QRSI 2016 Instructor Bios

Kathy Charmaz

Kathy Charmaz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University. In the latter position, she leads seminars for faculty to help them complete their research and scholarly writing. She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including two award-winning books, Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis and Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time.  The considerably expanded second edition of Constructing Grounded Theory recently appeared as did a co-edited Sage Publications four-volume set, Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis with senior editor, Adele Clarke. Her co-edited volume with senior editor Antony Bryant, The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory, appeared in 2007. Professor Charmaz is a co-author of two multi-authored methodology books, Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry, which came out in 2011 with Guilford, and Developing Grounded Theory: The Second Generation, a 2009 publication with Left Coast Press.  She has also published numerous articles and chapters on the experience of chronic illness, the social psychology of suffering, writing for publication, and grounded theory and qualitative research. Professor Charmaz has served as President of the Pacific Sociological Association, President and Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honorary for sociology, editor of Symbolic Interaction, and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. She has received the Feminist Mentors Award and the George Herbert Mead award for lifetime achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. She lectures and leads workshops on grounded theory, qualitative methods, medical sociology, and symbolic interactionism around the globe.

Alison Hamilton

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., an Associate Research Anthropologist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, received her Ph.D. in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2009.

Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the VA-funded EMPOWER (Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), focused on improving women Veterans’ health and health care through implementation science. She is a Research Health Scientist and Director of the Qualitative Methods Group at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves on the editorial boards of Implementation Science and Women’s Health Issues. She currently leads two HSR&D-funded women’s health studies, including a four-year mixed methods study of women Veterans’ attrition from VA healthcare use and a multisite study of improving multilevel stakeholder engagement in women’s health services research.

Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 17 years, providing direct support to clients as well as serving as faculty for several of the Qualitative Research Summer Intensives and mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. At recent Intensives, she taught courses on rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, mixed methods research, and enhancing the usefulness of qualitative research. Dr. Hamilton is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication.

Ray Maietta

Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D. is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Long Island, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers.

More than 20 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and a current methods book he is writing:

  • “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell, in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (Sage Publications, 2002)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America, 2006).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (Social Science Research Council, 2008).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (Sage Publications, 2008).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (Sage Publications, April 2008)
  • “The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in Minority Research Engagement”, co-authored with Craig S. Fryer, Susan R. Passmore, et al., in Qualitative Health Research, March 13, 2015 (Sage Publications)
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift, in progress.

Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is an active participant at conferences around the country including invited presentations at American Evaluation Association, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.

Paul Mihas

Paul Mihas is a senior social research associate specializing in qualitative research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, he regularly advises graduate students and faculty on qualitative methods, software, and strategies for analysis. He is the former managing editor of Social Forces, a journal of sociology published at the University of North Carolina Press. As a qualitative analysis consultant with ResearchTalk (since 2001), Mihas has lectured on qualitative methods and strategies for analysis at several universities, including the University of Puerto Rico, Howard University, and Temple University. He has also served as faculty at the annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. His interests include memo writing as a stand-alone method; his current research focuses on cancer survivors and metaphors for illness and the body. Mihas received an M.A. (1989) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Mihas is a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication.

Trena Paulus

Dr. Trena Paulus, Ph.D., is a Professor of Qualitative Research Methods at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She is author of Digital Tools for Qualitative Research (Sage Publications, 2014, with Jessica Lester and Paul Dempster.) Dr. Paulus has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to qualitative research, language-based methodologies for investigating online conversations, computer-mediated communication and online learning. She teaches courses and advises graduate students on qualitative research methods, digital tools for qualitative research, analysis of online data, and discourse analysis. She is a founding member of the Microanalysis of Online Data international network and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry’s new special interest group on Digital Tools for Qualitative Research. She is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti and an Affiliate of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication at Indiana University. She regularly consults and provides workshops on the use of digital tools in a variety of research contexts in the USA and internationally. She is currently working on a methodological text on analyzing online conversations for evidence of learning.

