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

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 ActionTE@ilstu.edu.

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 http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/tabid/10063/Default.aspx.

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 http://www.aera.net. 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