Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) in the Behavioral, Health, and Social Sciences

Upcoming AMAP Events (Spring 2023)

This semester, our events are mainly focused on a Special Series on Methods Pedagogy (see details under Special Series on Methods Pedagogy). Also, we will have several other workshops and talks (see details under Additional Workshops and Talks). 

Special Series on Methods Pedagogy 

This AMAP Special Series, supported by a Teaching Leadership Award from Purdue Teaching Academy, along with the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), will open a conversation across campus for instructors and mentors to share wins and failures, and gain new strategies for effectively teaching methods both in courses and in one-on-one mentoring or consulting arrangements.

Everyone is welcome to attend this exciting series!

We especially invite you to participate if you are a student who may find yourself teaching a methods or statistics course in the future, if you teach methods or data analysis informally through one on one meetings with your students or peers, or if you are an instructor who teaches research methods or a quantitative or qualitative methods course!


Jan. 27 (Fri)


How do you teach a short workshop on methods? Tips, tricks, and other advice from experience (Workshop, WALC 2124)

Dr. Trent Mize, Associate Professor of Sociology and AMAP Core Faculty

Abstract: Effectively teaching methodology requires translation from methodologists to applied researchers. We have all been a part of a course or a workshop -- whether as a student or instructor -- where this did not go well. The goal of this workshop is to discuss effective strategies for creating your own methodology courses and workshops. I will pay particular attention to one-day workshops of the type that AMAP offers every semester (e.g., that AMAP certificate students teach as a capstone experience) -- though most of my advice should apply to any methodology course as well.

During the workshop I will share my experience and strategies for teaching methodology courses and workshops. The focus will be practical advice you can use in your own teaching and/or when designing your own courses and workshops. I will provide template materials and many examples from mine and other's teaching you can adapt for your own work.

*Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Feb. 17 (Fri)


A discussion on techniques for teaching methods in the classroom and/or through mentored research projects (PMU East Faculty Lounge)

The panel of AMAP faculty:

Dr. Shawn Bauldry, Associate Professor of Sociology and AMAP Core Faculty

Dr. Robert Duncan, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and AMAP Core Faculty

Dr. Laura Schwab Reese, Assistant Professor of Public Health  and AMAP Core Faculty

Dr. Christie Sennott, Associate Professor of Department of Sociology and AMAP Affiliated Faculty

*Reception, join us for wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks to discuss best practices and new ideas in methods pedagogy (4-5pm). The reception will feature a networking event – standing tables with key topics (Which software should I use?; Pros and Cons of students bringing data, providing data, or collecting data as a class; Alternatives to the classic PowerPoint lecture) 

** AMAP community, do you have other ideas? Email us at and we’ll incorporate them into the event!**

Mar. 10 (Fri)


A graduate student perspective on methods instruction: Feedback from a survey of graduate students (Brown Bag, WALC 2124)

Dr. Kristine Marceau, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science and AMAP Core Faculty

AbstractAt this meeting, Dr. Marceau will give a brief presentation of the survey results. The majority of the time will be spent reflecting on the findings as a group, and generating and discussing novel ideas in methods instructions leveraging noted strengths to come up with novel solutions to noted weaknesses. 

*Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Mar. 28 (Tue)


Teaching research design and methods: Emphasizing critical thinking over data (Brown Bag, UNIV 103)

Dr. Anthony Fowler, Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

*Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Apr. 7 (Fri.)


Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve Vaisey

Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Duke University; Director, Worldview Lab; Director, Code Horizons; Instructor, Statistical Horizons

Contract teaching: Q&A about what it is, how to get into contract teaching, and Statistical Horizons

Lunch Discussion with Dr. Steve Vaisey (12-1pm, WALC 2124)

* Join our listserv and we will send out the RSVP link for the lunch discussion. Lunch will be provided.

How common is opinion change? Evidence from a 17-wave panel dataset

Public Lecture by Dr. Steve Vaisey (3-4pm, PMU West Faculty Lounge)

AbstractIn recent years, cultural sociologists have developed methods for modeling individual change using panel data. These methods are able to distinguish persistent change from temporary change. Analyses using these methods are generally consistent with the position that most cultural change comes through cohort replacement rather than people changing their minds. One limitation of these analyses, however, is that they rely on "short panels" -- repeated measures of only 3 or 4 waves. In this paper, I use a longitudinal dataset with 17 waves collected two weeks apart in the United States in 2020 to model the extent of individual-level changes in beliefs and opinions. The results show that although some measures are changing at the individual level (e.g., views on gay adoption) most core political beliefs (e.g., party identification, left-right identity, abortion views) are stable within persons. I discuss the implications of these findings for models of cultural change at the macro level.

*Reception, co-sponsored with Innovation Hub, join us for wine, beer, soft drinks, snacks, and discussion. The Innovation Hub will have a table with information about collaborative and funding opportunities of interest to AMAP faculty. (4-5pm, PMU West Faculty Lounge)

Additional Workshops and Talks 


Feb. 3 (Fri)


Qualitative research in health sciences: Benefits, approaches, limitations, and ethical considerations (Workshop, WALC 2124)

Elizabeth Kielb, PhD Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies and AMAP Certificate Student

Carlyn Kimiecik, PhD Candidate in Public Health

*Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Feb. 8 (Wed)


Innovating Talent Management through Research & Advanced Analytics (Brown Bag, WALC 3138)

Dr. Chuck Keil, Chief of the Predictive Analytics and Modeling Research Unit at ARI

*Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Mar. 21 (Tue.)


Potential Synergies Between AMAP and the CLA Research Academy: Connecting to Methodology Experts for Research and for Grants (Roundtable Discussion, Brown Bag, BRNG B243)

Dr. Brian C. Kelly, Professor of Sociology and AMAP Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Trenton D. Mize, Associate Professor of Sociology and AMAP Core Faculty

*Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided

Apr. 11 (Tue)


Education research opportunities and capacity building through Purdue’s Innovation Hub (Brown Bag, UNIV 103)

Dr. Edward Berger, Professor of Engineering Education, Director of the Innovation Hub, and AMAP Affiliated Faculty

Abstract: In this talk, we will introduce research and education opportunities through Purdue’s Innovation Hub that expand the community of researchers using advanced quantitative methods for education research.

 *Snacks, desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.