Spring Spotlight on Qualitative Research

Temple University Libraries has an exciting lineup of qualitative research-related workshops and events this semester! See the full list and register here.  

Staff members from the Libraries offer help with qualitative data, analysis, and QDA software and tools. Learn more about our support for qualitative research on the Libraries’ website.  Keep reading to learn more about the events we have planned this semester to bring together qualitative researchers at Temple. 

What’s Love Got to Do with It? Qualitative Research and Social Justice  

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:30 pm 

In person at Charles Library and streaming via Zoom 


Join us for the keynote presentation of Love Data Week, with Temple University Department of Criminal Justice Associate Professor and qualitative researcher Dr. Jamie Fader. 

Most researchers learn from our earliest training about the importance of objectivity in our work. As scholars attempting to analyze the social justice movements of our time, however, we may also ask whether love may inform our research in meaningful ways. Dr. Fader will discuss the role of love (e.g., empathy, humanity, and connectedness) in qualitative social research and make the case that both validity and equity can be served by drawing on love as a research tool. To make the case love should be a component of our research toolkits, Dr. Fader will draw on her research on justice system-impacted Philadelphians.

Dr. Jamie Fader

Jamie Fader is a sociologist, book author, and ethnographer in Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice. Her research examines the lived experience of criminal legal system involvement, especially on members of vulnerable communities, such as adolescents, boys and men of color, and LGBTQ emerging adults. Her upcoming book On Shifting Ground: Constructing Manhood on the Margins was published by the University of California Press in December.  

Ethically Sharing Qualitative Data  

Thursday, February 15, 12:30-1:30 pm 

Online via Zoom  


This online workshop, presented by the Qualitative Data Repository Associate Director Dr. Sebastian Karcher, will address the ethical and logistical challenges of sharing qualitative research data. 

In 2022, the US government announced stringent requirements for data sharing for all recipients of federal grants. The requirements have been in place for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants since early 2023 and have just been announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 2025. These new requirements pose challenges to qualitative research, where data has, in the past, rarely been shared. In this workshop, Dr. Karcher will discuss some of the ways to address the ethical and logistical challenges of sharing qualitative research data. Attendees will learn practical, hands-on strategies to facilitate both responsible research and data sharing spanning the entire course of research: research design, informed consent, documentation, and data publication.  

Dr. Sebastian Karcher

Sebastian Karcher is the Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository and Research Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University. His research focuses on research transparency, management, and curation of qualitative data and the intersection of digital technology and scholarship. The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) is a dedicated archive for sharing qualitative and multi-method research data and is hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, a unit of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Learn more about Temple’s QDR membership on the Libraries’ QDR guide.  

Join us for other online workshops on qualitative data analysis this semester, taught by members of Temple Libraries’ qualitative research support team: 

ATLAS.ti for Qualitative Data Analysis  

Fri, February 9, 10-11am Online via Zoom  

Register for ATLAS.ti 

NVivo for Qualitative Data Analysis  

Thu, March 21, noon-1 pm Online via Zoom  

Register for NVivo 

QualCoder for Qualitative Data Analysis  

Tue, March 26, noon-1 pm Online via Zoom  

Register for QualCoder 

Codebook, Coding, and Reporting in Qualitative Data Analysis  

Fri, April 5, noon-1 pm Online via Zoom  

Register for Coding and Reporting