NSU to host qualitative conference

The fourth annual Qualitative Report’s two-day conference will be held Jan. 18-19 on the main campus to help researchers produce and improve qualitative research. The conference is affiliated with The Qualitative Report, an online journal, and is sponsored by NSU’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This year’s theme is “Qualitative Re-search and Technology.”

NSU faculty and graduate students, along with dozens of national and international scholars and researchers will present at the conference. There will also be an NVivo qualitative data analysis software workshop, eight panel discussions, and over 60 paper presentations. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days, in which participants will also have networking opportunities.

Candace Lacey, professor in the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education, said, “I am looking forward to meeting with researchers, educators, and students from around the world. It is one of the few opportunities during the year when qualitative researchers can come together to share, support, and learn in a collegial and nurturing environment.”

Ron Chenail, professor of family therapy in SHSS, said, “[Participants] can get some ideas on how to conduct their own qualitative or mixed-method research. They can learn some of the latest software applications and hardware tools to collect interview, field observations, and online activities. They can also connect with local and world-wide researchers. They can also learn how to become more involved in the TQR Community here at NSU.”

The plenary speakers will introduce conference participants to the latest methodological developments, and the paper and panel presenters will share innovative methods and results from their research. The conference will focus on the newest advancements in the use of technology to conduct and report qualitative research, and will explain how qualitative research has been used to study the role technology plays in personal and professional lives.

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, professor of qualitative research methodology at the University of Florida and one of the conference’s presenters, said that TQR may benefit NSU by “creating visibility to the university, an opportunity to showcase the work of NSU faculty and students, and networking.”

Chenail said, “We host some of the most popular qualitative research web pages social networking sites in the world, we publish one of the oldest online qualitative research journals,     and we offer a totally online graduate certificate in qualitative research.”

Lacey added that, “The Qualitative Research Conference showcases NSU as an institution that values and supports research.”

The conference is open to all university students, faculty, researchers,  professional research companies and organizations and the entry fee is $150 person.  All participants must register by Dec. 23 at https://www.nova.edu/webforms/ tqr/index.html.

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