Qualitative Inquiry Circle (QUIC)

The Qualitative Inquiry Circle (QUIC) is a social and intellectual circle of graduate students with interest in qualitative inquiry, specifically inquiry that has the intent of advocating for social justice.

We foster community, spur networking, and provide space for the critical discussion of qualitative epistemologies, theories, methodologies, methods, analyses, and representations. We also encourage discussion concerning professional development and the consideration of the thesis/dissertation process, teaching portfolios, recommendation letters, job applications/interviews, research/teaching presentations, peer emotional support, and mentorship. Finally, we come together to share ideas, give critique, and gain support for individual qualitative thesis/dissertation research development and completion.

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education

Meeting Format

QUIC meets one Friday each month from 6-9pm (TBA)

  • 6-7pm We enjoy each other's company, eat dinner, and get to know one another
  • 7-8pm Students discuss their progress and pose questions concerning individual research projects
  • 8-9pm One student (to be decided during our first meeting each Fall) presents her/his research at length and is given intensive feedback by the circle members.

Current Members


Alison Happel-Parkins, Ph.D. & Susan Nordstrom, Ph.D.
Qualitative Coordinators

Student Members:

Sara Benson, Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research
Research Interest: Colorism

Alyssa Dominique Nucaro, Instruction & Curriculum Leadership
Research Interests: Democratic Classroom Management and Culturally Relevant Teaching

Wesam M. Salem, Instruction & Curriculum Leadership
Research Interests: Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Methods Course, Mathematics Identity

Holly Staggs, Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research
Research Interests: Critical Disability Theory

Crystal White, Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research
Research Interests: Critical Race Feminism, Adolescent and Young Adult Development, Sexual Identity Development, Social Media Literacy, Hip Hop Literacy, Motivation, Qualitative Research Studies, African-American Identity Studies (e.g., African-American Women in Higher-Ed and African-American Romantic Relationships


Although housed in the College of Education, students throughout the University of Memphis who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Must be engaged in qualitative research
  • Must be in/have completed EDPR 7/8561 (B or above)
  • Must commit to attend five of six monthly meetings
  • Must commit to one 1-hour presentation each academic year

QUIC is limited to ten members per academic school year.

To apply to QUIC, please submit a personal essay to Dr. Happel-Parkins (aahappel@memphis.edu) or to Dr. Susan Nordstrom (snnrdstr@memphis.edu) addressing the following questions:

  • · What are your current research interests or current qualitative projects?
  • · How will you benefit by participating in QUIC?
  • · What will you contribute to QUIC? How will others benefit from your participation?

Please submit your essays during the months of August or January.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alison Happel-Parkins or Dr. Susan Nordstrom.