I come from Queensland, Australia, and moved to Athens, Georgia in 2000. In 2001 I took a tenure-track position at UGA after spending one year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Qualitative Research program. Prior to moving to the US, I taught music education in elementary schools (P-8) in Queensland, Australia, and was adjunct instructor in pre-service teacher education programs at the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. I have a Bachelor of Music Education from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, a Masters of Music Education (Kodály emphasis) from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a PhD in Education from the University of Queensland. In addition to my work, I enjoy textile arts, including fabric dyeing and quilting, spinning and hand weaving.

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative theory and research methods; qualitative interviewing
  • Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis
  • Music education


  • Qualitative interviewing
  • Doctoral education;
  • Teaching qualitative research
  • Music education
  • Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis
  • Qualitative methods

Academic Affiliations


  •  PhD in Education, 2000
    University of Queensland


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Research Summary

My research interests include the study of qualitative research methodology (including ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to research); and the study of topics in music education. I use ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as tools to do close analyses of interview talk and talk-in-interaction. This work has informed my work as an instructor, especially the teaching of qualitative interviewing. I am interested in reflective practice, and have examined my own and others' teaching, focusing on how to work with doctoral students as they select topics for research, and design dissertation studies. I’ve also looked at how archival records can be used to examine interview practice. See: Roulston, K. (2019). Using archival data to examine interview methods: The case of the Former Slave Project. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18

Awards and Accolades

Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow

College of Education, UGA, 2009

D. Keith Osborne Award for Teaching Excellence

College of Education, UGA, 2006

Outstanding Teaching Award

College of Education, UGA, 2005

Ira E. Aaron Award for Teaching Excellence and Collegiality

College of Education, UGA, 2016