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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Candidates for Vice President/President Elect
Dan Merkle Bio and Platform Positions
Brad Edwards Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Secretary-Treasurer
Andy Smith Bio and Platform Positions
Gretchen McHenry Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Communications Chair
Jessica Holzberg Bio and Platform Positions
Marco Morales Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Conference Chair
Kristen Olson Bio and Platform Positions
Liz Hamel Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Education Chair
Vicki Pineau Bio and Platform Positions
Rachel Caspar Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair
Ipek Bilgen Bio and Platform Positions
Sarah Cho Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Associate Standards Chair
Gary Langer Bio and Platform Positions
Tim Triplett Bio and Platform Positions

Candidates for Councilor-at-Large
Mary Losch Bio and Platform Positions
Jon Krosnick Bio and Platform Positions


Dan Merkle
 
Dan Merkle is Executive Director of Elections at ABC News where he is responsible for election data and projections and serves as ABC's representative on the National Election Pool Steering Committee. At ABC News, he’s also in charge of setting and enforcing survey reporting standards for the news division. Previously Dan was Assistant Director of Polling at ABC where he designed, managed and analyzed polls on a wide variety of topics.
 
An active AAPOR member since 1988, Dan will be attending his 31st consecutive AAPOR conference this year. He has served AAPOR in various capacities over the years including four terms on AAPOR’s Executive Council as Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016), Counselor-at-Large (2013-2014), Conference Chair (2011-2012), and Communications Chair (2004-2005).  
 
In addition, Dan was the first chair of AAPOR’s Investment Committee and developed AAPOR’s first investment policy designed to make sure AAPOR’s financial future is secure and continues to strengthen.  Dan served on the Investment Committee for 12 years, five as chair. He was also chair of AAPOR’s Financial Oversight Committee and has served on the Development Committee, Conference Committee, Book Award Committee, Student Paper Award Committee and the Mitofsky Innovators Award Committee. He was also elected Program Chair and Communications Chair of NYAAPOR.
 
Dan has served as Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly and is currently on POQ’s Editorial Board. He was also on the Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods and the Advisory Committee for the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  Dan is the author of over 60 conference papers, journal articles and book chapters on survey methodology and public opinion. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
 
Prior to joining ABC News 20 years ago, Dan was Director of Surveys at Voter News Service and before that Senior Project Director and Methodologist at D.S. Howard and Associates, a market research firm in Chicago. He started his career in survey research at the Northwestern University Survey Laboratory.

 
Dan writes: It’s truly a great honor to be nominated to run for Vice President/President-Elect of AAPOR. I have much love and respect for AAPOR and its traditions, but I’m also excited about the opportunity to contribute to AAPOR’s continued growth. This includes continuing to strengthen AAPOR’s influence as the voice of our profession and as an advocate for ethics and high standards in research. AAPOR has played a vital role in my professional development over the last three decades, and it continues to help me stay up-to-date with developments in our field through its top tier journals, the annual conference, workshops and AAPORnet.  But AAPOR's members are what make it really special, which is why I haven’t missed an AAPOR conference in 31 years. The mix of  long-time researchers who are top in the field and newer researchers who bring fresh perspectives and ideas helps keep AAPOR vibrant and innovative. I would be excited for the opportunity to give back by serving AAPOR, an organization which has given me so much over the years.
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Vice President/President-Elect help address them?
Our field is in a continuous state of flux. It has become more difficult and expensive to conduct quality surveys using traditional methodologies. At the same time the continued proliferation of new media and technologies presents increased opportunities but also challenges for our field.
 
While a growing array of tools and methods provides more research options, we still have a lot to learn about them. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these newer methodologies and modes of data collection? How can they be integrated with more traditional approaches, and what are the implications for data quality? This is an exciting time for AAPOR members as we navigate the changing, and increasingly diverse, empirical landscape. If elected, I would work to make sure that AAPOR is at the forefront of proactively investigating and addressing these types of important data quality issues through AAPOR task forces, white papers, webinars, training workshops, and mini-conferences.
 
Another challenge to our field is that survey research is increasingly devalued and even denigrated by politicians, the press and the public. This affects not only the perceived value of our work as a vital part of public discourse in a democracy but also likely has negative consequences for survey participation among potential respondents. If elected, I would work to strengthen AAPOR’s influence as the voice of our profession and as an advocate for ethics and high standards. As part of this I would concentrate on further outreach to journalists highlighting the value of our work and AAPOR as the preeminent association committed to ethical and sound research practices.

 
How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Vice President/President-Elect?
I’ve been actively involved in the survey research profession and AAPOR for the past three decades. I’ve worked in various sectors of our field including media polling, academic survey research and marketing research. This has provided me with an appreciation of the diversity and breadth of our field and an understanding of the similarities and differences inherent in different research perspectives and approaches.
 
I have extensive leadership experience chairing and serving on various AAPOR committees as well as committees in my professional capacity outside of AAPOR. I have served four terms on AAPOR’s Executive Council as Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2016), Counselor-at-Large (2013-2014), Conference Chair (2011-2012), and Communications Chair (2004-2005).
 
In addition to serving on AAPOR council, I have experience with AAPOR’s finances and budgeting through my service on various AAPOR committees over the years. I served as chair of AAPOR’s Financial Oversight Committee (2012-2014) which was tasked with advising the council on financial matters, including AAPOR’s budget. I was the inaugural chair of AAPOR’s Investment Committee (2005-2010), leading AAPOR’s first efforts to increase its financial returns and working closely with AAPOR’s investment advisor on an ongoing basis. I also was a member of AAPOR’s Development Committee from 2007-2011.
 
This broad range of service over three decades has given me keen insight into the inner workings of AAPOR, its goals, and the profession more broadly.
 
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Brad Edwards
 
Brad Edwards is a Vice President and Director of Field Services at Westat. He works on household and establishment surveys in health, health care use and costs, aging, long-term care and caregiving, and voting behavior.  (Current projects: the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the National Health and Aging Trends Study, and the American National Election Survey.) Field services is an administrative unit that provides human resources support for Westat’s field employees (10,000 in the past two years), promoting best practices for face-to-face data collection, and fostering technological and methods innovations in field studies.  Brad’s research interests include data visualization and survey performance dashboards, mobile devices, panel survey design, and survey management. He has co-edited three books: Total Survey Error in Practice (2017), Hard-to-Survey Populations (2014), and Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts (2010, an AAPOR book award winner).
Brad cares a lot about AAPOR.  It was the first professional conference he attended, and he has always valued its warm and welcoming attitude.  For the past several years he has chaired the Janet Harkness Student Award Committee (a joint AAPOR/WAPOR award), and he joined the Sudman Student Award Committee this year.  He served on Executive Council as Membership Chair and Associate Chair (2004-2006), and was DC AAPOR president (1996-1997).  He founded AAPOR’s special interest group on multicultural and multilingual issues in surveys and led it from 2002 to 2008. In the Great Recession he originated Speed Networking to introduce job seekers to employers and it has been a feature of every conference since then.  He served on AAPOR’s Development Committee, and chaired the Endowment Committee that preceded it (2003-2005) and established the Bud Roper Award program.  He has attended more than 30 annual conferences. 
Beyond AAPOR and Westat, he is co-chairing the 11th conference on health survey research methods (planned for 2020).  He teaches short courses in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology and the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute, is on the editorial board of Public Opinion Quarterly, and reviews for several other journals. 

