Fall 2017 SLA Research Methods Seminar


In Fall 2017, the SLA PhD Program is piloting a new format for introducing new SLA PhD students to research methods: we are combining a somewhat traditional course format with a pro-seminar in which different core SLA faculty will present and discuss some of their own research, through the lens of the methods that they use(d) to carry that research out. The seminar is being led by the advisors of the three new SLA PhD students in 2017-18: Heather Allen, Maggie Hawkins, and Dianna Murphy. Dianna Murphy is also coordinating the seminar. 


All interested SLA majors are warmly invited to join the seminar when “guest” SLA faculty give presentations and lead discussions on their research. We hope that this seminar will give all SLA students the opportunity to learn more about SLA faculty research, and that it will also help to support our goal to foster a collegial, collaborative and supportive intellectual community of SLA researchers on our campus.


Those SLA majors who would like to attend the presentations in the schedule below MUST complete readings assigned by the guest faculty member in advance. PDFs of those readings will be posted to UW Box over the course of the semester. 



The working schedule for presentations that are open to all SLA majors is as follows. The seminar regularly meets from 12:00-2:00 pm on Wednesdays; all guest presentations will be for 1 or 2 hours during that time slot. All seminar meetings are in 206 Van Hise Hall.


Quantitative approaches


  • 1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 20: Dianna Murphy, Language Institute
  • 12:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 27: Catherine Stafford, Spanish and Portuguese
  • 12:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 4: Monika Chavez, German, Nordic, and Slavic


Qualitative approaches


  • 12:00-1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 25: Katrina Daly Thompson, African Cultural Studies
  • Time TBD, Wednesday, November 1: Maggie Hawkins, Curriculum and Instruction
  • 12:30-1:30 pm, Wednesday, November 22: Kate Vieira, English
  • 12:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 29: Junko Mori, Asian Languages and Cultures



  • Time TBD, Wednesday, December 6: Heather Allen, French and Italian


Contact Dianna Murphy with questions!