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AOE Project ACCESS: PROJECT ACCES: Foundations of Education Research – How the Odum Institute Can Make Your Scholarship Better

May 3, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Are you a UNC AOE member – whether faculty, director, fellow, or postdoc – who is teaching at UNC and may want to explore scholarship around teaching and learning activities in medical education, biomedical graduate education or training, and scholarship of teaching and learning? Strategizing to design education research that might be presented at conferences or perhaps even be published? Looking to develop methods to gather compelling pilot data for a grant submission? Look no further than the Odum Institute!


The School of Medicine Academy of Educators (AOE) is proud to present a conversation with Odum Institute experts on survey design, quantitative, and qualitative analyses. Our esteemed panelists Jessica Grant and Paul Mihas will provide a broad overview of major types of research design and analysis that they specialize in, and will give us a taste of the expertise and services provided by the Odum Institute that can to help inform our projects – from survey design, to quantitative methods and statistics, to qualitative design and analyses, to mixed methods designs – you will gain an overview of valuable tools you can employ to explore your education research questions and enhance planned and on-going projects. After this brief overview of these foundational methods, newly armed with the resources and expertise at your fingertips through the Odum Institute, our expert panel will field your questions! Bring sticky research questions on planned or on-going education research projects you are working on (or have in mind)!


The Odum Institute for Social Science Research serves as our internal qualitative and quantitative gurus, experienced social science researchers and consultants, and experts in human subjects experimental design, the dream team who can help us enhance our research design and analysis capabilities.


Panelist & Facilitator Bios:


Jessica Grant, MA, is the Assistant Director of Survey Research and Development at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She provides consultation to students, faculty, and staff on designing and managing survey research projects. Prior to joining the Odum Institute, Ms. Grant was a Research Survey Scientist and Administrative Manager in the Public Health and Clinical Research program within RTI International’s Survey Research Division for over 13 years. She received her M.A. in Sociology at Fayetteville State University while working as the Survey Research Center Coordinator at Fayetteville State’s Research Center for Health Disparities. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Ms. Grant offers expertise in quantitative and qualitative modes of data collection including web, mail, CATI, CAPI, paper, SMS/MMS text messaging, cognitive interviews, focus groups, record abstraction, and mixed mode methodologies. She has worked extensively managing survey research projects for federal and state government agencies, universities, private organizations, and foundations.


Paul Mihas, MA, is the Assistant Director of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a senior qualitative analysis consultant at ResearchTalk Inc. and, since 2013, has taught at the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He also serves as faculty at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research and the annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive as well as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. Recent publications include “Qualitative Data Analysis” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods in Education (2019), and “Qualitative Data Analysis” in Research Design and Methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner (2019), and “Qualitative Research Methods: Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis” in the International Encyclopedia of Education (4th ed.). He has contributed 10 methods articles to the online SAGE Research Methods Datasets (2019) on topics ranging from phenomenology to developing a codebook ( He is the former managing editor of Social Forces, a journal of sociology published at the University of North Carolina Press.


Rebekah Layton, PhD, CMC, PCC, serves and the Office of Graduate Education’s Program Evaluation Consultant for biomedical T32 program directors at UNC; she also serves as the UNC SOM OGE Director of Professional Development Programs, and UNC School of Education Associate Professor. Dr. Layton is an active scholar and principal investigator on an NIH R01 Award on graduate education research, and a published author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on biomedical graduate career development, education, and training. Dr. Layton is passionate about improving the academic training environment for graduate and postdoctoral trainees using evidence-based research and data-driven solutions supporting trainee skill development to prepare for fulfilling and exciting careers.






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May 3, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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