Assistant Professor


Dr. Elizabeth M. Pope is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the University of West Georgia's department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement. Elizabeth received a BA in Religion, an MA in Religion with a specialization in Islam, a PhD in Adult Education, and the Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies certificate from the University of Georgia, a Research I institution. Prior to her appointment at UWG, Elizabeth worked at the University of Georgia teaching introductory religion classes in the Abrahamic Faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and at Georgia Gwinnett College teaching introductory classes in world religions covering Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. She is involved with numerous professional organizations such as the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Education in the Research of Adults (SCUTREA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Transformative Learning Network (TLN). She currently serves as column editor for the Qualitative Research special interest group of AERA's newsletter on digital technology and qualitative research. Elizabeth's research interests lie in adult learning in interfaith encounters, interfaith studies, digital technologies in qualitative research, and conversation/ethnomethodological analysis of interfaith conversations.

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Religion, University of Georgia, 2009
  • M.A., Religion (Islamic Studies), University of Georgia, 2011
  • Ph.D., Adult Education, University of Georgia, 2017
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Summer 2019 Sections

    • EDRS-6301 (Intro to Research in Human Sci) Section: E03
    • EDRS-8304 (Data Analysis in Educ Research) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9901 (Doctoral Seminar) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E22

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • ECED-8284 (Research Seminar) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9903 (Dissertation Mentoring Sec 3) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9962 (Qualitative Research Methods) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E21

    Fall 2018 Sections

    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E23

    Summer 2018 Sections

    • EDRS-6301 (Research in Education) Section: E04
    • EDRS-6301 (Research in Education) Section: E03
    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E23

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • EDRS-8304 (Data Analysis in Educ Research) Section: E02
    • EDRS-8304 (Data Analysis in Educ Research) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E23

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • ECED-8284 (Research Seminar) Section: E01
    • ECED-8284 (Research Seminar) Section: E02
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E28
  • Publication List

    Roulston, K., Pope, E. M., Paulus, T. M., & deMarrais, K. (2018). Students’ perceptions of learning about qualitative inquiry in online contexts. American Journal of Distance Education, 32(3), 190-201. doi: 10.1080/08923647.2018.1475921 [View Publication]

    deMarrais, K., Moret, L., & Pope, E. M. (2018). “I found a fit”: Doctoral student narratives of coming to a theoretical home in a qualitative research class. International Research in Higher Education, 3(2), 83-98. doi: 10.5430/irhe.v3n2p83 [View Publication]

    Pope, E. M., deMarrais, K., Graham Cagney, A., & Moore, N. D. (2017). International scholarly communities in Fulbright programs. Learning Communities Journal, 9(1), 47-74.

    Pope, E. M. (2017). An exploratory literature review: Exploring the literature on interfaith dialogue. In Woolf, N. H., & Silver, C. (Eds.), Qualitative analysis using ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA and NVivo: The Five-Level QDA method. New York, NY: Routledge.

    Pope, E. M., & deMarrais, K. P. (2017). An intimate ethnography. Book review of A. Waterson’s, My father’s wars: Migration, memory, and the violence of a century. Educational Studies, 43(2), 243-245. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2016.1273762

    Pope, E. M. (2016). On Conducting a Literature Review with ATLAS.ti. Inside ATLAS.ti: The QDA newsletter. Available at: [View Publication]

    Pope, E. M. (2016). Interfaith dialogue and perspective transformation: Promise and possibilities. Proceedings of the 12th International Transformative Learning Conference, USA. Paper available at: [View Publication]

    deMarrais, K. P., & Pope, E. M. (2016). Philanthropy and education policy. Book review of M.E. Tompkins-Stange’s, Policy patrons: Philanthropy, education reform, and the politics of influence. Teachers College Record.