Member Spotlight: Cheryl Poth

Cheryl PothTAA Member Cheryl Poth is an Associate Professor of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Methods at the University of Alberta and both a textbook and academic author in the education discipline.

Her most recent publication is the 4th edition of Qualitative inquiry & research design published by Sage.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a Mixed Methods textbook.

Share a recent accomplishment.
I was recently awarded a research fellowship to complete the research underpinning a new book proposal that is under review that will begin April 2018. John Creswell and I were awarded the Sage Publications Cornerstone Author Award, Qualitative inquiry & research design (4th ed.)

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
I read a lot of textbooks in search of authors who can convey complex ideas in a way that is accessible. Some of my favourite authors in my fields of program evaluation and mixed methods research are Michael Quinn Patton, John Creswell, Sharlene Hesse-Biber, and Donna Mertens – they are all very skilled writers!

What is your best TAA experience so far?
I attend and listen to a lot of webinars – whenever my schedule allows I attend the ‘live webinars’ but when it does not work out I listen to a lot of the recordings. I always take away something new!