Research Methods (RM) Call for Submissions


PDW Chair: Kris Byron, Georgia State University,

 The Research Methods Division (RM) invites submissions for professional development workshops (PDWs) at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. PDW sessions will be held between Friday, 7 August and Saturday, 8 August 2020 from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. RM’s goal is to provide developmental workshops that will attract not only members of RM but also members from throughout the Academy. As such, we are seeking sessions that include workshops introducing researchers to specific quantitative or qualitative methods, best practice workshops for methods that are becoming increasingly relied upon, or advanced workshops that appeal to methodological experts. These workshops can take many forms (e.g., tutorials, town hall meetings, breakout sessions, debates, roundtables, or research incubators), as long as they have a clear interactive component and advance the development of Academy members by discussing currently used or state-of-the-art research methods. With this purpose in mind, we also seek submissions that can be co-sponsored by other divisions. Although it is not a requirement, we encourage you to consider the conference theme – 20/20: Broadening our Sight.

RM is looking for quantitative and qualitative methodology PDWs that are relevant for micro, macro, meso, or multi-level applications and can best meet expectations to be interactive, inclusive, innovative, informative, integrative, developmental, and/or challenging. Potential PDW topics include, but are not limited to: “big data” approaches, biometric data collection, construct development, discourse analysis, endogeneity, experimental methods, experience sampling, latent profile analysis, latent change scores, longitudinal design/analysis, meta-analysis, missing data, mixed methods, multilevel modeling, network analysis, neuroinformatics, observational/unobtrusive techniques, panel data, polynomial regression, qualitative coding techniques or software, qualitative interviews, sociometric badges, simulation study methods, and advanced structural equation modeling techniques.

RM will consider PDW sessions that have been popular at prior meetings, but we also seek new proposals. Preference will be given to sessions that will last less than or equal to two hours (with the minimum requested being 1.5 hours), and submitters should be willing to adhere to the time allotment that is awarded. Also, PDW submissions that are clearly research-focused rather than developmental may be better suited for submission to the scholarly program as a symposium.

As a reminder, RM has a recent alternative symposium format for the scholarly program called an Instructional Symposium. These are developmental “how to” sessions with an objective similar to the PDWs. We welcome submissions to this format in lieu of a PDW submission.

PDW submissions should be made through the Academy's Submission Center. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 14 January 2020, at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time). You are welcome to discuss potential PDWs with the PDW Chair, Kris Byron, at before submitting your proposal.