*The QualLab is open virtually for Fall semester and the space will open in a few weeks (once new furniture arrives). For consultations, please contact us at quallab@osu.edu.

Autumn Semester 2021 hours starting August 16th, 2021 are T-TH 9-4 pm est

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Let Us Introduce You To The QualLab Team:

Dr. Penny Pasque teaching a research course

Dr. Penny A. Pasque (she/her) is a professor in Educational Studies and Director of Qualitative Methods & QualLab in the Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC), College of Education and Human Ecology. Her research addresses complexities in qualitative inquiry, in/equities in higher education, and dis/connections between higher education and society. She “works with” qualitative methodologies as well as “studies” qualitative methodologies that work toward social justice and educational equity. Pasque’s research has appeared in approximately 100 journal articles and books, including in The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Diversity in Higher Education, among others. Pasque is editor of The Review of Higher Education (with Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird). RHE is considered one of the leading research journals in the field and is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Bakari Lumumba, Graduate Research Associate, and Ph.D. Student

Bakari Lumumba (he/him) is a dynamic higher education professional who is a third-year doctoral student in the higher education student affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University.  He has a passion for diversified experiences in academic and student services with a passion for student success and development. Skilled in student engagement, academic advising, retention and success, community conduct and standards, student development, strategic planning, and supervision. His research interest are 21st century Pan-Africanism, Black misandry in higher education and the use of Black Critical Theory (BlackCrit) as a construct to engage and combat anti-Black racism. His favorite quote is,

“If you lack confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life, but if you have confidence you have won the race before it has even begun!!!!” — Marcus Garvey

Bakari supports QualLab’s work through research methods consultations and co-coordinating events alongside Dr. Pasque.

Rhodesia McMillian (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of educational polic and a nationally certified school psychologist. She serves as QualLab’s NVivo expert. Utilizing critical methodologies and theories, she is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research bridges K-12 education reform law, education policy, elementary and secondary educational governance, special education law, and sociology. Dr. McMillian’s primary scholarship investigates how federal, state, and local education policies impact the educational experiences of students of color and students with disabilities, as well as the ways in which educational disparities persist in k-12 public education.


Chelsea Gilbert (she/her) is an educator, scholar, and activist committed to critical, transformative research, pedagogy, and praxis. She is a second-year PhD student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program and is particularly interested in critical approaches to trauma and trauma-informed practices in higher education settings. In her role with QualLab, she supports consultations as well as the Advanced Methods Institute.              


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