Teaching Fellows Needed for J-Term Course in Qualitative Research Methods for Undergrad and Masters Students

November 22, 2010


We are looking for several advanced doctoral students interested in co-teaching a new J-term, non-credit course on qualitative research methods during the week of 17-22nd January 2011.  The course will prepare undergraduate and Masters students to conduct field research in the United States and abroad. This course, which is designed for students without prior qualitative research training, welcomes students from all of Harvard’s Schools. It is offered by the Interschool Faculty Project on Qualitative Social Science @ Harvard http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/qualitative, in collaboration with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. 

This intensive course is coordinated by Professor Natasha Warikoo, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, who can be reached at Natasha_warikoo@gse.harvard.edu.  It will cover five core topics: (1) research design; (2) interviewing; (3) ethnography and archival research; (4) data analysis; and (5) ethical considerations in fieldwork.  Doctoral students will lead morning lectures as well as smaller sections of students in the afternoons.  They will also read and comment on written work produced during the course of the week.

Teaching fellows must have significant qualitative research experience and an excellent teaching record.  Candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV to: Breean Fortier at bfortier@iq.harvard.edu.  The letter should describe previous research and teaching experience, and indicate the core topics on which you would be qualified to lecture.  Your advisor should also submit a brief letter of support in which s/he comments on your past teaching experience and other relevant personal aptitudes.

Because of the imminent start date, please send materials as soon as possible, but no later than 6th December.  Because the course will be planned in December and January, teaching fellows will need to be available for planning meetings the week of 13th December and the week of 10th January. 



Conducting Qualitative Social Science Research

This course will prepare undergraduate and master’s students for field research towards a thesis, and is designed for students with little or no prior qualitative research training.  Over 5 intensive days we will cover five core areas: (1) research design; (2) interviewing; (3) ethnography and archival research; (4) data analysis; and (5) ethical considerations in fieldwork.  The course will consist of a two-hour morning lecture or large group discussion and a two-hour practicum in the afternoon that focuses on students’ own projects and preparation for field research. There will be daily assignments and readings.  By the end of the course, students will have foundational skills in using qualitative research methods to study their particular

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