics of austerity, neoliberalism, and new management technologies.

Action will also be encouraged through submissions to a special issue of in education (the University of Regina Faculty of Education’s journal), potentially collaborating on an edited book, TED-style dissemination videos, producing a list of recommendations, developing examples of inclusive faculty criteria documents, possibly developing a community impact factor as an alternative to journal impact factor metrics, and further actions as collectively discussed at the symposium.

Questions to be explored include:

  • What counts as scholarship and why?
  • How do we achieve accountability in an age of accountancy?
  • How do we measure research impact, (i.e., journal impact factor vs community and policy impact)? Impact for whom?
  • Who and how do we determine whose evidence and what research is legitimate?
  • What can be done? How do we effect change to university practices?

Please visit the symposium website at: http://www.politicsofevidence.ca/

Other questions or comments can be directed to:

Marc Spooner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, RM 377
Faculty of Education
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK
S4S 0A2
TEL: (306) 585-4538
FAX: (306) 585-4880

Oct 252014

Call for Nominations for the 2015 AERA Division D

Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and
Research Methodology Award

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 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.

The 2015 award will be in 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 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

Oct 142014

Dear Qualitative Research SIG Members:

Please take a moment to consider a self-nomination for one of the key leadership positions in the SIG. Our current Secretary, Mark Vagle and Treasurer, Audra Skukauskaite, are completing their 3-year terms at the conclusion of the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting. The key duties and eligibility requirements for each position are listed below.

In addition, the holders of these positions serve on the Executive Committee for the SIG and provide important input for priorities and work carried out on behalf of the membership. If you, or someone you know are interested in serving, please forward the following directly to me by October 31st, 2014:

  • Complete contact information
  • Office you wish to seek
  • A 250-word biographical statement including relevant ideas for your contribution to the QR SIG Leadership Team
Secretary Duties
  1. Take and publish notes at the annual meeting of the executive committee and annual business meeting of the membership
  2. Update the QRSIG handbook as needed through the posting on the website and other means by September of each year
  3. Transfer applicable records and information to the Incoming Secretary
Treasurer Duties
  1. Maintain membership records: Official Roster, Interests Roster
  2. Approve appropriate expense claims
  3. Report to membership at annual meeting of SIG
  4. Prepare and submit financial reports Form E: Financial Report to membership

Eligibility to Hold Office: All members in good standing of both AERA and the QRSIG and who are not restricted from holding a particular office due to requirements in the Association’s or the QRSIG’s Bylaws and policies shall be eligible to run as candidates for election as officers and for any office within the QRSIG.

Thank you for your consideration,

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

Oct 042014

Topic: Putting Theory to Work
Dates: Monday 6th – Friday 10th July 2015
Location: Education and Social Research Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

The Education and Social Research Institute at MMU is a leading centre for applied social and educational research, with a world-class reputation for the development of theory and methodology. It is one of the top ten UK education research establishments, according to the last Research Assessment Exercise. Find out more about ESRI at http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk.

The Summer Institute is for qualitative researchers looking for stimulating engagements with theory, from doctoral students to more experienced researchers, in education, social sciences, health and caring professions, arts and humanities. Learn about the latest in theory and methodology, in dialogue with leading international theorists.

Questions and themes include:

  • What are the current trends and the future directions?
  • How does theory influence methods, ethics, identity?
  • How can I put theory to work in my own research?
  • How does theory engage with policy and practice?

Research paradigms and more include:

  • new materialisms
  • art theory
  • feminisms
  • postcolonial theory
  • poststructuralism
  • Marxism
  • ethnography
  • policy analysis
  • discourse
  • analysis
  • psychoanalysis

Send initial enquiries and registration details to: SIQR@mmu.ac.uk
Summer Institute in Qualitative Research,
The Education and Social Research Institute,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Birley Building,
53 Bonsall Street, M15 6GX, UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 247 2010/2320
Fax +44 (0)161 247 6353

SIQR Flyer 2015 Email Version

Further information and details of previous Summer Institutes see: http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/siqr/

Sep 282014

sari_knopp_biklenSari Knopp Biklen, Professor Emerita of Cultural Foundations of Education and Women’s Studies, passed away on September 16, 2014.