Brad writes: "I feel very honored to be nominated for AAPOR Vice President/President Elect in 2019.  I recognize that this is an important position, one that will require dedication and focus over the next three years (including a year as Past President), and I am ready to make that commitment.  The term will parallel the next presidential election cycle, and the next president may encounter many challenges to our profession.  I am eager to offer my leadership during this time."


What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Vice President/President-Elect help to address them?
I think the biggest challenge we face is relevance:  how do we stay in the game?  Our field has grown a lot, our services are in demand, but we have also suffered a lot, like other longstanding institutions, from huge declines in trust over several generations. A large chunk of the population no longer views what we do as valuable, or fair, or even reputable. How can we stay relevant?  We tend to look inside ourselves, to strive for greater accuracy, but maybe we need to engage more with the world outside.  I suspect many accept data breaches as a fact of life in the commercial world, and assume there is no way their responses to a survey or poll could be truly confidential.  I think we must counter that.  Just as it’s possible to educate people to protect themselves from spam and phishing attempts, we can cultivate educated survey respondents and consumers, through better outreach, teaching programs, and direct engagement with journalists and the media.  As Vice President and President-Elect, I hope to spark interest in this topic, promote opinion research on it, and become a catalyst for change in the field.

How do your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Vice President/President-Elect?
I’ve been in the field for four decades now, and held senior roles in three survey organizations, in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. I’ve learned the ins and outs of AAPOR, from my service on Executive Council, from many volunteer roles, and from attending more than 30 annual meetings.  I am a seasoned manager who has led some of the most important conferences in our field in the past decade.  I have a reputation for fairness, innovation, and getting the job done. And I like challenges. For more about me, click here: https://players.brightcove.net/1232842447001/rJEMVGkGf_default/index.html?videoId=6000045421001

 
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Andy Smith
 
Andrew Smith has been Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center since 1999 and is Professor of Practice in the UNH Department of Political Science.  He has more than 30 years experience in academic survey research, directing research for academics, governments, business and not for profits.  He has conducted polling for the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hartford Courant, Portland (ME) Press Herald, Providence Journal, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, as well as many local televisions.
 
His research has focused on elections, survey methodology, and public policy.  He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters in these areas and is co-author with David Moore of The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations.
 
Andrew earned his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and teaches courses on American public opinion, political parties, elections, the New Hampshire Primary, and survey methods at the University of New Hampshire.
 
He has been an AAPOR member since 1987 and has served on the Standards Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Harassment, and the Policy Impact Award Committee.  He has also been active in NEAAPOR and MAPOR.  He is currently President of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO).  Andrew has also served as chair of several not for profit boards.

Andy writes: "I am honored to be nominated for the position of Associate Secretary-Treasurer of AAPOR.  As a long-time AAPOR member, I appreciate how important the leadership of the organization has been to its growth and success and I look forward to working for AAPOR’s continued success."
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Secretary-Treasurer help to address them?
I believe the greatest opportunity and challenge facing our field is technological innovation in data collection.  This represents a tremendous opportunity as it allows researchers to use a growing number of data collection techniques (web, text, social media, etc.) which can reduce costs, allow access to hard-to-reach populations and allow for increased access to meta-data.  The challenge is the development of a theoretical framework to allow for inferential analysis of data from non-random frames as the Central Limit Theorem provides for random frames.
 
While the Associate Secretary-Treasurer is not a policy making position, the person holding this position plays an important role in seeing that AAPOR maintains a sound financial basis so that it can provide a platform for the field to research this challenge and opportunity and to develop the models that will provide the theoretical models for the future.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Secretary-Treasurer?
The primary role of the Secretary-Treasurer is to carry out the important legal and fiduciary responsibilities of a not-for-profit: accurate accounting of what the Executive Committee of the organization has done (minutes) and that the organization has a sound financial footing.  I have served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) as Conference Chair, Vice President, and President.  AASRO is an organization that is remarkably similar to AAPOR, although on a smaller scale, but which has the same obligations.  As an officer of AASRO, is have been intimately involved in these areas.  Also, I have served on several not for profit boards, including as Chair of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast (New Hampshire) and the Birchtree Center, a school for children with autism in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  In these roles, I have been in the position of seeing that the financial and secretarial roles of the board were carried out and have been deeply involved in ensuring the financial viability of these organizations.  This included overseeing audits, approving minutes, and completing and signing Federal tax documents.  Furthermore, I have been the Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for 20 years and have managed the finances of the organization successfully throughout this time.
 
My long experience with AAPOR has allowed me to meet and work with many people who have served in AAPOR leadership and I hope that I can rely on their long experience to assist me as I take on this role.
 
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Gretchen McHenry
 
Gretchen McHenry is a survey methodologist at RTI International. She has worked in various positions at RTI, both in methodology and field work, for more than ten years. She has a Master’s degree in sociology from North Carolina State University and a certificate in survey methodology from the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on questionnaire design, measurement of substance abuse and mental health issues, and accurate measurement of LGBTQ populations. Gretchen served as the Vice Conference Chair of SAPOR in 2012 and as Conference Chair in 2013. She joined the AAPOR Membership and Chapter Relations Committee in 2013. As part of her service on MCR, she founded the Volunteer Coordination Subcommittee. This subcommittee created a process by which members can make their desire to serve on committees or task forces known and the committee communicates information from interested volunteers to the Executive Council and committee chairs. The subcommittee plays an important role in helping AAPOR reach its goals regarding diversity in leadership and in allowing committee chairs to replace outgoing members with interested and competent volunteers. Gretchen rejoined MCR for her second three-year term in 2016. She currently chairs the Volunteer Coordination Subcommittee and works with other committee and subcommittee chairs to recruit volunteers that further AAPOR’s mission of representing our diverse membership. She also served on the Events Committee for QDET2, where she organized scientific and social events to engage conference attendees. She has regularly authored papers presented at AAPOR and other regional, national, and international conferences. 

Gretchen writes: "I am pleased to be nominated for Associate Secretary-Treasurer. I have served on the Membership and Chapter Relations (MCR) committee for six years and want to continue my service with AAPOR in a new capacity. Becoming Associate Secretary-Treasurer will allow me to apply a different skill set to the overall goal I have used as my guiding principle throughout my time on MCR: to help AAPOR grow in size, diversity, and quality as an organization."

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Secretary-Treasurer help to address them?
Public opinion research is increasingly in the public eye. AAPOR has proactively weighed in on crucial public debates and created policies and education programs that are easily accessible to those outside our field. Expanding this outreach and education is an opportunity for AAPOR to increase its impact outside our field. This opportunity also dovetails with several of the AAPOR2025 goals. The Associate Secretary-Treasurer’s work with, and eventual leadership of, the Finance Committee is integral to taking advantage of this opportunity. With careful management of AAPOR’s existing investments and implementing new, innovative sponsorship and development ideas, the Associate Secretary-Treasurer manages a key resource for AAPOR’s future growth. I look forward to using the responsibilities of the Associate Secretary-Treasurer to move AAPOR’s goals, in general and the AAPOR2025 goals specifically, forward.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Secretary-Treasurer?
In my six years of service on MCR, I have had the opportunity to work with AAPOR leadership in several capacities. I created the current process by which members can volunteer for AAPOR committees and taskforces and chair the subcommittee that manages the database of volunteer contact information. As part of this role, I have worked with the Executive Council to increase AAPOR leadership’s diversity and to recruit members with specific skill sets for individual committees, including the Finance Committee. Managing budgets in ways that allow creativity, growth, and efficient use of resources is a part of my (and a lot of AAPOR members!) daily work. Bringing that skill set and high-level thinking to AAPOR is an opportunity to apply the skills I already have and to further develop in this area. It is also an opportunity to continue the work I’ve done over the past six years in diversifying and increasing member engagement with AAPOR, but from a new point of view.
 
