Serge F. Hein

Serge Frederick Hein, Educ.

Serge F. Hein

Serge F. Hein

Associate Professor


1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2105 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Office: 540-231-9713


Department Membership

School of Education


  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Poststructuralism
  • Post-Qualitative Inquiry
  • Social Psychology of Education
  • Group Processes in Education Settings

Professional Activities

  • International Association of Qualitative Inquiry
  • International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Editorial Board Member, Qualitative Inquiry


  • Ph.D., University of Alberta
  • M.Ed., University of Alberta
  • B.Comm., University of Alberta

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    Skaggs, G., Hein, S. F., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (in press). Using diagnostic profiles to describe borderline performance in standard setting. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.

    Hein, S. F. (2019). Deleuze, immanence, and immanent writing in qualitative inquiry: Non-linear texts and being a traitor to writing. Qualitative Inquiry, 25, 83-90.

    Hein, S. F. (2017). Deleuze's new image of thought: Challenging the dogmatic image of thought in qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 23, 656-665.

    Skaggs, G., Wilkins, J. L. M., & Hein, S. F. (2017). Estimating an observed score distribution from a cognitive diagnostic model. Applied Psychological Measurement, 41, 150-154.

    Skaggs, G., Hein, S. F., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (2016). Diagnostic profiles: A standard setting method for use with a cognitive diagnostic model. Journal of Educational Measurement, 53, 448-458

    Hein, S. F. (2016). The new materialism in qualitative inquiry: How compatible are the philosophies of Barad and Deleuze? Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 16, 132-140.

    Skaggs, G., Wilkins, J. L. M., & Hein, S. F. (2016). Grain size and parameter recovery with TIMSS and the general diagnostic model. International Journal of Testing, 16, 310-330.

    Hein, S. F. (2015). Spatiotemporality, anthonomasia, and post-qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry21, 3-10.

    Hein, S. F. (2013). Thinking and writing with ontological time in qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry19, 493-501.

    Sponsored Research

    Determining algebra readiness and cognitive skills profiles by using a diagnostic cognitive model to set a performance standard on a pre-algebra test. National Science Foundation Grant, $348,000. Principal Investigator: Gary Skaggs, Co-Principal Investigators: Serge Hein and Jesse Wilkins. (2011-2013)

    Increasing the participation of women in engineering: An examination of gender stereotypes, self-beliefs, choice of major, academic achievement, and program withdrawal. Summer Scholars Program, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE), Virginia Tech, $12,950. Principal Investigator: Brett Jones, Co-Principal Investigators: Serge Hein, Marie Paretti, and Tamara Knott. (2008-2009)

    A comparison of item response theory models for setting standards on a passage-based educational test. A Support Program for Innovative Research Strategies (ASPIRES) Faculty Research Grant, Virginia Tech, $26,000. Principal Investigator: Gary Skaggs, Co-Principal Investigator: Serge Hein. (2005-2006)

    Additional Information

    A major focus of my current research is poststructuralism, particularly the work of Gilles Deleuze, and its implications for qualitative inquiry in general and post-qualitative inquiry in particular.