Research Methods Workshops

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The ASHE Research Methods Workshops are intended as a space for ASHE members to engage with and explore cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in ways that center critical methods and inquiry in research. Each workshop will be led by leading scholars in the field and will challenge participants to expand their methodological imagination.

Who should attend:
While the workshops are open to anyone who is interested, the following groups may benefit the most from the content:
  • Graduate students currently preparing for the dissertation (e.g., dissertation proposal stage) or who do not have access to such methodological opportunities at their home campuses
  • Adjunct, clinical, and post-doctoral scholars

Workshop Series Chair
  • Susan Marine, Merrimack College,
Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the workshops. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (202) 660-4106 or


  • Registration fees are:
    • $10 per workshop for Graduate Student Members
    • $20 per workshop for all other current ASHE Member
    • $35 per workshop for Non-Members
  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: One week prior to each event
  • We especially encourage graduate students to contact their program faculty to seek institutional support to attend these workshops. We strongly encourage programs to cover the registration fee for these events, as possible. If additional documentation is needed, please contact ASHE Executive Director Jason Guilbeau at
  • ​All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.

Community College Research Workshop

Friday, October 8 | 1:00am-4:00pm Atlantic/San Juan Time

Community colleges serve as equity-centered campuses supporting enrollment, persistence, and completion for a diverse set of learners. As local, open access institutions, these institutions also reflect the tensions between education for engaged citizenship and workforce development. In the context of shifting dialogues around the purpose of higher education, it is critical to support research and scholarship amplifying the democratic mission of community colleges. Join a set of higher education scholars focused on community college contexts as we present foundational literature on community college, explore methodologies, and engage with the audience to explore cutting-edge inquiries aimed at improving leadership, policy, and practice at community colleges. 


  • Gloria Crisp, Oregon State University
  • ​Lorenzo Baber, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Xueli Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Introductions
  • Brainstorm activity
  • Facilitator presentations: Community college research
  • Break
  • Breakout room discussions facilitated by speakers
  • Facilitator presentations: Moving research forward
  • Breakout room discussions facilitated by speakers
  • Break
  • Think/pair/share
  • Breakout room debrief facilitated by speakers
  • Closing comments

Performance, Visual, and Digital Methods Workshop

Friday, October 15 | 1:00am-4:00pm Atlantic/San Juan Time

If research is to more fully attend to power and coloniality, it will necessitate breakage from onto-epistemological arrangements that privilege methods divorced from subjectivities. That is, research must begin to interrogate and exhume the linkages between perception, praxis, time and space, and the embodied negotiations therein. This session centers interdisciplinarity to transgress rigid logics that undergird educational research methods and explores the practices and behaviors that render subjectivities distant and imperceptible. Specifically, we intend to generate dialogue on the potentialities of visual, performance, and digital methods, and the ethical priorities they call forth, believing that these traditions make way for multivalence and polyvocality in research. In line with the theme for this year’s conference, we explore the points on convergence and explicate nuance in our review and application of these methods in an effort to engender expansive, liberatory considerations for higher education research.


  • Darris Means, University of Pittsburgh
  • Wilson Okello, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Alden Jones
  • Welcome, Introduction of Workshop Facilitators, Goals for the Workshop
  • Introductions in Small Groups
  • Introduction to Performance, Visual, and Digital Methods
  • Advantages and Opportunities associated with Performance, Visual, and Digital Methods
  • Break
  • Praxis: Examples of Performance, Visual, and Digital Methods from Workshop Facilitators
  • Individual Reflection
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Q&A
  • Closing and Overview of Additional Resources

Previous Workshops in 2021:

Reciprocity in Higher Education Research
Friday, August 20, 2021 | 1:00pm-4:00pm Atlantic/San Juan Time

Reciprocity in research is an important component of equity-based inquiry, and one that requires deep attention and care from scholars. Traditional concepts of reciprocity often obscure the ways that whiteness and colonization have infused research, limiting the potential of research to advance liberation. Drawing from Indigenous, critical race nepantlera, and anti-colonial knowledges and methods, this session will enable participants to expand their knowledge of expansive philosophies of what constitutes reciprocity, learn specific practices and approaches that advance it, and be better prepared to apply these approaches to ensure full participation and benefit alongside the communities and individuals whose insights shape our thinking and practice.


  • Susana Muñoz, Colorado State University
  • Nancy Acevedo-Gil, California State University, San Bernardino
  • ​Amanda Tachine, Arizona State University

Utilizing and Teaching Critical Approaches to Quantitative Research

Friday, September 10, 2021 | 1:00pm-4:00pm Atlantic/San Juan Time

In this session, we will advance our understanding of how to utilize and teach critical approaches to quantitative research. We will begin by overviewing the history and evolution of quantitative criticalism in higher education scholarship, followed by a conversation of tensions and considerations within this methodological approach. Participants will then self-select into one of two working groups led by facilitators, one focused on developing and implementing critical quantitative research designs and another on teaching and mentoring critical quantitative scholars.


  • Jay Garvey, University of Vermont
  • Tenisha Tevis, Oregon State University