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Jessica Holzberg

Jessica Holzberg is a research survey statistician in the Center for Behavioral Science Methods at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she conducts methodological research for the decennial census, American Community Survey, and other federal surveys. In this role, Jessica uses methods such as cognitive interviewing, focus groups, web probing, and experiments to reduce survey measurement error and improve the clarity of Census Bureau communications.
 
An active member of AAPOR, Jessica currently serves on the Standards Committee and on the Communications Committee, where she is Chair of the Social Media Subcommittee. Previously, she served on the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee from 2015-2018. Jessica is also active in the Washington, DC chapter of AAPOR (DC-AAPOR), serving as its webmaster since 2013 and as Secretary/Membership Chair from 2016-2017. She re-designed the DC-AAPOR website in 2017.
 
Jessica’s research interests include survey burden, measurement of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), and privacy and confidentiality. Jessica regularly presents her work at AAPOR and has presented at other conferences, such as WAPOR, FCSM, QDET2, and FedCASIC. She serves as an Associate Editor of Survey Practice and her work will appear in Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Official Statistics. Jessica received her Master of Science in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland.

Jessica writes: "I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the 2019 Associate Chair of the Communications Committee. This committee plays a central role in AAPOR by connecting AAPOR members with each other and creating a bridge between the organization and the greater public. While AAPORnet and the AAPOR newsletter remain important communications tools, I see particular communications growth for AAPOR using social media platforms. They provide a space for AAPOR to 1) communicate via short messages that won’t get lost in an inbox, 2) share back-and-forth conversation more broadly, and 3) open the “big tent” to newer members and those from less traditional AAPOR backgrounds. It would be a pleasure to serve the organization in this role."

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Communications Chair help to address them?
Recent challenges for the AAPOR community include familiar methodological and organizational questions: How can we leverage data from sources other than polls/surveys? What can we do to welcome new and diverse members, including recent graduates and those with disciplinary training in less-represented fields? Fortunately, our task forces and committees have been hard at work on these challenges, producing excellent task force reports, a statement on diversity and inclusion, and more. As Associate Communications Chair, I intend to facilitate this discussion, promote our efforts widely, and leverage new communication opportunities. Tools may include a simpler website design, targeted messaging, methodological spotlights in newsletters or on social media, and more frequent Twitter Q&As.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Communications Chair?
I have social media, website, and email communications experience through my involvement in AAPOR, DC-AAPOR, and Survey Practice. I have enjoyed trying new ways to engage AAPOR membership and the public with these tools. I run social media for AAPOR and Survey Practice and previously ran it for DC-AAPOR. Recently we ran a meme competition and highlighted key findings from the POQ Special Issue on the Psychology of Politics and Elections during the midterms. I have also served as the DC-AAPOR webmaster since 2013, communicating regular updates on events. In 2017, I completed a total redesign of the website to streamline its messaging and make it more user-friendly. I assisted Survey Practice in a similar capacity, advising the Editor-in-Chief on the transition to a modern open-access website and starting a practice of sending individual Survey Practice article updates via email. Additionally, my work at the Census Bureau focuses on improving the clarity of communications with the public, whether it is through the wording of survey questions, the census.gov website, letters, or interviewer materials.

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Marco Morales
 
Marco Morales has been an AAPOR member since 2008, and a regular presenter at AAPOR conferences since. He joined AAPOR’s Communications Committee in 2017. Professionally he serves as Director of Data Science at NBCUniversal.
 
As a Data Scientist he specializes in the extensive use of data sources to understand TV viewership dynamics and forecast them.
 
As a scholar he studies voting behavior, focusing on its substantive aspects and methodological innovations to measure political attitudes through surveys. He teaches quantitative methodology and applied Data Science to graduate students at Columbia University. He serves as an expert reviewer for many academic journals, including POQ. He holds a PhD in Political Science from NYU.
 
As a strategic communications professional, he served as Chef de Cabinet to the Communications Director and Press Secretary at the Office of the Mexican Presidency (2010-2012), Spokesman for the Permanent Mission of Mexico at the United Nations and for the UN Security Council during its Mexican presidencies (2009-2010), and Head of International Communications and Strategy at the Mexican Secretary of the Economy (2003-2004).

Marco writes: "I thank the Executive Council for the opportunity to put my name on the table to give back to AAPOR as Communications Committee Associate Chair. Why is it important to do it now?
 
The 2020 Presidential election represents the industry’s next big challenge: not adding ammunition to survey skepticism. It could also be an opportunity to correct the record since the spotlight will be put on our field. Fully exploiting this opportunity needs laying the groundwork early for 2020 and taking proactive steps during 2019.
 
The Communications Committee has been the vehicle for information flow within the organization. Taking advantage of this opportunity would require expanding the Committee’s strategic mission to boost external communications with a proactive slant. Success depends on an experienced hand to guide strategic and tactical steps that bring AAPOR’s communications to the next level.
 
During a previous life as a strategic communications professional, I’ve amassed a decade of experience  
AAPOR members understand and care deeply about public opinion. For many, it’s also a livelihood. Yet, there are few profiles within AAPOR’s membership that can also count design and implementation of strategic communications under their belt, and that are willing to volunteer their time and expertise."


What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Communications Chair help to address them?
A (major) challenge: the perceived performance of election polls over the last decade has created a reputational crisis in the field: the general public is growing skeptical of polls. In the long-run, this is may be an existential threat if left unattended.
 
A (sensible) opportunity: the Communications Committee is a natural vehicle to seize the opportunity afforded by the 2020 Presidential election. It can reinforce its mission by adding strategic outward-facing responsibilities on behalf of AAPOR. This reorientation requires a comprehensive communications strategy based on four pillars:
  1. A strategic communications view to address this challenge in the short, medium and long run
  2. Enhanced outward communication capabilities, including a rapid response team of spokespeople to fill communication voids
  3. Escalated internal communications to include message coordination across the membership
  4. Re-cast the organization’s long-term relationships with journalists, anchors, and opinion leaders 

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Communications Chair?
I began my professional career in government, focusing on political communications that sought to influence public opinion. I spent a decade specializing in strategic communications and crisis response communications. Although I’m no longer a public official, I continue banking on my communications expertise.
 
I undertook graduate school to understand political behavior more deeply. During that time, I was introduced to the world of survey methodology and AAPOR. That world, I never left.
 
Because of my professional and academic experience, I bring three things to the table: Effective communication requires a strategic vision, careful planning and flawless implementation, a deep understanding of the subject matter to communicate, and a sharp instinct to deal with the unforeseen events.

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Kristen Olson
 
Kristen Olson is Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research examines interviewer effects, paradata, within-household selection in self-administered surveys, survey costs, the intersection of nonresponse and measurement errors, and questionnaire design. She teaches courses on analysis of complex survey data, introduction to linear regression, sampling, and total survey error. Her research has appeared in journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Sociological Methodology, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Sociological Methods and Research, Social Science Research, the Journal of Official Statistics, and Field Methods, among others. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
 
Kristen has been involved in AAPOR since she was a master’s student, attending her first AAPOR conference in 2002. She has attended every annual conference since then, and now is very pleased to bring her students to their first (and subsequent) AAPOR conferences. Kristen has been involved in AAPOR through a variety of elected and volunteer roles. Kristen served as a member of AAPOR’s Executive Council from 2014-2016 as Membership and Chapter Relations Chair and Associate Chair. She was part of the team that developed AAPOR’s Diversity Statement and part of the first Working Group on Long Term Diversity for AAPOR.
 
