Qualitative Research Summer Intensive

To celebrate its 15th year, The Qualitative Research Summer Intensive (QRSI) is introducing 7 new classes and 1 new qualitative scholar. This annual 5-day short course series cosponsored by the Odum Institute and ResearchTalk, Inc., will take place at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, July 23-27, 2018.

Course Schedule

Monday - Tuesday, July 23 - 24, 2018Wednesday, July 25, 2018Thursday - Friday, July 26 - 27, 2018
Analyzing Online Conversations: A Research Framework (Trena Paulus)Creating Quality in Qualitative Research (Sarah Tracy)Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Johnny Saldaña)
CBPR - Community-Based Participatory Research: Practical Tools and Structures (Geni Eng, Melvin Jackson, Alexandra Lightfoot, and Jennifer Schaal)NEW! Presenting Qualitative Results to Quantitative Audiences (Alison Hamilton)Making Claims and Building Theory in Qualitative Inquiry (Sarah Tracy)
Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data (Johnny Saldaña)Synthesizing Qualitative Data (Johnny Saldaña)Mixed Methods: Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods and Results (Alison Hamilton)
NEW! Designing and Executing Qualitative Data Collection Projects (Ray Maietta and Alison Hamilton)NEW! Using Qualitative Inquiry to Solve Social Problems (Kevin Swartout)Qualitative Analysis: Using the "Sort and Sift, Think and Shift" Toolkit (Ray Maietta and Kevin Swartout)
NEW! Foundations of Designing, Conducting and Disseminating Mixed Methods Research (Cheryl Poth)Using Social Media, Software, Mobile Apps, and other Digital Tools to Support Qualitative Research (Trena Paulus)NEW! Qualitative Inquiry: Evaluating and Applying Five Approaches (Cheryl Poth)
Writing Effective Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research Proposals (Margarete Sandelowski)NEW! Writing Appealing Qualitative Research Reports (Margarete Sandelowski)NEW! Qualitative Research for Applied Practice (New QRSI Scholar Sally Thorne)
*Participants can choose one course from each section

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Instructor Bios

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Geni Eng, MPH, DrPH, is Professor of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 30 years of CBPR experience including field studies conducted with rural communities of the U.S. South, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to address socially stigmatizing health problems such as pesticide poisoning, cancer, and STI/HIV.

Her CBPR projects include the NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity, the CDC-funded Men As Navigators for Health, the NCI-funded Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study, the NHLBI-funded CVD and the Black Church: Are We Our Brother’s Keeper? In addition to her co-edited book, “Methods for Community-Based Participatory Research for Health,” she has over 115 publications on the lay health advisor intervention model, the concepts of community competence and natural helping, and community assessment procedures.

Melvin Jackson, MSPH, has over 35 years of experience in community engagement, public health research and program coordination. He is a principal partner with The PRIME Collective, LLC, a group of community experts who consults and partners with investigators in how to incorporate principles of community engagement into all phases of research.

The PRIME Collective also provides an avenue for addressing many of the barriers faced around community members engaging in academic research. Jackson is the founding community co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research. He also serves as Community Course Director for the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina, which provides two years of training, networking and skill-development in engaged scholarship to interdisciplinary faculty.

He is a Consultant to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health through its work on the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program. He is also the Public Health Advocacy Coordinator/Local Improvement Advisor with the Alexander YMCA SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) with the Southeast Raleigh Promise Collaborative. The Collaborative is a part of the transformative redevelopment initiative, a community that will become a vibrant and vital link to elementary education, affordable housing, health and wellness, economic opportunity and leadership development in Southeast Raleigh.

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also directs the Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance (formerly CBPR) Core at UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center.

In this capacity, she promotes the use of CBPR and provides trainings, workshops and technical assistance to investigators and community partners to strengthened partnered research approaches. She is co-investigator on multiple studies that use the CBPR approach to address health disparities and advance health equity, including research collaborations with workshop co-presenters Eng, Schaal, and Jackson.

She is passionate about youth engagement and addressing racial inequities in health and education. Her current research focuses on the adaptation of adolescent sexual health interventions for new contexts. She has extensive experience using participatory arts-based approaches, including photovoice, to engage communities and inform intervention development and implementation.

Jennifer Schaal, M.D. completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota and practiced gynecology in a small private practice until she retired in 2006. While in practice she was a clinical investigator for the HERS (Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement) and ERA (Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis) studies and was on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative.

