Georgeanna Robinson

Room 101
1127 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Georgeanna Robinson

Associate Director of Qualitative Research

Offices, Departments, or Centers: Community Partnerships, Planning, & Research ,

Georgeanna collects and analyzes qualitative data to help the College understand the lived experiences of the campus community. She conducts interviews and focus groups on a range of topics related to campus life and academic pursuits, compiling multiple experiences and viewpoints into metanarratives, contextually rich themes that can inform decision-making, and empirical data to support a broad range of initiatives.

Georgeanna has conducted research on faculty careers, clinical and translational research education and careers, competency-based education, and inter-professional education. She has published 10 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Academic Medicine and The Clinical and Translational Science Journal, and has served as a peer reviewer for multiple journals. As the Assistant Director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Georgeanna also developed and led faculty and pre-faculty career development programs, and served as the assistant director for the PhD program in Clinical and Translational Science.

Georgeanna earned her BA(Hons) and MA in Japanese Studies from Cambridge University, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation was entitled "Identity Work and Sensemaking by Faculty Approaching Tenure." She has taught doctoral-level courses in qualitative research methods for the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Skills and Interests

  • Qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, ethnographic observation)
  • Facilitating student success through greater understanding of experiences
  • Uncovering campus culture
  • Thematic analysis
  • Faculty careers

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