The Institutional Review Board of New England College, chaired by Dr. Carlton Fitzgerald, approved this dissertation project on September 20, 2017.
This project will serve as the dissertation for Brian Edwards and may be used for future publications. Please feel free to share this study with folks you feel would also be interested in sharing their experiences.
This study seeks to explore and document the essence of what it is like to be an LGBTQ center practitioner, establish a foundation in the literature upon which further studies can be built, and provide much needed visibility for LGBTQ center practitioners in higher education.
Phase 1: the submission of this electronic consent form and a short, demographic questionnairePhase 2: the submission of a personal/career autobiography and resume/CVPhase 3: participation in a 90- to 120-minute in-depth interviewPhase 4: participation in a potential follow-up interview
After you have provided consent by signing and submitting this electronic form, you will be provided with a link to complete the demographic questionnaire. Individuals who do not meet the selection criteria or who are not selected to move forward in the study will be informed through electronic mail at the email address submitted on the form. Those selected to participate in the study will be contacted by phone and/or email so that the researcher may answer any additional questions about the study. Upon confirmation of participation, the in-depth interview will be scheduled at your convenience.
Recruitment is expected to take place in early 2018 with interviews concluded by mid-June of 2018. Because this is a national study, all interviews will be conducted using electronic video conferencing programs like Zoom or Skype so that data collection will be uniform. For this reason, participants will be required to download those programs prior to the interview. This method of data collection will hopefully provide more flexibility for participants, as well.
The researcher will remove or disguise information that he feels should either remain confidential or might be perceived as potentially damaging. The key used to match the names of the participants with their pseudonyms will be kept in the student investigator’s password-protected personal MacBook in a password-protected Excel file. The audio/video files from the individual interviews will be destroyed after transcripts are completed and verified for accuracy. All textual data collected during this study will be stored for seven years, after which will be destroyed. Electronic data will be stored on the student investigator’s password-protected personal MacBook and paper files will be stored in the student investigator’s home in a locked filing cabinet.
Student Investigator: Brian Edwards, M.S.Ed. Pronouns: he, him, his, they, them, their100 Brookhaven DriveGlastonbury, CT 06033Phone: 917 776-2025Email: BEdwards_GPS@nec.edu
Faculty Advisor: Eric Ramsey, Ph.D.Pronouns: he, him, his6135 Collis Center, Suite 217Hanover, NH 03755Phone: 603 646-6979Email: email@example.com
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