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From the questionnaire respondents, a theoretical sample was drawn for the in-
depth, semi- structured interviews. To answer the research questions posed in Chapter 1,
selections were made from both tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the
discipline areas of the humanities, social sciences, and science. The interviews were
conducted using an interview guide (see Appendix J) based on the model used by Ellis
(1989a). All interviews were transcribed for later analysis.
Angelo State University (ASU) became a four-year school in 1965 (Angelo State
University summary of institutional data, 1999). Since that time, ASU grew to become a
Master's I university with a student enrollment of approximately 6,200 students. The
university offers one associate degree program, 48 undergraduate degree programs, and
28 masters degree programs. In the fall of 1999, ASU had 102 faculty members with
tenure and 52 faculty members classified as tenure-track. An additional 65 faculty
members were classified as non-tenured. These non-tenured and non-tenure-track
individuals were at the rank of instructor, lecturer, or visiting faculty members. Over 70%
of all full-time faculty members hold the doctorate.
From the questionnaire respondents, a theoretical sample was drawn for
conducting the in-depth, semi-structured interviews. The theoretical sample consisted of
tenured and tenure-track faculty members who used the Internet and were from the
humanities, social sciences, and sciences disciplines. Glaser and Strauss (1967) described
theoretical sampling as "the process of data collection for generating theory whereby the
analyst jointly collects, codes, and analyzes his data and decides what data to collect next
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