Johnny Saldaña

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at Arizona State University where he taught from 1981 to 2014. He has been involved in the field of theatre education as a teacher educator, drama specialist, director, playwright, and researcher. Saldaña’s research methods in longitudinal qualitative inquiry, ethnodrama, and qualitative coding and data analysis have been applied and cited by researchers for over 1,200 studies conducted in over 90 countries in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, the fine arts, human development, sociology, psychology, business, technology, government, social services, health care, and medicine.

Mr. Saldaña is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change Through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003), a research methods book and recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division; Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005), an edited collection of ethnographic-based plays; Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011), an introductory textbook; Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011), a playwriting primer for performance ethnography and recipient of the 2012 American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award; The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, 2nd ed. (Sage Publications, 2013), a handbook on qualitative data analysis; Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications, 2015), a reader on epistemologies for inquiry; and the third edition of the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman’s Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (Sage Publications, 2014). He is currently at work on revised editions of Fundamentals of Qualitative Research and The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers; and, with co-author Matt Omasta, a new research methods textbook for Sage Publications, Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life.

Margarete Sandelowski

Margarete Sandelowski is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She directs and is principal faculty in the summer programs in qualitative and mixed-methods research offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning at the School of Nursing. She has published widely in refereed nursing, interdisciplinary health, and social science journals (e.g., Field Methods, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Health Research, Research in Nursing and Health, Social Science and Medicine) and anthologies in the domains of gender and technology, and qualitative and mixed-methods research (both primary research and research synthesis). Her works have been translated into Spanish and Japanese.

Among her books are Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research (Springer, 2007) and With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993), which was awarded the 1994 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. Among her book chapters are “Synthesizing Qualitative and Quantitative Research Findings,” by M. Sandelowski, C.I. Voils, J. Crandell, and J. Leeman in Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research, edited by C.T. Beck (Routledge, 2013); “On Quantitizing,” by M. Sandelowski, C.I. Voils, and G. Knafl in Sage Quantitative Research Methods: Vol.1. Fundamental Issues in Quantitative Research, edited by W.P. Vogt (Sage Publications, 2011); “Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Conducting Mixed-Methods Intervention Studies in the Health Sciences,” by M. Song, M. Sandelowski, and M.B. Happ in Sage Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research (2d ed.), edited by A. Tashakkori and C. Teddlie (Sage Publications, 2010); “Writing the Proposal for a Qualitative Research Methodology Project,” by M. Sandelowski in Qualitative Research 2 (vol. 2), edited by A. Bryman (Sage Publications, 2007); “Tables or Tableaux? Writing and Reading Mixed Methods Studies,” by M. Sandelowski in Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research, edited by A. Tashakkori and C. Teddlie (Sage Publications, 2003).

Dr. Sandelowski has been awarded as Principal Investigator four 5-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health in the qualitative and mixed-methods research domains. She has served on NIH and other grant review panels, and contributed to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research Working Group that resulted in the 2011 Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences.

Kevin Swartout

Kevin Swartout is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focuses on violence and aggression, specifically how it relates to social influences and substance use, as well as trajectories of violent behavior and victimization across time. He was a recipient of the 2010 Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression. Dr. Swartout has published several peer-reviewed articles and frequently speaks at national and international conferences. He has been a qualitative research consultant with ResearchTalk Inc for over eight years. In this capacity, he has regularly taught short courses on mixed methods and qualitative software, including workshops at ResearchTalk and Temple University’s “Planning for Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Software Integration.”  Dr. Swartout has also served as a scholar at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps.

Mark Vagle

Mark D. Vagle is associate professor and associate department chair in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. He conducts, and teaches doctoral seminars focusing on, phenomenological research. In addition, Vagle teaches courses on qualitative research methodologies, as well as philosophies, theories, and teaching practices that inform the schooling of elementary students. Currently, Vagle is using what he has termed post-intentional phenomenology to critically examine various ways in which issues related to social class take concrete (lived) shape in the curriculum and pedagogies of elementary education. He has published his work widely in journals such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Field Methods, and Curriculum Inquiry–and his book, Crafting Phenomenological Research was published by Left Coast Press in 2014.