Posted on March 29, 2022 by Amanda Cerreto

March 30, 2022 - UTSA's Department of Social Work is proud to present an informative session for faculty and students on building a community-engaged research agenda.

As part of the College for Health, Community and Policy's (HCaP) Signature Project on community-engaged research, the event aims to provide support to faculty and graduate students who wish to develop skills - and a research agenda - that is community engaged and utilizes qualitative methodologies.

Speakers from across disciplines and institutions will discuss their experience in the field and provide tips and tricks for students and instructors to use. The panel includes Nalini Negi , Ph.D., associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; Deborah Parra-Medina , Ph.D., director of the Latino Research Institute and professor of Mexican American & Latina/o studies at the University of Texas at Austin; and Amy Stone , Ph.D., professor of sociology and anthropology at Trinity University.

These three scholars come from a diverse range of disciplines, but have two important characteristics in common: they have all utilized qualitative methods in their research and successfully obtained funding to support this research. The objective of this panel is to give these three scholars a platform to share the lessons they learned on the path to building a funded, qualitative, and community engaged research agenda.

Community engaged research is a mutually beneficial partnership between scholars and the community that results in innovative scholarship and improving community conditions. Qualitative methodologies aim to gain an in-depth understanding of specific community, individual lived experiences, or actions that create a shared reality.

"The modern reality is that scholars need to build a funding agenda to obtain tenure within research intensive institutions," said Candace Christensen , associate professor of social work at UTSA. "Qualitative and community engaged research is time, energy, and resource intensive which amplifies the need to obtain funding to support this type of research."

The panel takes place on April 6 at 10:00am CT and is virtual, free and open to the public. Join the Zoom meeting here.

— Amanda Cerreto