“I know that I speak for all of her colleagues in expressing deep sadness over Sari’s passing,” says Eric F. Spina, Syracuse University vice chancellor and provost. “Her enthusiasm and contributions to this University – and to generations of students – in teaching, scholarship, and service, have been so valuable. The impact of her loss will be felt not only by the School of Education, but by this entire academic community and by alumni and friends across the country.”

Biklen, 68, retired from the School of Education in May 2014, after thirty-eight years of service to Syracuse University. During her tenure, she served as department chair of Cultural Foundations of Education; was director of the Institute for Popular Culture, Media Literacy and Education; and held a courtesy appointment in the Sociology Department of the Maxwell School.

“Sari’s passing leaves us with a hole in our hearts but she has gifted us with so much and her influence is deep,” says Barbara Applebaum, professor and department chair of Cultural Foundations of Education. “Under her guidance as department chair, the reputation of Cultural Foundations of Education was enhanced across campus and nationally. She was a caring friend and colleague and a compassionate mentor to both students and faculty.”

A revered scholar, teacher, mentor, and adviser; Biklen was recognized with many national and University accolades. These include:

  • Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Scholarship (2009)
  • Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence (1999)
  • University Scholar by the American Association of University Women (1999)
  • Syracuse University Outstanding Teacher Award (1996)
  • Willystine Goodsell Award for scholarship and practice in gender and education from the American Educational Research Association (1988)
  • Rio Tinto-LaTrobe University Distinguished Visiting Fellow, in Melbourne, Australia (1999)

Biklen specialized popular culture, qualitative research methods, youth culture, and women’s studies. Her books include:

  • A Practical Guide to the Qualitative Dissertation (with Ronnie Casella, Teachers College Press, 2007)
  • Qualitative Research for Education (with Robert Bogdan; Allyn & Bacon, fifth edition, 2006)
  • School Work: Gender and the Cultural Construction of Teaching (Teachers College Press, 1995)
  • Gender and Education (with Diane Pollard, National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, 1993)

Her articles have appeared in numerous journals including Teachers College Record, Qualitative Inquiry, Phi Delta Kappan, and History of Education Quarterly.

“Dr. Sari Knopp Biklen was my mentor, my teacher, and my friend. Her unwavering belief in my ability to succeed laid a solid foundation for my success in the academy,” says Cerri Banks (’00 G’04 G’05 G’06), Dean of the College, Mount Holyoke College. “Sari led and taught by example, challenging injustice through her scholarship and teaching, and her commitment to equity, social justice, and education at the highest levels of excellence was unwavering. This stance and her advice and support gave me the courage to make brave decisions in our profession and in life.”

Prior to her long career at Syracuse University, Biklen was Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Cazenovia College and director of its Women’s Studies program. She also taught public school at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Syracuse, NY; and taught at Hiroshima Buddhist Women’s College and Motomachi High School in Japan. She earned her Ed.D. and M.A. from the University of Massachusetts School of Education in 1973, and a B.A. in English from Earlham College in 1967.

She is survived by her partner in life, Dean Emeritus Doug Biklen (School of Education), their children Noah (Naomi) and Molly (Jason), and two granddaughters, Anika and Nora. In recent years, she and her growing family enjoyed many cherished occasions at the Biklens’ new home in rural Vermont.

Russo, J. (2014, September 18). University Community mourns passing of Professor Emerita Sari Knopp Biklen. Syracuse University News.
Photo provided by Florence R. Sullivan, Ph.D.
In goodreads.com: Sari_Knopp_Biklen.

