COEHS Faculty Scholars Lecture April 5; Lecturer Is Mixed Methods Research Expert
March 22, 2011
MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will present the first annual COEHS Faculty Scholars Program Lecturer early next month. Established in Fall 2010, the COEHS Faculty Scholars initiative not only recognizes the College's faculty members for their excellence in the area of research and scholarly publication, but it also is intended to foster an environment conducive to high-caliber research.
The inaugural lecturer, honoring the 2010-2011 COEHS Faculty Scholars, is John W. Creswell, professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Creswell's area of expertise is qualitative methodology and mixed methods research, and he will deliver his COEHS Faculty Scholars Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre. The event is open free to the public and a reception will follow Creswell's presentation.
According to Nick DiGrino, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Creswell is the author of 10 books, many of which focus on research design, qualitative research and mixed methods research.
"Dr. Creswell also served as the founding co-editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Currently, as a senior Fulbright Fellow, he is working in South Africa to bring mixed methods research concepts to documentaries about AIDS victims and families," DiGrino noted.
Creswell has published articles on mixed methods research in such peer-reviewed publications as Annals of Family Medicine, Journal of Counseling Psychology and Field Methods. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln for more than 30 years. In 1998, Creswell received that university's Distinguished Teacher Award via the Teachers College. He was also recognized by Sage Publications for his international book contributions, including his 2003 research methods reference book, "Research Design" (second edition).
More information about the COEHS Faculty Scholars initiative -- which, last fall, recognized 10 faculty in the College for their contributions to WIU and their respective fields via their research (see www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=8413) -- is available by contacting Dana Moon, COEHS director of marketing and community relations, at (309) 298-1690 or via email at DM-Moon@wiu.edu.