Long Interview Guide
1. To start, could you describe briefly how you decided to become a [insert type of scientist]?
2. And in a few sentences, could you describe the general topic or questions you address in your central research?
SPIRITUALITY AND SCIENCE
I am specifically interested in what you think about religion [and spirituality] and how they relate to your work, if at all.
3. I’m going to use the words “religion” and “spirituality” interchangeably here, recognizing there is a lot of public discussion about the differences between these terms. Could you say a bit first about how you understand the terms “religion” and “spirituality”?
4. How do religion and spirituality come up, if at all, in the course of your discipline?
5. How about in teaching, do religion or spirituality come up at all in interactions with students or teaching? If so, in what kinds of ways? (If relevant, how do you think religion should be talked about in the classroom?)
6. What kinds of informal ways do people in your field talk about religion (hallway conversation, mealtime conversation)?