Drexel to Host Mixed Methods International Research Association Regional Conference
May 28, 2015
Although it was only formally developed in 2013, the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) was in the making for almost 10 years. Influential professionals in mixed methods research had been attending various international conferences when they decided to create their own international association. MMIRA now hosts one international conference every other year and regional conferences on the opposing years.
This year’s regional conference will take place on June 19, hosted by Drexel’s own Nancy Gerber, PhD, Director of the PhD Program, and Joke Bradt, PhD, an associate professor, both in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies.
Gerber has been involved with the organization both as a member of the Interim Board of Directors and as Chair of the Program Committee for the first International Conference in Boston in 2014. She and Bradt were inspired by the Boston conference to host a regional conference at Drexel and to bring the conversation on mixed methods to the Drexel community.
“People who attend the conference can expect to learn more about mixed methods research and be able to expand their knowledge surrounding the topic and start a dialogue surrounding the topic” Gerber said. They can expect to learn more from professionals and be able to network with members of the association. The conference can create research opportunities for attendees and provide them with chances to learn and discuss information about mixed methods research.
John Creswell, PhD, the President of MMIRA, will be the keynote speaker. Creswell is one of the most productive authors, teachers, and researchers in mixed methods. His presentation will reflect on the historic evolution of mixed methods research, which will provide information about the development of research ideas. There will also be presentations given by other mixed methods professionals who are currently conducting research in mixed methods. The presenters’ speeches will address the mission of the conference and provide a high quality program.
The conference is open to anyone who is interested in learning about mixed methods research. It will offer a diverse, comprehensive and informative program, which is supported by a welcoming and creative community. “One thing that has always struck me about mixed methods researchers and the conference is that the community is open to new ideas and has a commitment to mentoring those who want to learn more about mixed methods.” Gerber said.
Those interested in attending can register online at http://drexel.edu/cnhp/academics/continuing-education/Health-Professions-CE-Programs/MMIRA-conference/.