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About trenapaulus

research methodologist & technologist, currently in Poland

Young Linguists’ Meeting in Poznań

I had the privilege of delivering the opening plenary at the Eighth Congress of the YLMP over the weekend.

The audience had many great questions at the end and I enjoyed the event a great deal. Two doctoral students requested mentoring sessions with me, and I was invited to provide a 90 minute ATLAS.ti workshop on Sunday. The opportunity to meet scholars from all over the region and learn about their research was an invaluable opportunity.

If you haven’t already, check out this upcoming Ohio State University workshop:

Join us for this year’s Advanced Methods Institute, a virtual conference sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Education & Human Ecology focusing on Advancing Qualitative Inquiry toward Innovation, Equity, Diversity, & Justice from June 7-9, 2023! Registration is open to the public.

Presentations and publications and workshops, oh my

I can’t believe that my time here in Poland is halfway over. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of giving the lecture at the TechMedComm inaugural meeting. It was the first chance I had to present the findings of our analysis of the final OSCEs for the communication skills for health professionals course, and the talk inspired a variety of questions and great discussion. I was also able to accompany the group to the medical school’s simulation lab and tour the facility and observe how they run their OSCEs.

Last week I gave my lecture as part of the Distinguished Professor series and shared the current work we are doing around reflexivity and digital workflows. David was still here for his visit, so it was nice to have him in the audience as well.

The introduction and some of the articles in our special issue on digital workflows Qualitative Inquiry are now available online first. It was such a pleasure to co-edit this issue with Dr. Jessica Lester, who was here visiting in Poland last month, and to work with all of these authors.

Sage has put together a glimpse of the digital workflows segment that I filmed last year for their methods collection. I have not had the courage to watch it myself yet…but hopefully it is relatively coherent.

May and June will also be busy. I will be presenting one of the plenaries and a workshop at the Young Linguists’ Meeting in Poznan. Dr. Lester and I will also be presenting a workshop at the Ohio State University’s QUALLAB’s Advanced Methods Institute in June.

And, of course, I have been enjoying taking Polish classes, eating a lot of amazing food, hosting visitors, and traveling a bit around the country. (For more on those adventures, visit my personal blog.)

The time with Fulbright Poland has begun

The research team was really excited to see these study findings out in this open access journal. I’ll be presenting this research (co-authored with Alicia Williams, Rick Hess, Jessica Nina Lester and Hebah Al-Khateeb) at the Young Linguists Meeting in Poznan in May as part of my Fulbright Association work.

I’ve settled in nicely here in Poznań and enjoyed visiting Gdańsk for the Fulbright mid-year meeting. It was my first time to see the Baltic Sea. A visit to the European Solidarity Centre/Europejskie Centrum Solidarności is highly recommended.

Visiting researcher at the University of Innsbruck

I am on my way home after spending a few days in Austria as a visiting researcher in the doctoral college #OrganizingtheDigital at the University of Innsbruck.

This doctoral college, created in 2018, features faculty researchers and PhD students from the management program and other disciplines around campus. The aim of the doctoral school and its grounding in organization theory, media- and communications studies, consumer culture theory, labour market and general management theories is to bridge and transcend multiple digital phenomena in society. The emphasis on digital relations, digital publics and digital societies represents its transversal perspective on digital dynamics.

Methodologically, the doctoral college takes a multi-method and inter-disciplinary lens and advances conceptual research, experimental, qualitative, and interpretive studies, as well as related quantifications and network analyses of digital texts, visuals, and behavioural patterns of digital relations, publics, and societies.

Every winter term, the doctoral college invites researchers with particular knowledge and expertise in digital phenomena for a short methods course. This year I had the pleasure of being the featured scholar and facilitating an intensive three-day digital research methods course for a small cohort of Ph.D. students on “Analyzing Online Conversations: A Research Framework.” I also gave a public lecture on the topic, “Creating Digital Qualitative Research Workflows.”

Innsbruck was a stunning location for this experience, and I am now even more excited for my semester in Poland next year!

Last chance for creating digital workflows & a new workshop coming in October!

We are offering our Creating Digital Research Workflows workshop online for a final time on September 16 – you can find details and a link to registration here.

We are excitedly working on a new workshop, Creating Transcription Workflows for Recorded Qualitative Data, that will be fully online via Indiana University on October 14. More details here.

Hope to see you there!

Creating digital research workflows

Since the book came out, Jessica and I have been working on a few ways to expand our arguments. One is through the idea of “creating digital research workflows” as part of research methodology and reflexivity. We are currently co-editing a special issue with Qualitative Inquiry on how methods impact digital tools and spaces, and vice versa.

We recently gave our first workshop on this topic, hosted by The Qualitative Report. Forty participants signed up and we had an amazing days of conversations around the consequences of integrating digital tools and spaces into our studies. We are working on designing future workshops.

Shortly after that I visited with the Digital Scholarship & Communications and Digital Commons communities at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University to share tips on choosing qualitative data analysis software and a lecture on creating digital workflows. It was amazing to be back in-person talking with colleagues about these topics.

Here’s a chance to listen to our conversation about the book with Dr. Pengfei Zhao on the New Books Network, and I will be sharing tips about choosing data analysis software later this month for the Challenges & Affordances of Qualitative Methodologies series at Adam Mickiewicz University. Join us!