Her committee work included service on the Moses Cone Hospital Institutional Review Board, Ob/Gyn Peer Review Committee, Pharmacy Committee and the Oncology Executive Committee. Dr. Schaal is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), which was organized in 2002.

She served as co-chair of the GHDC for two years and as secretary for 5 years. She is a member of the board of directors for The Partnership Project, the fiscal agent for the GHDC. As a medical-community member of the GHDC, she participated as an interviewer and Critical Incident Technique analyst for the GHDC’s CCARES (Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study). She assisted in the planning, design, implementation and analysis of the “Respectful Prescribing” study, a pilot study for the Community Translational Science Award Grant Application by the UNC Center for Community and Clinical Research.

She has been an active participant in the development and implementation of the GHDC’s Health Equity Training. For the GHDC’s recently completed NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) study she was the community co-lead for analysis and interpretation of focus group data; participated in development and presentations of Healthcare Equity Education & Training; and training and supervising telephone interviewers for ACCURE.

With Dr. Eng and other academic and community partners she has delivered keynotes for University of New Mexico, University of Michigan, and Asia Institute in Cambodia; co-presented scientific presentations at APHA in 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017; co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters; and served as Community Expert for CBPR Charrettes and co-trainer for multiple 2-day CBPR workshops. In addition, she has served on multiple research advisory boards and has been a community partner with other investigators on CBPR projects. She is active with the Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance and is currently a trainer for the Racial Equity Institute based in Greensboro, NC.

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., a 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 Associate Director for Implementation Science 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.

Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 19 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 and Data Collection Camps. At recent Intensives, she has taught courses on qualitative methods in implementation research, 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).

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, (Guilford Press) 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.

Dr. Trena Paulus, Ph.D., is a Professor of Qualitative Research Methods at the University of Georgia. She is author of “Digital Tools for Qualitative Research” (2014, Sage) and “Researching Learning, Insight and Transformation in Online Talk” (2018, Routledge).

Dr. Paulus has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to qualitative research technologies, language-based methodologies for investigating online conversations, and online learning.

She is co-founder of the Digital Tools special interest group at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry and recently co-edited a special issue on the topic for Qualitative Inquiry. Dr. Paulus consults and provides workshops on the use of digital tools, discourse analysis, and online discussions in a variety of research contexts in the U.S. and internationally. She is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti.

Cheryl Poth is a faculty member and award winning instructor in the Centre for Research and Applied Measurement and Evaluation in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this role, she has developed and teaches graduate courses in research methods and program evaluation.

Dr. Poth has an adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and serves as the methodologist on several cross-disciplinary research teams. Her specific research interests include enhancing research quality and collaborative research teams in the fields of education and the health sciences. She is an advisory board member of the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology and fourth president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association.

She currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and editorial board member of the International Journal of Qualitative Methodology and Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. She has recently co-authored with John Creswell on the 4th edition of “Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design” (2017, Sage) which was recently awarded Sage’s Cornerstone Author award and is working on a Mixed Methods Research book with Sage publications (forthcoming in late 2018).

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is the author of “Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time” (2003, AltaMira), “The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers” (3rd ed., 2016, Sage), “Fundamentals of Qualitative Research” (2011, Oxford), “Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage” (2011, Left Coast), “Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind” (2015, Sage), co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for “Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook” (3rd ed., 2014, Sage), and the editor of “Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (2005, AltaMira).”

His most recent book is “Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life,” a new methods textbook with co-author Matt Omasta (2018, Sage). Saldaña’s works have been cited and referenced in over 4,000 research studies conducted in over 120 countries, in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and government and social services.

Saldaña’s research in qualitative inquiry, data analysis, and performance ethnography has received awards from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the National Communication Association–Ethnography Division, the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group, and the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He has published a wide range of research articles in journals such as Research in Drama Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Youth Theatre Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching Theatre, Research Studies in Music Education, and Qualitative Inquiry, and has contributed several chapters to research methods handbooks.

Margarete Sandelowski is Boshamer Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has directed and was 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” (2007, Springer) and “With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility” (1993, University of Pennsylvania), 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 (2013, Routledge); “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 (2011, Sage); “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 (2010, Sage); “Writing the Proposal for a Qualitative Research Methodology Project,” by M. Sandelowski in Qualitative Research 2 (vol. 2), edited by A. Bryman (2007, Sage); “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 (2003, Sage).

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. She was inducted in 2015 into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Kevin Swartout is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology with a secondary appointment in the School Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His research focuses on social influence of harassment and violence, as well as trajectories of violent behavior and victimization across the lifespan. He has received early-career awards from the International Society for Research on Aggression, Southeastern Psychological Association, and Georgia State University.

