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Research Consultants

Overview

Research consultants are available during Fall and Spring semesters to conduct workshops and offer individual consultations related to qualitative and quantitative research projects and theses, grant proposals, instrument design, data analysis and more. Consultants are available for faculty, staff, and students.

Qualitative Consultant:  Dr. Jonathan O’Brien

Quantitative Consultants:  Dr. Bita Ghafoori and Dr. Cara Richards-Tutor

What Kind of Support Can Students, Staff and Faculty Expect?

  • Workshops on both qualitative and quantitative research design, analysis and tools
  • 30-60 minute 1:1 consultations on:
  • Ideas for design and analysis in preparation of research projects, instrument design, theses and grant proposals
  • Methodology plans for research projects, theses and/or grant proposals
  • Conducting data analysis procedures after data collection
  • At the discretion of the consultant, limited pre-meeting review of portions of written proposals, thesis chapters, or articles

What is Beyond the Scope of the Consultants’ Work?

  • Running statistics and/or conducting analyses for a student or faculty member
  • Writing any portion of theses/projects, research papers or grant proposals
  • Reading and commenting on full proposals, chapters, IRB applications, etc.
  • Instrument development (consultation and feedback will be provided on general design)
  • Teaching foundational quantitative and qualitative research principles, analysis techniques, etc.

Steps for Students, Staff and Faculty Working with a Consultant (Fall and Spring only)

  • Complete the relevant diagnostic form to start the process of working with a consultant:
    • Qualitative   
    • Quantitative
  • Your consultant will advise you on details for scheduling your appointment
  • Bring with you to the meeting:
  • Any directions you have (a rubric, RFP, etc.) related to research design
  • Your research questions
  • Your outline for a portion of your written work and/or a written component of the project
  • Specific questions about the project