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The Qualitative Report
Fourth Annual Conference

Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
January 18 - 19, 2013

Sponsored by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Complete Conference Program

Conference Theme:
Qualitative Research and Technology

The first qualitative research technology were the researchers themselves. As the primary instrument qualitative researchers used their human senses to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel the world around them. Through these channels researchers generated data and then used their cognitive abilities to make sense of the qualities represented by this data. As qualitative research progressed, the beginnings of new technologies could be seen in the enterprise. Pencils and paper in the field and typewriters in the office led to handheld devices on location and qualitative data analysis programs in the clouds. All along this evolutionary pathway, these technologies not only help researchers perform their instrumental duties, but also helped the change the nature of these acts themselves to the point that the prominence of the qualitative researcher as main instrument in qualitative research may be called into question by the dominance of technological advancements.

Qualitative researchers are not alone in these challenging encounters with technologies in their everyday lives. Each of us in our daily activities can observe the greater and greater place technology plays in how we live, work, and play. Discovering how we utilize these technologies, how we experience them, and how we enact change with them are all wonderful areas in which we as qualitative researchers can engage our inquiries.

At TQR2013, we want to explore technology and the qualitative researcher by featuring works of and on qualitative inquiry that exemplify the presence of technology in life and in our research about this technology-infused state-of-living. To this end we encourage prospective presenters to submit their paper and paper panel proposals that will inspire conference attendees to consider technology's ubiquity in all its forms. Be it in business, education, government, healthcare, recreation, and home life, we are interested in studies which such a focus. We are also very interested in presentations on the application of new technologies in the practice and performance of qualitative research. As always, we are also open to receiving creative presentation forms and content especially those proposals incorporating technology in effective and creative ways.

The call for submissions is now closed. Over the next few weeks we will share more details about TQR2013 including our first call for posters and exhibitors.

Opening Plenary Address
Dr. Sharlene Janice Nagy Hesse-Biber

Hesse-Biber Picture Sharlene Janice Nagy Hesse-Biber is Professor of Sociology and the Director of Women's Studies & Gender Studies Program at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She has written widely on methodological and methods issues, including the role of technology and emergent methods in social research. She is the editor of the Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research (Oxford University Press, 2011), co-editor of Emergent Methods in Social Research (Sage, 2006) and Handbook of Emergent Methods (Guilford, 2008), author of Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice (Guilford, 2010), and co-author of The Practice of Qualitative Research (2nd Edition, Sage Publications, 2010). Professor Hesse-Biber is co-developer of the software program HyperRESEARCH, a computer-assisted program for analyzing qualitative data, and the new transcription tool HyperTRANSCRIBE. In addition to her work on social science methodologies, Dr. Hesse-Biber is an award-winning scholar for her research regarding the impact of sociocultural factors on women's body image, including her book, Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity (Oxford University Press, 1996), which was selected as one of Choice magazine's best academic books for 1996. She also authored The Cult of Thinness (2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2007) and edited Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis (2nd Edition, Sage Publications, 2012) and Feminist Research Practice: A Primer (2nd Edition, Sage Publications, 2012, forthcoming).

Closing Plenary Address
Dr. Natalie Hanson

Hanson Picture Natalie Hanson (http://www.nataliehanson.com) has been working and researching at the intersection of business strategy, technology, social science, and design for nearly fifteen years. She serves as Associate Principal for User Experience at ZS Associates, a management consulting company. At ZS Associates, Dr. Hanson's team provides user research, user-centered design, and User Interface (UI) development for the company’s cloud-based solutions and UX support for client engagements. She is responsible for identifying emerging trends from market data, executive messaging, and user experience research, and using those insights to create and execute innovative and pragmatic programs aligned with firm strategy. Prior to her current position, Natalie worked 13 years for software company SAP in a variety of User Experience and operations management functions. In 2002, Natalie founded a listserv called anthrodesign (http://www.anthrodesign.com). This active online community is composed of nearly 2500 members worldwide that are interested in engaging in dialogue about cross-disciplinary collaboration, with a particular focus on the use of field research (ethnographic) methods in the business context. Natalie'’s research explores the ways in which institutions respond to macro-economic, industry, and regional trends, and how those organizational changes affect the lives of employees. Her dissertation focused on traditional management practices (HR, Finance, Marketing) as well as emergent practices like self-management (in the tradition of Foucault) that are critical for corporations to control their increasingly mobile and remote workforce. Natalie received her AB in Religion and Biblical Literature from Smith College, her MA in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle, and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Mobile Qualitative Research: Exploring Clouds and Apps Workshop
Dr. Ron Chenail

Ron Chenail PictureRon Chenail is Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Professor of Family Therapy, and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Since 1990, Dr. Chenail has served as the editor of The Qualitative Report and from 2005-2011, he also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. In addition he is an editorial board member of Qualitative Research in Psychology and Qualitative Social Work; and Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Health. Dr. Chenail is a Member Scholar with the University of Alberta's International Institute for Qualitative Methodology and an Associate with the Taos Institute. He has written over 120 journal articles, book chapters, and books, given over 170 conference presentations, and secured and worked on grants and contracts totaling over $700,000. His books include Medical Discourse and Systemic Frames of Comprehension, Practicing Therapy: Exercises for Growing Therapists (with Anne Rambo and Anthony Heath), The Talk of the Clinic: Explorations in the Analysis of Medical and Therapeutic Discourse (with Bud Morris), and Qualitative Research Proposals and Reports: A Guide (with Patricia Munhall). In this three-hour, hands-on workshop, Dr. Chenail will help participants explore the latest cloud-based resources and smart phone / tablet applications for qualitative researchers to conduct mobile research. For a preview of some of the apps Dr. Chenail will demonstrate, please visit our Mobile and Cloud Qualitative Research Apps Page.

TQR2013 Presentation Materials

Plenary Address: Humanizing Business Technology by Natalie Hanson

Workshop: Mobile Qualitative Research: Exploring Clouds and Apps by Ron Chenail

Presentation: Emerging Technology Tools for Qualitative Data Collection by Julie Kimbler, Diana Moore, Manon Maitland Schladen, Bruce Sowers, and Marti Snyder

Handout: Emerging Technology Tools for Qualitative Data Collection by Julie Kimbler, Diana Moore, Manon Maitland Schladen, Bruce Sowers, and Marti Snyder

Presentation: How Has Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software Affected Qualitative Research? by Megan Woods, Rob Macklin, and Gemma Lewis

Presentation: Recursive Frame Analysis by Ron Chenail

Presentation: Ethnography Supports Changes to Student-Centered Instruction by Mary Ann Sprague and Maryann Fuhrmann


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Previous Conferences

The Qualitative Report Inaugural Conference Materials

The Qualitative Report Second Annual Conference

The Qualitative Report Third Annual Conference

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Nova Southeastern University publishes The Qualitative Report, a peer-reviewed, weekly open access journal. Subscription to TQR is free-of-charge. To unsubscribe please email your request to TQR at tqr@nova.edu.

Nova Southeastern University is also home to the online Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research.

For more information, please contact Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D.
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