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How to Succeed in Faculty Roles as a Qualitative Social Work Researcher

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This presentation shows the many ways that qualitative researchers can succeed as faculty members in social work. Specific strategies for the three main faculty roles of teaching, research, and …

This presentation shows the many ways that qualitative researchers can succeed as faculty members in social work. Specific strategies for the three main faculty roles of teaching, research, and services are laid out in a clear and orderly fashion.

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  • 1. How to Succeed in Faculty Roles as a Qualitative Social Work Researcher Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW Professor, School of Social Work University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA Preconference Workshop, International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, IL, May 2010
  • 2. Topics
    • General Principles
    • Succeeding in Faculty Roles
  • 3. General Principles
    • Do not engage in paradigm acrimony
    • Understand various perspectives that differ from your own
    • Remember: Social work is a big tent
  • 4. Faculty Roles
    • Teaching
    • Service
    • Research
  • 5. Teaching
    • Teach research courses
    • Do methods workshops at conferences
    • Gladly be on master’s and Ph.D. committees
    • Mentor
    • Write short pieces for the internet
  • 6. Service
    • Focus your service on qualitative research
    • Convene an interest group
    • Organize lunch meetings on qualitative topics
    • Volunteer to organize panels symposia
    • Welcome guest speaking
    • Participate in local “research days”
    • Seek international service
  • 7. Research
    • Partner with other social work researchers
    • Do the qualitative pieces for large-scale research projects
    • Be willing to work with program officers
      • Do research they want that fits your interests & include topics that suit you, too
  • 8. Research
    • Partner with social service agencies
      • Do research they want that fits
      • with your own research agenda
    • Show how qualitative research contributes to issues of the day
    • Publish articles
    • After a dozen articles, publish a book or more
  • 9. Final Thoughts
    • Qualitative research is exciting to do
    • Fits well with social work principles, such as starting where clients are & person-environment interactions
  • 10. Final Thoughts
    • Fits well with anti-oppressive, critical perspectives
    • Connects researchers to other people
    • Great potential to bring about social change