Kristen has served on a number of AAPOR Task Forces and Ad Hoc Committees, including the 2008 Ad Hoc Committee on Pre-Election Polls, the Ad Hoc Committee on 2016 Election Polling, the Refusal Task Force, the Data Falsification Task Force, and is currently co-chairing the Task Force on Transitions from Telephone to Self-Administered and Mixed Mode Surveys. She is currently a member of the Education and Standard Definitions committees, and has served on the Janet A. Harkness Memorial Student Paper, Book Award, Mitofsky Innovator Award, and Nomination Committees. Kristen is a past-president and former conference chair of MAPOR, serving MAPOR for five years. Kristen served as editor of the Research Synthesis section of Public Opinion Quarterly from 2008-2015, and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. She also moderated the plenary event with Julia Lane and Regina Nuzzo at the 2018 annual conference in Denver.
 
Kristen has a B.A. degree in mathematical methods in the social sciences and sociology from Northwestern University, an M.S. degree in survey methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.

Kristen writes: "AAPOR is my primary professional home. There is no greater honor than being nominated to help lead this interdisciplinary multi-sector organization of survey research and public opinion professionals. Our annual conference is the time for us to, collectively, talk across organizations, sectors, methodological backgrounds, and individual differences. It is a chance for the brand new research assistant or student to meet an AAPOR past-President over lunch, and realize that they share interests that live beyond the conference. These conversations advance our field, our understanding of its strengths and opportunities for growth, and allow us to have a collective response to attacks to our profession. If elected to associate conference chair, I will work to facilitate these cross-disciplinary, cross-organizational, and cross-generational conversations. I will work to retain the parts of the AAPOR conference experience that have kept me coming back for over 15 years, and identify ideas on how to improve the experience for a diverse and growing membership."
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Conference Chair help to address them?
We have what feels like a million transitions happening in the field right now – from telephone and in person surveys to self-administered and mixed mode surveys, from probability samples to a mix of probability and non-probability samples, from independent cross-sections to repeated surveys on pre-recruited panels, from polling desks at multiple news organizations to a shrinking journalist corps, from statistical methods with easy-to-write-down formulas to “black box” machine learning approaches, from “methodologists” to “data scientists,” from guaranteed funding for important national benchmark studies to uncertainty over funding for even the Decennial Census, from reasonably defendable response rates to single digit response rates, from reliable regular measurement of important national political and social indicators to modeled estimates based on less-frequent measurement, from structured questions to analysis of social media posts, from surveys to administrative records. These important transitions coexist with the more typical problems we see – how to decide incentive levels, the effects of interviewer characteristics, definitions of likely voter models, methods of asking about important social and demographic characteristics, mode differences in estimates, and the ever present problem of nonresponse, among others. The AAPOR conference is where conversations about these transitions take place among the researchers, practitioners, journalists, administrators, and those who bridge these groups working diligently on the most important problems facing our field.
 
I view the Conference Chair as a facilitator of dialogue on these challenges and opportunities facing our field. In particular, the Conference Chair role creates space for the challenges and opportunities of the field in that year to be identified and discussed.  The Conference Chair works to include a wide variety of voices in these conversations. The Conference Chair finds platforms for new voices to feel welcomed and included, and recognizes the wisdom and value in the experienced members. The Conference Chair works with AAPOR Council to ensure that professional development opportunities are available in new and important areas, where members need a chance to grow and develop as challenges and opportunities arise.  In sum, there is almost no position better suited to take up some of the challenges and opportunities facing our field than Associate Conference Chair. 
 
How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Conference Chair?
I have been involved in a wide variety of AAPOR roles and committees over the last decade or so. With this involvement, I have seen many sides of AAPOR, all of whom come to the annual conference.  Fundamentally, the job of Associate Conference Chair requires being highly organized and able to communicate with the membership in a timely manner about things important to them, such as whether abstracts have been accepted and how to plan for important conference events. It requires being flexible when events outside of one’s control occur, and being steadfast in following up with folks when they need to deliver. It requires creating great teams and empowering them to do the hard work needed for a conference. It also requires sending a lot of emails and having a lot of phone calls with folks who are involved with the Conference Committee to make sure that everyone is delivering on their responsibilities. I have done this as MAPOR Conference Chair, as AAPOR Membership and Chapter Relations Chair, in various roles on AAPOR Task Forces, and do this now as an administrator in my department. I also am known for running really efficient meetings, a skill that will certainly come in handy as Associate Conference Chair.

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Liz Hamel
 
Liz Hamel is Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). She has over 17 years of experience working on quantitative and qualitative research aimed at giving the public a voice in health policy debates. In her role at KFF, she directs research on a wide range of topics, including people’s experiences in the health care system, the affordability of health care and insurance, aging and serious illness care, opinions of health reform, and the role of health care in elections. Beyond her work on health care, she has also contributed to survey research projects on topics including hurricane recovery, race and gender attitudes, loneliness and social isolation, unemployment, and life in rural America, among others. Many of these projects have been in collaboration with KFF’s media partners, including The Washington Post, CNN, and The Economist. Liz’s work has appeared in International Journal of Public Opinion Research; Health Affairs; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; and Columbia Journalism Review, and she is the co-author of several book chapters. She is a regular presenter at AAPOR and PAPOR conferences, as well as a frequent speaker to various health policy audiences. She is very proud to be part of the team from KFF that won the AAPOR Policy Impact Award in 2015. Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Liz has been a member of AAPOR since 2002, served as Membership and Chapter Relations Chair in 2012-2013, and is currently a member of the Journalist Education Subcommittee. She is also active in PAPOR and served as the chapter’s president in 2006 and conference chair in 2010. Liz lives in San Francisco with her husband and 3 energetic children. When she’s not busy with work or family, Liz can be found swimming in the San Francisco Bay.

Liz writes: "It would be an honor to serve AAPOR as Associate Conference Chair. I’ve attended 16 AAPOR conferences, and each time I return home with fresh ideas, enthusiastic about my own work and buoyed by the sense of excitement that comes from being part of an engaged, thoughtful, and diverse community of researchers. I would welcome the chance to make sure others have a similar experience by bringing my ideas and energy to the table to continue a tradition of thought-provoking, impactful AAPOR conferences."
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Conference Chair help to address them?
As an optimist, I’ll start with the opportunities: researchers today have greater access than ever before to a wide range of tools and technology for collecting and analyzing information about the public’s attitudes, opinions, and behaviors. The flip side to this opportunity is also one of our greatest challenges: the sheer volume of available data and wide access to tools for gathering and analyzing it can lead to information overload, or – worse yet – faulty or even dangerous inferences made based on flawed analysis. In this environment, cross-sector collaboration and the sharing of best practices is critical to help researchers of all stripes adapt to the changing landscape and approach these new challenges and opportunities with the same rigor and creative problem-solving that has seen the survey research world through previous eras of change. The AAPOR conference has always been a “meeting place” to bring together different perspectives, and as Associate Conference Chair I would strive to design a conference program that appeals to the broad spectrum of AAPOR members and non-members – including survey methodologists, political scientists, government researchers, data scientists, field house directors, and others. I also feel it’s important for a conference program to provide opportunities for students and those just establishing their careers to make connections and learn from the “old guard” of AAPOR, and also to showcase their own ideas, perspectives, and talents. By bringing these groups together for a vibrant exchange of ideas and best practices, AAPOR can continue its tradition of helping the researchers of today stay informed and be prepared to address the challenges of tomorrow.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Conference Chair?
My previous AAPOR Council experience as Membership and Chapter Relations Chair would be enormously helpful in the role of Associate Conference Chair. As MCR Chair, I was responsible for managing a large committee with multiple subcommittees, and I interacted with AAPOR members across the country from diverse backgrounds, learning what various constituencies were looking to get out of their AAPOR membership. One of the things I am most proud of from my time as MCR Chair was working to increase AAPOR’s support for student and early career members at the annual conference, an effort that eventually led to the creation of the Student Engagement Subcommittee. Serving as both president and conference chair for PAPOR also gave me experience with conference program planning and committee leadership that will be an asset in this role. I believe all of these experiences will help me build a conference program that can meet the needs and desires of a wide range of attendees, ensure the conference has broad appeal and relevance, and keep all of the “moving parts” necessary to execute a conference of this size running efficiently and effectively.
 
