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Dr. L. Earle Reybold
PhD, The University of Georgia
Research Methodology

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Phone: (703) 993-9174
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2203
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. L. Earle Reybold (PhD, University of Georgia) is a professor of qualitative research methods in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member with the Higher Education Program. Dr. Reybold’s research examines faculty identity and epistemology, professional ethics, and qualitative research methods. She has co-edited two books and published a number of articles in journals across the fields of adult and higher education, human development, and qualitative inquiry. Her current research focuses on faculty disability and institutional response.

Research Interests

Faculty identity, professional epistemology, professional ethics, qualitative research, faculty disability, adult learning, adult development

Recent Publications

+Reybold, L. E., & Konopasky, A. W. (n.d.) “Unbecoming a vampire faculty” and other tales of disability in the professorate: Challenging and re-establishing professional identity. Manuscript submitted for review.

Rybicki-Newman, M. P., & Reybold, L. E. (n.d.). Soundtracking: method(ological) development via intuitive feminist inquiry. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Rybicki-Newman, M. P., & Reybold, L. E. (2020). Soundtracking: method(ological) development via intuitive feminist inquiry. Online Paper Repository for the 2020 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Hiller, S. E., & Reybold, L. E. (2019). Naturalists’ perspectives of adolescents as citizen scientists. In S. E. Hiller, & A. Kitsantas (Eds.), Enhancing STEM motivation through citizen science programs (pp. 131-163). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Halx, M. D., & Reybold, L. E. (2019) Undergraduate critical thinking: Permitted, prompted, or pushed? Journal of General Education, 66(3-4), 114-135. doi: 10.5325/jgeneeduc.66.3-4.0114

Reybold, L. E., Matson, K, & Daley, H. (2018). Reclaiming triangulation in qualitative research: From sailors and surveyors to social scientists. Online Paper Repository for the 2018 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Reybold, L. E., & Halx, M. D. (2018). Staging professional ethics in higher education: A dramaturgical analysis of ‘Doing the Right Thing’ in student affairs. Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 43(4), 273-287. doi: 10.1007/s10755-018-9427-1

Reybold, L. E., Rodick, W. H., & Konopasky, A. W. (2016) Institutional interpretation of faculty disability: Policy analysis of the Americans with Disability Act in Virginia. Online Paper Repository for the 2016 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.Konopasky, A. W., & Reybold, L. E. (2015). Accessing the world: Adult literacy educators’ metaphors for learners and learning. Journal of Transformative Education, 13(3), 239-258. doi:10.1177/1541344615579514

Maxwell, J. A., & Reybold, L. E. (2015). Qualitative Research. In J. Wright, (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 19, pp. 685-689). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Reybold, L. E., & Halx, M. D. (2015). Staging professional ethics in student affairs: A dramaturgical analysis of “Doing the Right Thing.” Online Paper Repository for the 2015 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.

Reybold, L. E., Konopasky, A. W, Trepal, H., & Haberstroh, S. (2015). Negotiating the practitioner-faculty dialectic: How counselor educators responded to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 40(3), 229-245. doi:10.1007/s10755-014-9307-2

Muccio, L. S., Reybold, L. E., & Kidd, J. (2015). Researcher-portraitists: An exploration of aesthetics and research quality. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 16(1), 1-24. Retrieved [date] from

Perry, N., Reybold, L. E., & Waters, N. (2014). “Everybody was looking for a good government job”: Occupational choice during segregation in Arlington, Virginia. Journal of Urban History, 40(4), 719-741. doi: 10.1177/0096144214524341

Reybold, L. E. (2014). The irony of ethics: (De)Coding the lived experience of women and minority faculty in education. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(2), 92-105. doi:10.5430/ijhe.v3n2p9.                         

Reybold, L. E., Lammert, J., & Stribling, S. M. (2013). Participant selection as a conscious research method: Thinking forward and deliberation of ‘emergent’ findings. Qualitative Research, 13(6), 699-716. doi:10.1177/1468794112465634

Reybold, L. E., & Halx, M. D. (2012). Coming to terms with the meaning of interdisciplinarity: Faculty rewards and the authority of the discipline. Journal of General Education, 61(4), 323-351.

Reybold, L. E., Brazer, S. D., Schrum, L., & Corda, K. (2012). The politics of dissertation advising: How early career women faculty negotiate access and participation. Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 37(3), 227-242. doi:10.1007/s10755-011-9200-1

Reybold, L. E., & Corda, K. W. (2011). In service to the academy: Faculty identity and the ‘lesser role.’ Journal of the Professoriate, 5(1), 121-148.

Reybold, L. E. (2009). Faculty ethics: Ideal principles with practical applications. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 36, 375-381.

Reybold, L. E., & Alamia, J. J. (2008). Academic transitions in education: A developmental perspective of women faculty experiences. Journal of Career Development, 35(2), 107-128.

Reybold, L. E. (2008). Practitioner-faculty dialectic: Balancing professional identities in Adult Education. Journal of Adult Development, 15, 140-147.

Reybold, L. E., Halx, M. D., & Jimenez, A. L. (2008). Professional integrity in higher education: A study of administrative staff ethics in student affairs. Journal of College Student Development, 49(2), 110-124.

Reybold, L. E. (2008). The social and political structuring of faculty ethicality in education. Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 32(5), 279-295.

Reybold, L. E., Flores, B., & Cortez, M. (2006). Dueling epistemologies? Implementing a critical model of faculty preparation in teacher education. The Professional Educator. 28(2), 1-11.

Reybold, L. E., & Johnston Polacek, G. N. L. (2006). A critical perspective of health empowerment: The breakdown of theory-to-practice in one Hispanic subculture. Journal of Family and Community Health, 29(2),153-157.

Halx, M. D., & Reybold, L. E. (2005). A pedagogy of force: Faculty perspectives of undergraduate critical thinking capacity. Journal of General Education, 54(4), 293-315.

Reybold, L. E. (2005). Surrendering the dream: Early career conflict and faculty dissatisfaction thresholds. Journal of Career Development, 32(2), 107-121.

Reybold, L. E. (2003-2004). Faculty socialization and the emergence of research ethos in Education. Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning, 2(1), 18-32.

Reybold, L. E. (2003). Pathways to the professorate: The development of faculty identity in Education. Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 27(4), 235-252.

Reybold, L. E. (2002). Pragmatic epistemology: Ways of knowing as ways of being. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 21(6), 537-550.

Reybold, L. E. (2001). Knowing through culture: Epistemological development as redefinition of self. International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 3(2), 1-17.

Reybold, L. E. (2001). Encouraging the transformation of personal epistemology. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 14(3), 1-16.

Reybold, L. E. (2001). TV411 and the transformation of self. Focus on Basics, 5(B), 41-42.

Reybold, L. E. (2001). Constructing a personal model of research: Academic culture and the development of professional identity in the professorate. Proceedings for the Conference on Research on Research Ethics (Office of Research Integrity). Bethesda, MD.