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Faculty Consultation Services

IIRDA is providing the following information so faculty researchers will know what to expect and what is expected of them when using IIRDA’s consultation services.

Assistance we can provide

The purpose of consultation is to assist and teach faculty so that you will be able to complete your research on your own. There are two varieties of consultation: E-mail and Appointment.

IIRDA staff can provide the following types of assistance:

  • Selection and explanation of appropriate statistical analyses
  • Limited in-person assistance with data analysis
  • Sound design of empirical quantitative studies
  • Writing good survey items, measurement issues
  • Software recommendations
  • Conducting example analyses using various software packages
  • Interpretation of results
  • Information about analysis/statistical/research design resources
  • Developing web-based surveys
  • Advice on managing data at project completion
  • Graduate students who have questions regarding master’s theses or doctoral dissertations may make an appointment through their advisor; the advisor must attend the session.

Individual consulting is limited because of demand for IIRDA services. Requests are based on a first-come, first-served basis and on the number of individual consultation hours a party has already received.

Assistance we cannot provide

  • Individual consultation cannot be provided to students who are not working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation or non Texas State University faculty. Graduate students working with a faculty member on a research project that is not a student research project may attend the session with the faculty member.
  • Data processing or data cleaning labor (although we can advise on these).
  • While our intention is not to accrue co-authorships, academic ethics of co-authorship apply (see Responsible Conduct of Research); unless co-authorship or other arrangements are made, we cannot perform analyses in your absence or write up results for you. Similarly, should we apply standard statistical techniques in a novel or creative way, or develop new techniques for your work, co-authorship may be appropriate.
  • Help with work that falls outside your faculty duties (e.g., if you are working as a paid consultant or contractor).

Email Consultation

E-mail assistance may be requested through iirda@txstate.edu. Most email queries will be responded to within one business day. Emails that come in over the weekend will be answered on Monday in most cases. While it is feasible to answer fairly straightforward questions via e-mail, longer questions and questions requiring longer answers are better suited to walk-in or appointment consultations. You

Individual Consultation Appointments

Appointments can be made with IIRDA staff by emailing iirda@txstate.edu. Please provide the following information: a short explanation of the type of assistance you are seeking, a brief overview of your project, availability (provide 2-3 choices), department, rank, and email address.

Please contact us immediately if you need to cancel an appointment.

We also provide assistance with the preparation of research proposals seeking funds from external sponsors. Please click here to learn more about how to request this support.