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Vicki Pineau
 
Vicki Pineau is a Senior Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology Department at NORC at the University of Chicago.  She is a diverse sampling statistician and veteran survey research methodologist – with over thirty-five years of experience in survey and sample design covering a myriad of government and public interest surveys and censuses spanning topics such as immunizations, health care, income, labor force, poverty, program participation, technology, robotics, public opinion and agriculture. Her expertise spans traditional government sponsored area probability sampling for many years for the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and Current Population Survey (CPS) to RDD sampling approaches for CDC’s National Immunization Survey (NIS) to new and innovative Internet sampling methods for custom research of at-risk populations, among others. An over-arching goal of her career has been to implement sound research methods, ensure the highest data quality possible, and report research results and methods with integrity.
 
Pineau has authored and/or presented more than 50 sampling, estimation and survey methods papers at the Annual AAPOR Conferences, ASA’s Joint Statistical Meetings, the Federal Conference on Survey Methods, the International Conference on Household Survey Nonresponse, and the International Conference on Establishment Surveys.  She is also an author on Statistical Policy Working Papers and Technical Reports for the Dept. of Commerce, and a contributing author in Business Survey Methods and Total Survey Error in Practice
 
Pineau is a past member of AAPOR’s Standards Committee and the current Chair of the Subcommittee on Diversity for AAPOR’s Education Committee. She led efforts (with great support from many other AAPOR colleagues) to launch AAPOR’s first SurveyFest event in October 2018. The purpose of SurveyFest is to conduct strategic outreach to underrepresented students and foster interest in AAPOR-related fields towards ultimately increasing the long-term participation of minorities in those fields.
 
At NORC, Pineau manages a team of sampling statisticians and statistical programmers dedicated to implementing state-of-the art survey research methods and processes for complex sample design including dual-frame multi-mode designs, implementation and monitoring of fielded surveys, design/implementation of weighting methods, and variance estimation. Previously, she worked at TNS, Nielsen Mobile, Knowledge Networks, Abt Associates, and the U.S. Census Bureau. She also taught graduate level courses in applied research methods and statistics at the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She holds a masters in mathematics from the University of South Carolina.

Vicki writes: "I am honored to be nominated for such an important leadership role in AAPOR, that of Associate Chair/Chair the Education Committee. Especially in the past ten years AAPOR has made outstanding progress in how we have seized new technologies and opportunities to help the research community learn from leaders in the survey and public opinion research field through Webinars, and in how we have educated both researchers and consumers of research about how to conduct, analyze and disseminate research with integrity. If elected to the position of Associate Chair/Chair of the Education Committee, I will strive to ensure continued progress in the scope and quality of AAPOR’s educational and professional development offerings and activities."

 
What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Education Chair help to address them?
The world of survey research and public polling seems to be transforming daily because more sophisticated multi-mode/multi-source data is required, costs of data collection continue to rise, and study populations of interest have become more and more difficult to reach. The surfacing of new technologies, new advances in tools and methods to collect/manage/merge more complex data, and multi-mode data collection options lead the way today in how we identify solutions to our research challenges. Another key challenge is the distrust in public opinion polls expressed by some in the media and by the public in public opinion polling. As Associate Chair/Chair, I will work to ensure we welcome and support Webinars and professional development courses that present new/innovative research methods that address some of the more complex problems that challenges the research community as described above. I will also seek to include educational offerings that seek to educate professionals and journalists on polling methods and reporting on polling to help address the polling distrust challenge.
 
How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Education Chair?
As a senior researcher at NORC and other prominent survey research organizations, my responsibilities have required working with a diverse group of technical and non-technical people from public, private, media, professional and academic organizations. I thoroughly enjoy the aspects of the work that involve mentoring, collaborating and educating people I work with whether it be to describe sound statistical sampling methods or developing a plan to field test a new and innovative survey method for improving response rates. I have led large research and evaluation teams for the Census Bureau, for CDC’s NIS, and for Knowledge Networks, providing leadership and guidance towards improvement of sampling and survey methods. I served on AAPOR’s Standards Committee for three years, working alongside AAPOR colleagues to update AAPOR’s Guidance for IRBs and Researchers among other activities, and I currently serve on the Diversity Subcommittee as the Chair, implementing activities to advance and value diversity in AAPOR’s membership. In summary, my professional experience and experiences serving as a volunteer for AAPOR for other committees ensures I am prepared to serve as the Associate Chair/Chair of the Education Committee and in support of the advancement of educational and professional development activities.


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Rachel Caspar
 
Rachel Caspar is Director of the Center for Survey Methodology at RTI International.  She joined RTI after completing her BA in Sociology at Oberlin College and her MA in Applied Social Research from the University of Michigan.   As a survey methodologist, Rachel’s work has focused on the development and implementation of new methods for collecting survey data to maximize data quality, minimize participant burden, and control costs.  She is especially interested in designing questionnaires and developing data collection procedures for surveys of sensitive topics.  Since 2004 Rachel has served as the PI for the National Inmate Survey; working closely with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to oversee all aspects of the design and implementation of this congressionally-mandated study to measure the incidence of sexual victimization among the adult incarcerated population in the United States.  Rachel has served as a member of RTI’s Institutional Review Board for 17 years, including a 7-year stint as an IRB Chairperson.   

Rachel joined AAPOR and attended her first conference in 1987 and has been an active participant and contributor since then.  She previously served on AAPOR Executive Council in the roles of Membership/Chapter Relations Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.  She has served on various AAPOR committees, including the AAPOR Award Committee, the Student Travel Award Committee, and the Nominations Committee. 


Rachel writes: “I would be honored to serve as Associate Education Chair. Identifying new approaches for providing educational benefits to the AAPOR membership and determining the desired content for AAPOR’s educational offerings is something I am very committed to achieving.  AAPOR is an organization that has provided me with so many opportunities to learn, share ideas, and maintain connections with other survey professionals. I would be happy to be able to give something back to the organization.”

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Education Chair help to address them?
Our field is continually changing and thus the skillset required to be successful changes as well.  The technical training our members received before starting their research careers must be augmented to reflect current challenges (for example, declining participation rates, the push for more timely data releases, melding data from multiple modes, conducting high quality research with leaner project budgets, societal shifts in what and how people communicate, and increasing threats to data security).  Developing approaches to meet such challenges requires us to be willing to look not only within our own academic field but to other fields as well. In the role of Associate Education Chair, I look forward to working with incoming Education Chair, Allyson Holbrook, to develop a varied slate of educational opportunities that can assist AAPOR members in meeting their continuing education needs.  In doing so, I also hope we can assist in maintaining AAPOR’s reputation as an organization that promotes best practices in data collection and dissemination.  I am also especially committed to continuing to pursue ways to offer educational opportunities outside the annual conference so members can engage in continuing education throughout the year and in years when they are unable to attend the annual conference. 

