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Trena Paulus

  • Ph.D., Professor
  • Professor
  • East Tennessee State University
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Dr. Trena Paulus, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division at East Tennessee State University. She was a Professor of Qualitative Research Methods at the University of Georgia from 2014-2019 and an Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Tennessee from 2003-2014. She is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti and co-author of Looking for Insight, Transformation and Learning in Online Talk (Routledge, 2019) and Digital Tools for Qualitative Research (Sage Publications, 2014.) Dr. Paulus has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to qualitative research, language-based methodologies for investigating online conversations, computer-mediated communication and online learning. She teaches courses and advises graduate students on qualitative research methods, digital tools for qualitative research, analysis of online data, and discourse analysis. She is a founding member of the international Microanalysis of Online Data network and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry's new special interest group on Digital Tools for Qualitative Research. She regularly consults and provides workshops on the use of digital tools in a variety of research contexts in the USA and internationally.

Recent publications

  • The instructional design portfolio

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  • Letters Home: The meaning of instructional technology

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Professional experience


East Tennessee State University

July 2019 - Present


University of Georgia - University of Georgia

May 2014 - June 2019(5 years)

Associate Professor

Learning Environments Educational Studies, College of Education, University of Tennessee

August 2003 - May 2014(11 years)


Ph.D., M.S.

Indiana University at Bloomington

August 1999 - May 2003(4 years)


Department of Linguistics, Ohio University

August 1995 - May 1997(2 years)


Franklin College

August 1987 - May 1991(4 years)

Co-authors (64)