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Dr. Pasque (she/her) is / I am Professor of Educational Studies in the Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) program, affiliate in Philosophy, History, & Policy (PHP). In addition, I’m the Founding Director of the QualLab and Director of Qualitative Methods in the Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC), College of Education and Human Ecology. I am also editor of one of the leading research journals in the field, The Review of Higher Education, which is the primary journal for the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Learn more on my bio page here.

My research advances complexities in qualitative and post-qualitative inquiry in order to tangibly address the worlds “wicked” problems across fields and disciplines. I focus on critical qualitative approaches, critical advocacy inquiry (CAI), congruency throughout a research design (no matter one’s paradigmatic perspective or methodological approach), and beyond. In other words, I study qualitative (non)methodologies and methods that work toward social justice and educational equity. I also utilize qualitative approaches in research projects. In the area of higher education organization and policy research, I focused on in/equities in higher education and dis/connections between higher education and society (i.e., higher education for the public <-> private good). Learn more about my scholarship here, including a seminal ASHE Report on critical qualitative research, handbooks, encyclopedias, journal articles and books.

In addition to directing Qualitative Methods for the College of Education and Human Ecology and directing the college’s QualLab, a qualitative methodology center. In this role, I serve the college as a consultant, sounding board, and/or instructor to help strengthen the research designs of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. I also teach qualitative research methods and serve as the Department of Educational Studies’ ESQUAL Program Coordinator – information on the curriculum is here. Learn more about my teaching here.

I also advise master’s and doctoral students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the Department of Educational Studies.

I’ve transitioned from assistant, associate, full, endowed professor prior to creating my qualitative research center at Ohio State. I am an ACPA Diamond Honoree (award) and an ACPA Senior Scholar (award & elected for 4 years of service) – huge honors in the field! If you are a current advisee or are interested in working with me, you can find more information and resources here.

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If you need my full title or address – it is:
Penny A. Pasque, PhD (she/her)
Professor & ESQUAL Program Coordinator, Educational Studies
Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) | Philosophy, History, & Policy in Education (PHP) (affiliate)
Director, Qualitative Methods
Director, QualLab ~ EHE’s qualitative methodology center
Office of Research, Innovation, & Collaboration
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University
339-341 Ramseyer | 29 Woodruff Ave |Columbus, OH 43210
pasque.2@osu.edu / 614-292-9348 | u.osu.edu/pasque.2/

Editor, Review of Higher Education, rhe@ashe.ws