Dr. Julian Pleasants



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Date of Interview

Fall 10-25-2011


Administrator, History of NSU, Patient Centered Outcomes, Family Systems, Qualitative Research, Association of American Colleges and Universities, accreditation, law school.

Interviewee(s) Bio

Ron Chenail, Ph.D., is Professor of Family Therapy, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Program, Applied Dissertation Adviser and Reader with the Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Twenty years ago he created the world's first online, open-access, English language, qualitative research journal, The Qualitative Report, and last year he launched its sister publication, The Weekly Qualitative Report. His web-based resources regularly rank in Google's top ten qualitative research sites. Dr. Chenail is also editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the flagship journal of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and Associate Editor of the Family Business Review. In addition he serves on the editorial boards of Qualitative Research in Psychology; Qualitative Social Work, International Journal of Collaborative Practices; Inonu University Journal of the Faculty of Education; Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Health; and Sistemas Familiares; as well as a founding editorial board member of Qualitative Inquiry.

Dr. Chenail is a Member Scholar with the University of Alberta's International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, an Associate with the Taos Institute, and a Member of the Institute for Creative Transformation. He has had over 60 journal articles and book chapters published and over 100 conference presentations given. His books include Medical Discourse and Systemic Frames of Comprehension, Practicing Therapy: Exercises for Growing Therapists (with Anne Rambo and Anthony Heath), and The Talk of the Clinic: Explorations in the Analysis of Medical and Therapeutic Discourse (with Bud Morris), and Qualitative Research Proposals and Reports: A Guide (with Patricia Munhall).


This series of interviews was conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants during the period of 2009-2012 for research in compiling the 50th Anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. To read more about the completed book, click here.

Host Institution

Nova Southeastern University - NSU Archives

Archives Location

NSU Archives, Row B, 5, 6.

Format Type

Audio CD

Length of Audio/Video

1:16:54 minutes

File Size

70.4 MB

Number of Copies

1 copy

Date Digitized

May 2016


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | History | Public History


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Interview with Dr. Ronald Chenail - VP for Institutional Effectiveness