Sep 212014

XI Congress of Qualitative Research
Date: May 20-23, 2015
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pre-Congress Session: 5th “A Day in Qualitative Psychology”
Date: May 20, 2015

We are excited to announce Dr. Thomas Teo of York University in Toronto as keynote speaker, who is editor of the Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology and editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

The goal of the Day in Qualitative Psychology is to promote, develop, and celebrate progressive qualitative inquiry within psychology and its subfields, and to encourage work, thoughts, and ideas about qualitative psychology as an innovative and non-essentialist discipline.

We invite researchers, practitioners, scholars, instructors, students and all others within subfields of psychology to join us at this event to engage in vibrant and changeproducing conversations. Please come and share your work, thoughts, and ideas about qualitative psychology, and how to build psychology as an innovative and non-essentialist discipline.

Presentation Formats: conversation roundtable, paper presentation, and data playground
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
on date, place, and submission procedure on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/QualPsych.ICQI/.

Please be aware that this conference does not provide electronic equipment, such as computers or projectors. Please feel free to contact the conference organizers for clarification or assistance related to your submission or attendance at the Day in Qualitative Psychology. We look forward to seeing you in May 2015!

Conference organizers:

Michael Kral, (co‐chair), Wayne State University, USA,

Heather Adams, (co‐chair), Trauma & Change Research Group, USA

Cynthia Langtiw, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA

Wen‐Ting Chung, independent, USA

Cesar Cisneros Puebla, UAM Iztapalapa, Mexico

Angelo Benozzo, University of Valle d’Aosta, Italy,

Marco Gemignani, Duquesne University, USA

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Arizona State University, USA

Student organizers:

Carlos Torres, University of Memphis, USA

Katharina A.Azim, University of Memphis, USA

Sep 202014

XI Congress of Qualitative Research
Date: May 20-23, 2015
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Spcial Track during Conference: Digital Tools in Qualitative Research
Submission Deadline: August 15 until December 1, 2014.

Themes include:

  • Digital Tools: What are they (old and new; hybrid or repurposed)?  What are the various and intersecting sub-groups of tools that comprise qualitative research technology? How are they being used?  What constitutes good use?  How do we know?
  • Methodological Quandaries: How are qualitative researchers making sense of the methodological issues raised by the use of digital tools? What methodological tasks are served by the use of new tools? How do digital tools impact the use of different interpretive frameworks?
  • Ethics and Social Justice: What ethical issues do these tools raise? Whom do they help? Whom do they hurt? How is justice or injustice occurring through the use of digital tools in qualitative research?
  • The Literature of and Theoretical Perspectives on Digital Tools in Qualitative Research: How are we theorizing and contextualizing these tools? How do researchers’ affiliation with or critique of these tools shape our communities of practice?

Call Details:

Individual paper (or poster) proposals submissions will be accepted online. The acceptance of your proposal will NOT be influenced by whether or not you submit your proposal to the Digital Tools track. However, the best way to ensure that your submission will be part of this community is to follow these steps:

  1. LOGIN: (or create an account) at http://www.icqi.org/home/submission/ and start the submission process.
  2. SELECT PROPOSAL TYPE: Choose “Individual Paper” or “Poster” if you are submitting individually; choose “Panel” if you are submitting as a group of papers. When possible, we encourage you to submit as a Panel.
  3. SUBMISSION TRACK: Choose the “Digital Tools” TRACK in the window just above your submission title (and then enter the title and abstract you prepared).
  4. TOPIC AREA: Select any TOPIC AREA in the window below your submission abstract (this may help us group similar, individual papers).
  5. KEYWORDS: If possible, include “Digital Tools” as one of your KEYWORDS.
  6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have a preference for associating your paper(s) with one of the themes in this track (Digital Tools, Methodological Quandaries, Ethics and Social Justice, The Literature of and Theoretical Perspectives on Digital Tools), enter the relevant theme(s) in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION window.

More information: ICQI 2015 , http://www.icqi.org/

Updates: Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/DigitalToolsforQualitativeResearch

Questions: Kristi Jackson at DigitalTools@queri.com, 303-832-9502


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 varner@lsu.edu. 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
Website: http://cie.uprrp.edu/congreso/
e-mail: cie.education@upr.edu