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Education Chair?
I have previously served on AAPOR’s Education Sub-Committee for Professional Development. In that role I organized conference sessions designed to provide opportunities for members new to our field to learn from more experienced researchers.  I have also served as Education Chair of the Survey Research Methods Section of the ASA and was appointed to serve as a member of ASA’s Continuing Education Committee - the committee responsible for selecting short courses for the Joint Statistical Meetings.  
I self-identify as a “life-long learner” and have a deep appreciation for teachers who can share their knowledge in a way that is engaging and helps me think about a topic – perhaps even one I’m already familiar with – in a more nuanced way.  I have attempted to bring that degree of engagement to my own teaching which has included semester-length courses in questionnaire design and testing at UNC and UMD as well as short courses offered through the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, at past AAPOR conferences and at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the ASA.  I am currently engaged in my most challenging teaching endeavor to date:  providing (unwanted) tutoring to my high school senior as she works her way through AP Statistics!   
 
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Ipek Bilgen
 
Ipek Bilgen is a Senior Research Methodologist in the Statistics and Methodology Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Bilgen is AmeriSpeak Panel’s lead research methodologist and is responsible for overseeing AmeriSpeak’s methodological research. She has over a decade of experience in applied survey methods and received both her Ph.D. and M.S. from the Survey Research and Methodology (SRAM) Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bilgen has published and co-authored articles in the Journal of Official Statistics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Survey Practice, Social Currents, Social Science Computer Review, Field Methods, and Quality and Quantity on topics including interviewing methodology, web surveys, internet sampling and recruitment approaches, cognition and communication, and measurement error in surveys. She is a frequent speaker in national and international conferences and workshops on survey methodology. Her current research focuses on the investigation of panel non-response, panel recruitment and retention, total survey error sources in mixed mode surveys, the use of web and emerging technologies in surveys, and questionnaire design and survey implementation.

Bilgen is currently serving as President of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR). Previously, she has served as MAPOR Secretary-Treasurer and Conference Chair. She has been a member of MAPOR’s Executive Council since 2014. She is currently serving on the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)’s Membership and Chapter Relations (MCR) and Standards Committees. Bilgen has been a member of AAPOR since 2006 and has presented regularly at annual AAPOR conferences since then, as she enjoys the friendly community of AAPOR.

Ipek writes: "I am honored to be nominated to serve an organization that has been devoted to the advancement of the science of public opinion and survey methodology research. AAPOR is a platform that brings professionals from diverse backgrounds together and fosters research dissemination, collaboration, and networking opportunities. Accordingly, I would be happy to serve and assist this amazing organization and its diligent MCR committee."

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Member and Chapter Relations Chair help to address them?
With the ever-changing technological developments and new data sources, our field is facing new opportunities and challenges now more than ever. In order to fully take advantage of these opportunities and possibly overcome challenges, it is essential to identify and make connections with potential prospective members from different backgrounds, disciplines, settings, and circumstances that are foreign to the association while retaining an inclusive membership base in which individuals from different contexts feel welcomed. The relevance and longevity of the association depend on taking an adaptive approach in this emerging environment and continuing its devotion to provide its members resources and services that are unique to their needs and encountered challenges. Accordingly, the Membership and Chapter Relations (MCR) committee plays a pivotal role in identifying its membership’s needs, formulating innovative and expedient member benefits, as well as attaining and retaining members from different contexts.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Member and Chapter Relations Chair?
Over the last half-decade, I have served on AAPOR’s Membership and Chapter Relations (MCR) Committee as well as MAPOR’s Executive Council. My involvement in the MCR Committee provided me the opportunity to build my understanding regarding the structure and function of the committee and its subcommittees. It has also given me an opportunity to observe the needs of members, chapters, as well as the organization as a whole. I am currently serving as MAPOR’s President and served in different positions on MAPOR’s Council including Secretary Treasurer and Conference Chair. My experience serving on the MAPOR Council over the years has facilitated me to become acquainted and communicate with other regional chapters. This has provided me ideas regarding supporting chapters’ needs and advancing mutual goals.   

Additionally, in the past thirteen years I have had the privilege to study and be involved in different phases of the survey lifecycle—from planning to dissemination, analyses, and reporting—within different types and sizes of studies. These experiences have exposed me to numerous projects utilizing my expertise in planning, budgeting, considerations of total survey error, design and implementation, processing, and dissemination. My time at NORC has provided me the opportunity to interact and work with individuals from diverse settings such as government agencies, media outlets, academics, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations. The dissemination of my research in different platforms, including AAPOR conferences, continually over the past thirteen years provided me the privilege to become acquainted with and collaborate with AAPOR members as well as work with colleagues within various AAPOR committees and subcommittees. In summary, all of these experiences have provided me an appreciation and commitment towards this role.   

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Sarah Cho

Sarah Cho has been an active member of AAPOR since 2009, regularly presenting at the conference and serving on the AAPOR Executive Council as the first Education Chair (2015-2017). She also served as chair of the Short Course Subcommittee and as a member of the Communications Committee. Sarah is a dedicated member of the Pacific chapter, PAPOR, serving as President in 2014 and also as Membership Chair, Conference Chair, Vice President, and Past President.
 
For her day job, Sarah is one of the founding members of the Research team at SurveyMonkey. In her role as Director of Research, she is responsible for integrating survey best practices into all of SurveyMonkey’s products and services. Sarah manages the development of trainings, product features, and interactions with top customers, to showcase the value of the surveys in the workplace. In a previous role, she also worked with partners at a variety of media organizations, including NBC News, Fortune, and TIME, providing critical polling that encouraged journalists to do more data-driven reporting.
 
Previously Sarah was a Senior Survey Analyst at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) where she worked on a range of health policy polling projects in the Public Opinion and Survey Research group. She graduated with an AB in Community Health from Brown University and an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University. When she’s not preaching the survey gospel, Sarah enjoys running (both road and trail), and picks up her violin for the occasional wedding gig or two.

Sarah writes: “I’m honored and excited to be considered for the position of Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair, so I can help deepen our relationship with the chapters and expand our membership to help shape the future of AAPOR.”

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Membership & Chapter Relations Chair help to address them?
When I joined AAPOR, gathering opinions seemed to be relatively straightforward. Few were using online panels to collect opinions and those that did were met with skepticism. Facebook and Twitter were in their infancy, apps like Instagram and Snapchat didn’t exist, and only a handful of AAPOR members were working with this type of data. Whether it be VR, voice assistants, or autonomous vehicles, we are in a constant state of innovation, and one struggle we will have for the foreseeable future is to figure out how these new methods of data collection and technology can work side-by-side with traditional ones.
As a result, I believe that AAPOR’s greatest challenge is to remain relevant in this rapidly changing survey environment. AAPOR and the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee need to ensure that we are keeping up, continuing to strengthen our relationships with those who are already in our network, but also building partnerships with researchers who are leading the charge in these evolving fields. Recruiting additional members or partnering with sister organizations can not only help increase the diversity of our members, but also the range of expertise that is represented in our membership.
 
I believe the Committee can help address this challenge by doing two things: 1) Partnering with other professional organizations to bring in new members; 2) Collaborating with the Education Committee to recruit research experts in newer technologies inform our members about their methods, to expand the skillset of our own research community.

