Div. 5 will be electing a Section Representative for the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) in 2018. The statement from the candidate is below.

Ballots will be sent out about April 15 and voting will close about June 1. Ballots will be sent to those who are a member, fellow or voting associate (five years or more) in Div. 5 and have SQIP listed as their primary section.

Linda M. McMullen, PhD

Candidate for Section Representative for SQIP

I joined the department of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) in 1980, and have been a full member of the American Psychological Association since 1982. I have been engaged in qualitative inquiry since the late 1980s, and began teaching qualitative research at the graduate level in the early 1990s and at the undergraduate level in the early 2000s. My involvement with the SQIP began when I was asked to serve as a member-at-large of the executive committee in 2012. I subsequently served as president of SQIP in 2015-16. From 2013 to the present, I have co-led SQIP’s Task Force on Undergraduate Teaching and Curricula. The work of the task force has resulted in an online compilation of syllabi of undergraduate courses in qualitative research and a special issue of Qualitative Psychology (SQIP’s journal) on teaching qualitative inquiry at the undergraduate level that will be published in the summer of 2018.

I would be honored to continue my work with SQIP by serving as our section representative to the executive committee of Div. 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods). I am particularly interested in working with colleagues in the other two sections of Div. 5 to advance a more inclusive vision of our discipline that not only ensures space for doing and disseminating qualitative research, but which takes seriously our obligation to educate our students in diverse forms of research. I am convinced that our students are best equipped to be critical consumers and producers of research if they are educated in both quantitative and qualitative approaches.