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Research director named

Davis &?Elkins College welcomes Lindsey Graham

October 17, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Lindsey Graham, instructor of sociology at Davis & Elkins College, recently has been appointed to serve as the college's director of institutional research.

"I'm delighted to serve as the director of institutional research at D&E, and grateful for the opportunity to be able to do this important work at the college level," Graham said. "I'll also be teaching students, in some ways, about what I'm doing."

In her new role, Graham will collect, analyze, report and warehouse both quantitative and qualitative data specific to D&E.

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"It's a broad category of work done at all colleges and universities," Graham said. "The information is used for campus decision making at all levels."

Some of the information, such as responses to this semester's survey on new student orientation programs, is used within the college. Other data, including institutional prices, enrollment, and institutional human and fiscal resources, is required for reporting to national agencies such as Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Overall, various parts of the information she gathers will be used in the current academic year "to see how we can improve and prepare for accreditation." Graham also has plans for other projects throughout the school year. Among these is the formation of an institutional review board made up of faculty members, students and community members who will review research proposals in order to safeguard the rights of research subjects.

Graham has an extensive background in research, which includes co-authoring an ethnography that focuses on residents of a transitional homeless shelter. She also has worked as a research consultant for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the United Methodist Church.

A native of Kingwood, Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and a master of divinity and master of theological studies in religion, personality and culture from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University. She has completed further graduate study in sociology of religion at Drew University.

She began teaching sociology and religion at D&E in 2010, and has taught courses in Appalachian Studies, Race, Gender and Social Inequality, and Research Methods and Data Analysis.

More information about the college is available at or 304-637-1243.



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