HDFS faculty member Elizabeth Sharp has typically conducted her research on women’s singlehood and transition to marriage either through in-depth qualitative interviews or quantitative analysis of survey attitude scales. Either way, there is some sort of verbal expression from each participant, whether a telling of her life story or selecting “strongly agree” regarding some opinion. In collaboration with a colleague from the arts, however, Dr. Sharp has found a new modality for expressing her research participants’ views of singlehood, weddings, and marriage — dance! Dr. Sharp has shared transcripts of her qualitative interviews with Theatre and Dance faculty member Genevieve Durham DeCesaro and other choreographers, who converted the verbal text into dance movements. The result is a performance titled “Ordinary Wars.” This website summarizes the collaboration between Elizabeth and Genevieve, and includes embedded YouTube videos of the performance. Along with the performance, the fruits of this project have included grant funding, journal articles, and a book contract.
Monthly Archives: May 2013
Some developments from our faculty:
- Jeff Wherry’s Children’s Justice Act grant application, “Training in Evidence-Based Assessment of Abused Youth,” has been approved for funding, it was just announced. Dr. Wherry is Principal Investigator and will serve as the primary trainer in this online training and supervision project. Over 200 licensed professionals across the entire state of Texas will receive training and supervision using a variety of online technologies. This training in assessment of abused children will result in better treatment for this population in Texas.
- Alan Reifman was quoted in this USA Today article about parents’ relationships’ with their emerging-adult (age 18-29) children.
- Du Feng, who spent 17 years with us on the HDFS faculty, announced that she will be moving to the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. With her background in quantitative psychology, Du taught many of our statistics courses and applied advanced analytic techniques to research topics such as intergenerational processes in families and (in collaboration with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center) evaluation of childhood obesity-prevention programs. We will miss her and we wish her the best.