Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker")*

Meeting Date:  December 2 (Thurs.), 2010, 4:30-6:00 PM, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall, Duquesne University

Facilitators:  Dr. Maria Piantanida, Dr. Matthew Schneirov, and Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers
Bio:  Maria Piantanida, Ph.D., is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Matthew Schneirov, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology in McAnulty College at Duquesne University.  

Lisa Lopez Levers, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education, in the School of Education at Duquesne University. 

Title: "The Impact of IRBs on Qualitative Research"
AbstractDenzin and Lincoln (2005) have stated the following: "Between federal imperatives for how research projects should be designed and IRB scrutiny and disapproval of nonconventional forms of inquiry, qualitative research is undergoing radical challenge. The stark politicization of research and its methods no doubt poses the gravest threat to qualitative researchers that has been seen in the past half century" (pp. 175-176). We wish to facilitate discussion of such challenges to qualitative research design and begin to construct legitimate pathways toward adequately meeting external review expectations without compromising methodological rigor and ethos.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy,, 412-396-6507, or access the CIQR website, .

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University.  It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University.  It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).