Dr. Swartout has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and frequently speaks at national and international conferences. He has been a qualitative research consultant with ResearchTalk Inc. for ten years. In this capacity, he has regularly taught short courses on qualitative and mixed methods research as well as qualitative data analysis software. Dr. Swartout frequently serves as a scholar at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps and he is also a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s “Sort and Sift, Think and Shift” forthcoming publication.

Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, DSc(Hon) is a Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada where she has maintained a longstanding program of substantive research in the fields of chronic illness and cancer experience as well as scholarship in the fields of philosophy of science, including the epistemological basis of disciplinary knowledge development in the health fields, and the nature of evidence claims in a complex health policy environment.

She is the author of a body of applied qualitative methodological writing, including “Interpretive Description” (2008, Left Coast) and its second edition “Interpretive Description: Qualitative Research for Applied Practice” (2016, Routledge). She is an Associate Editor for the multidisciplinary journal Qualitative Health Research (Sage) and Editor-in-Chief for a journal that deals with critical scholarship in nursing and health care Nursing Inquiry (Wiley). A longstanding member of the Advisory Board for the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, Thorne also serves on several other editorial boards and she consults and speaks on matters relating to qualitative methods nationally and internationally.

Link to Professor Thorne’s profile page, with research interests, publications and other information in the tabs:

Dr. Sarah J. Tracy is Herberger Professor of organizational communication and qualitative methodology in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She has led over 20 qualitative workshops in a number of international settings in which participants go beyond learning about methods to practicing specific qualitative crafts and analytic techniques.

Sarah created the “eight big-tent criteria” model for excellent qualitative research and is author of “Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact” (2013, Wiley-Blackwell), a YouTube channel called “Get Your Qual On,” and more than 65 monographs. She approaches research from a use-inspired standpoint and endeavors toward creating scholarship that inspires wisdom, compassion, transformation, and well-being.

Publications, an occasional blog, YouTube channel, and more information:




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Daily Schedule

Monday, July 23, 2018, through Thursday, July 26, 2018

  • 9:30AM – classes begin
  • 12:00PM – 1:30PM – lunch
  • 4:00PM – classes end

Friday, July 27, 2018

  • 9:00AM – classes begin
  • 11:30AM – 12:30PM – lunch
  • 3:00PM – classes end

Coffee and tea served at a morning break each day.
Coffee, tea and a snack served at an afternoon break each day.

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Registration and Pricing Details

How to Register

There are two ways to register:

  • Click here to register online
  • Click here to download registration form. Completed forms and payment should be sent to ResearchTalk via email, fax, or conventional mail


Early Registration – Registration and Payment Received by April 18, 2018

  • $250.00 per One-Day course
  • $500.00 per Two-Day course

Standard Registration – Registration and Payment Received by June 25, 2018

  • $305.00 per One-Day course
  • $610.00 per Two-Day course

Registration Notes

  • All payments must be made to “ResearchTalk”
  • Early Registration Pricing:
    • To obtain early registration pricing, full payment, or payment guarantee via organization PO (purchase order), must be received by April 18, 2018
    • If you register before April 18, 2018, and do not pay by April 19, 2017, you will be invoiced at standard registration rates on April 18, 2017
  • Your seat is not officially held until payment is received in full
    • If full payment is not received by July 9, 2017 (the day before courses begin), your registration will be canceled and you will not be able to attend courses

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Venue, Travel Info and Accomodations

Event Venue

The Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Travel Info:

Closest airport: Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU)
RDU Taxi and Rental Car info is available at https://www.rdu.com/ground-transportation/

Primary Hotel for Sleeping Rooms: The Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 933-2001 or 1-800-962-8519
Email: reservations@carolinainn.com

Group Booking Code: 628082
Online reservations reserve rooms before June 22, 2018

QRSI rate: $174.00 (plus tax) per night – plus parking if applicable
NOTE: The QRSI room rate will be available until June 22, 2018, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Secondary Hotel for Sleeping Rooms: Hampton Inn and Suites Chapel Hill/Carrboro

~1 mile from Carolina Inn; scheduled transportation to and from will be provided
370 E Main Street #100
Carrboro, NC 27516
(919) 969-6988

Group Booking Code: QR8
Online reservations reserve rooms before June 29, 2018

QRSI rate: $139.00 (plus tax) per night – plus parking if applicable
NOTE: The QRSI room rate will be available until June 29, 2018, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

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