How do your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Membership & Chapter Relations Chair?
Given the challenges and actions I mentioned above, I believe the Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair needs to have the ability to build partnerships and consensus. In my role at SurveyMonkey, I’ve lead our research partnerships across a diverse set of industries, including non-profits, media, and academia. With some of the top technology companies in the world located in my backyard of the Bay Area, my location provides a strategic advantage for tapping into researchers who may be working on new technologies.
 
I am also comfortable navigating the leadership structure of AAPOR: Through my experience in several AAPOR leadership roles, including a stint on the Executive Council, I am familiar with the ins and outs of AAPOR as an organization, as well as what it takes to be successful in the role of Associate MCR Chair. Further, serving in a variety of positions on the PAPOR Executive Council (the Pacific chapter of AAPOR) has provided me with an advantage of knowing how chapters interact and collaborate with AAPOR, making me well-prepared to handle the CR in MCR.

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Gary Langer
 
Gary Langer is president of Langer Research Associates, polling director for the ABC News Television Network and a longtime avid and active member of AAPOR.
Gary’s been deeply involved in helping to redesign transparency standards in our field. He’s an Executive Committee member and chair of the Transparency and Acquisitions Committee of the board of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, which is announcing a new transparency and data acquisitions policy in the months ahead. He oversaw a rewrite of the Principles of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls as chair of its Transparency Committee in the mid-aughts. And he’s two-time member of AAPOR’s quadrennial Code Review Committee, which, in its last iteration, brought extensively updated transparency standards to the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices.

Gary consulted with AAPOR in its creation of the Transparency Initiative and his company is a proud charter member of the TI. He’s also served the national association on a variety of committees, and is a past president of NYAAPOR.

Langer Research Associates designs, manages and analyzes survey projects for businesses, foundations, associations and other organizations nationally and internationally. It’s best known for producing the ongoing ABC News/Washington Post poll for ABC, one of just six national surveys (and the only media-sponsored poll) to receive an A+ rating from the polling and data analysis organization FiveThirtyEight.

An applied survey researcher since 1986, Gary has authored or co-authored articles in Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology and a variety of other peer-reviewed journals, written a handful of book chapters and given scores of presentations on the meaning and measurement of public attitudes.

Gary writes: "I’m honored to be nominated to join Council as associate standards chair."

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Standards Chair help to address them?
We work at a time of great innovation and experimentation in efforts to measure and understand public opinion. At least as important as our having standards is our commitment to share details of our methodologies, traditional and nontraditional alike, with the research community. By encouraging replication and the ongoing assessment of research claims, we can help ensure that the contributions of the research enterprise remain as valued and valuable in the future as they have been across AAPOR’s long history.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Standards Chair?
My career-long focus on research standards and methodological transparency alike have prepared me for the position of associate standards chair. If elected, in addition to supporting the work of incoming standards chair Rene Bautista, I’d like to devote my time on Council to further integrating the Transparency Initiative into the warp and woof of AAPOR and the research community beyond. Working both internally and with other like-minded professional associations, we can use the TI, the AAPOR Code and related efforts to fully integrate the essential role of disclosure into our work as research professionals.

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Tim Triplett
 
Timothy Triplett is a senior survey methodologist in the Urban Institute’s Statistical Methods Group. He works on studies involving survey data collection, complex sample designs and random experimental designs.  He conducts methodological research addressing such issues as estimating non-response bias, weighting strategies, and imputation procedures   Tim has over 30 years of survey research experience, including responsibility for national, statewide and regional projects, sample design, and developing questionnaires.   He has written and presented over 25 survey methodology papers and served as the program chair for the 1998 International Field Directors and Technology Conference.  He authored a chapter on using surveys for the 2015 fourth edition of the “Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation.”
 
 Before joining the Urban Institute, Tim was the sampling, programming, and senior project manager at the Survey Research Center, University of Maryland at College Park.   During his tenure, Tim helped organize and teach sampling for the Joint Program in Survey Methodology’s practicum.  He also managed the American Time Use project that later became a core survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Tim managed and helped redesign the DC-AAPOR website from 2007 to 2012 and was awarded in 2012, the “DC-AAPOR 2012 Outstanding Service Award” in recognition of these efforts.  He also served as Secretary and Membership Chair for DC-AAPOR (2007-2008).
Tim’s involvement with AAPOR started in 1986 at the annual conference working with John Robinson on research comparing time diaries of houses with and without telephones.  He spent six year working on the membership committee, six years on the standards committee and for the past 3 years has been co-chair of the Transparency Initiative (TI) Coordinating Committee.  Tim also served on the AAPOR survey refusal task force, producing the report “Current Knowledge and Considerations Regarding Survey Refusals that defines; what is a refusal?”   Tim has enjoyed working with TI member organizations and helping them pass their biennial reviews that recertify their commitment to remaining a TI member.

Tim writes: "It is an honor to be nominated to serve on the AAPOR council and with the vast changes occurring in our industry it is also a great time to be working with the Standards Committee."

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Associate Standards Chair help to address them?
Perhaps the biggest challenge that AAPOR faces is the growing public cynicism with survey polls and survey research.   Technological advancements have led to a rising   number of surveys and a much more skeptical public that is reluctant to answer questions by any survey mode.  Creativity in boosting response rates and looking at limitations introduced by rates lower than desired is more essential than ever before.  
   
The Standard’s Committee has an important role in addressing concerns about population coverage, single-digit response rates, and rising costs associated with probability-based samples that have led to a wider acceptance of non-probability sampling methods.   The Standard’s Committee should issue guidance in areas such as nonprobability sampling, data visualization, big data analytics and best practices for qualitative research.  It is also important that the Standard’s Committee work closely with the AAPOR Communications, Education, and Transparency Initiative Committees to disseminate these guidelines.

How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Associate Standards Chair?
Working full-time in Survey Research for over three decades has allowed me to see many changes in standards and best practices.  Along the way, I have worked with many great researchers that have influenced my understanding of industry standards.  In my current position, as senior survey methodologist I am responsible for monitoring the quality of surveys conducted by or on behalf of the Urban Institute. In a real sense, I develop and maintain research methods standards at Urban Institute and conduct training on best practices.  Becoming the Standard chair would represent a natural extension of my work.  Also, I am the co-chair of the Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee and participate in many other AAPOR matters.  My experience with both being a member of the Standard’s Committee and co-chair of the Transparency Initiative gives me the confidence needed to handle the position of Associate Standard’s chair.
 
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Mary Losch
 
Mary Losch is Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research.  The Center conducts applied research that utilizes numerous types of survey and other quantitative and qualitative methodologies to support academic research and inform policy decision-making at the local, state and national level. Mary received her PhD at the University of Iowa studying attitudes and psychophysiology with John Cacioppo.  She worked in the private sector as a survey research analyst and then as Program Director at the UI Social Science Institute (1988-1998).  In 1998, she joined the faculty at UNI and became Assistant Director of the UNI Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) where she was named Director in 2014.  At UI, she served as vice-chair of the social science IRB and served on As Hoc Conflict of Interest committee.  At UNI, she served on the IRB and chaired the committee from 2001-2006.  In 2008, she served on the steering committee to establish the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). 
 
Mary has directed dozens of survey and applied research projects in the areas of public policy, health behavior, and program evaluation among others.  She serves as a reviewer for a several academic journals including Public Opinion Quarterly and has contributed to Survey Practice and many other social science and public health journals.
 
