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Subject :Participants needed - LGBT Faculty Professional Identity and Activism: A Thematic Narrative Approach

You are invited to take part in a research study about LGBT faculty in higher education on a traditional, four-year United States University, professional identity and activism on campus regarding LGBT issues. The researcher is inviting LGBT faculty who have self-identified as LGBT on campus among peers, administration, and/or students and are active on campus in one form or another in LGBT issues to be in the study. The first 10-15 participants who meet the criteria will be included in the study. If you have contacted me after the initial 15 participants, or do not meet all of the criteria, you will be excluded.

This form is part of a process called “Informed Consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part.

This study is being conducted by a researcher named Kathy L Gall, who is a doctoral student at Walden University.

Background Information: The purpose of this study is to explore professional identity and activism of LGBT faculty on traditional four-year university campuses.

Procedures: If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to: • Volunteer for this study (in which you can withdraw at any time) • Agree to the informed consent (including consent to participate and consent to audio taping) • Participate in a 60 to 90-minute audio recorded interview • Read a summary of the transcribed interview and make any changes, additions, or completions for accuracy, which will take approximately 30 minutes

Here are some sample questions:

• Tell me about your experience when you started as faculty member in your current position? • How did you identify yourself when you first started at the college/university? With peers, with students, with supervisors, with administration?

Voluntary Nature of the Study: This study is voluntary. Everyone will respect your decision of whether or not you choose to be in the study. No one at your university or the Consortium for Higher Education for LGBT Resources will treat you differently if you decide not to be in the study. If you decide to join the study now, you can still change your mind later. You may stop at any time. The researcher will follow up with all volunteers to let them know whether or not they were selected for the study, (as stated previously, the first 10-15 participants who meet the criteria will be included in the study).

Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study: Being in this type of study involves some risk of the minor discomforts that can be encountered in daily life, such as stress, conjuring past memories which may be uncomfortable, or a chance to become upset. Being in this study would not pose risk to your safety or wellbeing. If you do experience significant emotional distress, you can call 1-800-543-3638

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This study’s potential benefits might provide a better understanding of the experiences of LGBT faculty in coming out and being active and therefore provide an opportunity to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus.

Payment: As a thank you for participating in this study, a $5 (five dollar) gift card to Starbucks Coffee will be mailed to you before completion of the interview.

Privacy: Any information you provide will be kept confidential. The researcher will not use your personal information for any purposes outside of this research project. Also, the researcher will not include your name or anything else that could identify you in the study reports. Data will be kept secure by locking everything in a fireproof safe box. The digital audio interviews will be password protected, and all names will be kept separate from the interviews in a locked file cabinet and unused material will be shredded. Data will be kept for a period of at least 5 years, as required by the university.

Contacts and Questions: You may ask any questions you have now. Or if you have questions later, you may contact the researcher Kathy Gall via phone, 937-620-7043, or email, at If you want to talk privately about your rights as a participant, you can call Dr. Leilani Endicott. She is the Walden University representative who can discuss this with you. Her phone number is 612-312-1210. Walden University’s approval number for this study is 07-12-17-0319885 and it expires on July 11, 2018.

Please print or save this consent form for your records.

Obtaining Your Consent

If you feel you understand the study well enough to make a decision about it, please indicate your consent by replying to this email with the words, “I consent”.
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