The primary purpose of this workshop is to improve research. Everyone is welcome to participate, including those who do not have a specialized knowledge on the topic at hand. In fact, some of the best comments may come from those who know nothing about the topic or who are from different academic disciplines or the broader community.

Workshop papers are not presented, but they are written and then made available on this webpage a week prior to the workshop. At the beginning of the workshop session, the author may take 10 minutes to briefly contextualize their work. A brief introduction should also be included in an introductory page to the written work.

Following this brief introduction the workshop is open for comments, critiques, and questions. The first 3 comments should be made by people without PhDs. Since the purpose is to improve research, critics should not aim to impress those present with their intelligence by disparaging the author. Critics should provide constructive criticism (i.e., not solely pointing out weaknesses and problems in the paper, but also providing potential solutions). Even in papers that have many issues, the discussion should be collegial, respectful, courteous, and aimed at improving the research.

2 Finger Rule

To make a comment or question, workshop participants raise their hand and are added to a queue. The discussion leader calls on these participants in the order that they are seen. In this instance, the participant that is called on may ask one question or several questions at once.

Another way to intervene in the discussion is if a participant has a brief comment directly related to the discussion at hand. To make this comment, the participant raises two fingers. Once called on, the related comment should be made in less than 30 seconds. Intervening with 2 fingers does not alter a participant’s position in the regular queue.

After the Workshop

Following the workshop, which is scheduled for an hour and a half, everyone is invited to go downtown Athens, GA for a social gathering.

Additional written comments following the workshop are also encouraged to be sent to the author since they can reiterate oral questions or comments, which frees the author up from needing to take meticulous notes during the workshop while addressing participants. Moreover, these written comments can communicate specialized knowledge that may not be of general interest to all workshop participants.

 

*Adapted from “CHUCK TILLY'S WORKSHOP RULES,” as compiled by Roy Licklider