An active member of AAPOR since 1991, Mary has contributed to the organization in a variety of roles.  At annual meetings, she has been a conference presenter, session chair, and discussant.  She has served two terms on AAPOR’s Executive Council and on numerous committees.  On the Executive Council, she has served as Standards Chair (2008-2009) and in 2014-2015 as Secretary-Treasurer.  As a member of the Standards Committee (2001-2009), she chaired the IRB Task Force and led the effort to revise and update the AAPOR Statement to IRBs. While Secretary-Treasurer, she was also part of the Conference Steering Committee, Development, Financial Oversight, Investment and Sustaining Sponsorship Committees.  Other service includes chairing the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Code of Professional Ethics and Practice (2009-2010) and serving as a member of the same committee in 2014-2015.  During 2014-2015 she served as a member of the Ad Hoc TCPA Committee and served on the AAPOR Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee from 2012-2018.  She was a member of the AAPOR Award Committee in 2014-2015, the 2018 Policy Impact Award Committee and the 2019 AAPOR Award Committee.

Mary writes:  "I believe that how we spend our time truly reflects our values.  I have invested my time in AAPOR because I believe in its mission and am committed to its continued growth and success.  AAPOR’s steadfast commitment to advancing survey science and advocating for methodological excellence has provided the foundation for my career.  AAPOR has been and will always be my professional home.  In my early career, AAPOR taught me the fundamentals and in recent years, it has continued to guide me as we face challenges to our methods and empirical assumptions.  This organization provides an invaluable service to the profession.  AAPOR members – strengthened by their diverse cross-sector foci -- possess a formidable breadth and depth of knowledge that they generously share to the benefit of their colleagues and the larger discipline.  AAPOR is a rare and special organization.  I am honored to be nominated as Counselor-at-Large.  If elected, it would be my privilege to focus my energies and work once more with the Executive Council to serve the organization and its members."
 
What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Councilor-at-Large help to address them?
We are in a time of significant “disruption” in our profession and in the world.  One of the key challenges to the field is determining how best to identify and maintain what is most valuable from our traditional survey methods while simultaneously learning and incorporating new methods/technologies/approaches to advance survey science.  The speed of technological innovation threatens to outpace our ability to adequately develop and test new methods and build theoretical foundations that provide our empirical moorings.  However, as we are forced to keep pace, these same pressures provide opportunities for significant advances.  While I often lament those more predictable times (and higher response rates), I remain excited about the work we do and what we can bring to the table to increase the precision and value of our measures.
 
Along with the Executive Council, the Counselor-at-Large provides both a sense of the longstanding achievements and challenges to provide some “seasoned” leadership for the organization.  If elected, I would work to assure that AAPOR continues to be both a vehicle for the creation of high impact information and an advocate for the highest methodological and ethical standards in survey science.  Serving as a unique source of professional development for our profession, I think it is more important than ever to ensure that AAPOR continue to provide timely, substantive and intelligent content to its members and the broader community. By investing in the organization and its members, AAPOR will continue to make important contributions to the broader survey science community which ensures the continued vitality and growth of the organization.
 
How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Councilor-at-Large?
I believe my experiences both inside and outside of AAPOR have prepared me for the responsibilities of Counselor-at-Large.  I began my career in a market research firm and then shifted to applied work in an academic setting. Designing and leading research projects has provided numerous opportunities to understand the varied dynamics and research needs of private sector, government, and non-profit agencies.  Over several decades, my work chairing and contributing to numerous AAPOR committees coupled with my previous terms on Council have provided me with a deep understanding of this organization and its history.  I believe my experiences both inside and outside the association have positioned me exceptionally well to serve in this position.

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Jon Krosnick
 
Winner of the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding research, and the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology, Jon Krosnick is Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Communication, Professor of Political Science, and (by courtesy) Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, director of the Political Psychology Research Group at Stanford, and director of the Summer Institute in Political Psychology at Stanford, as well as Research Psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau. He has also been an Adjunct Research Investigator at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Krosnick has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Following his undergraduate training in psychology at Harvard University and PhD training in social psychology from the University of Michigan, his first professorship was in the departments of psychology and political science at The Ohio State University, where he spent 18 years on the faculty before moving to Stanford.
 
Dr. Krosnick is an expert on the psychology of attitudes, especially in the area of politics.  He has been co-principal investigator of the American National Election Study, the nation's preeminent academic research project exploring voter decision-making and political campaign effects.  For more than 30 years, Dr. Krosnick has studied how the American public's political attitudes are formed, change, and shape thinking and action.  His publications explore the causes of people decisions about whether to vote, for whom to vote, whether to approve of the President’s performance, whether to take action to influence government policy-making on a specific issue, and much more.
 
His attitude research has focused primarily on the notion of attitude strength, seeking to differentiate attitudes that are firmly crystallized and powerfully influential of thinking and action from attitudes that are flexible and inconsequential. Many of his studies in this area have focused on the amount of personal importance that an individual chooses to attach to an attitude.  Dr. Krosnick’s studies have illuminated the origins of attitude importance and the cognitive and behavioral consequences of importance in regulating attitude impact and attitude change processes.

Among the topics explored by Dr. Krosnick’s political psychology research are: how policy debates affect voters’ candidate preferences, how the news media shape which national problems citizens think are most important for the nation and shape how citizens evaluate the President’s job performance, how becoming very knowledgeable about and emotionally invested in a government policy issue (such as abortion or gun control) affects people’s political thinking and participation, how people’s political views change as they move through the life-cycle from early adulthood to old age, and how the order of candidates’ names on the ballot affect voting behavior.

Throughout his career, he has also studied questionnaire design and survey research methods following his training by Howard Schuman and Duane Alwin.  His work in this area has illuminated the cognitive and social processes that unfold between researcher and respondent when the latter are asked to answer questions, and his on-going review of 100 years of scholarly research on the topic has yielded a set of guidelines for the optimal design of questionnaires to maximize reliability and validity.  His recent research has focused on how other aspects of survey methodology (e.g., collecting data by interviewing face-to-face vs. by telephone or on paper questionnaires) can be optimized to maximize accuracy.

Dr. Krosnick has taught courses for professionals on survey methods for more than 30 years around the world and has served as a methodology consultant to government agencies, commercial firms, and academic scholars.  

Dr. Krosnick’s Political Psychology Research Group (PPRG) is a cross-disciplinary team of scholars who conduct empirical studies of the psychology of political behavior and studies seeking to optimize research methodology for studying political psychology. 
Dr. Krosnick also directs the Summer Institute in Political Psychology, an annual event that brings 60 students and professionals from around the world to Stanford for intensive training in political psychology theory and methods.

In addition to spending time with his wife, Catherine Heaney, also a Stanford faculty member, and their daughter, Alexandra, who is in the Ph.D. program in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Dr. Krosnick plays drums with the 28-year-old contemporary jazz group, Charged Particles, which has released two CD's internationally and tours across the U.S. and abroad (www.chargedparticles.com).‚Äč

Jon writes: "It is a privilege to have been nominated to serve again on AAPOR Council.  Since my first visit to an AAPOR conference in 1984, when I was lucky enough to win the Student Paper Competition (along with now-deceased Professor Robert Kubey from Rutgers), AAPOR has been my most important professional association.  As a psychologist and political scientist, I belong to associations in those fields and attend their meetings.  But AAPOR so perfectly embraces my interests in public opinion, politics, and survey methods that it has always felt like my natural intellectual and professional “home”.  Perhaps even more importantly, my devotion to AAPOR is a bond that I share with some of my closest friends and colleagues and collaborators, including my mentors, my coauthors, and my students.  And my professional commitment to working both in the academic world and in the worlds of business and government mirrors AAPOR’s membership and agenda.  Serving an organization that has done so much for me represents an opportunity for me to “give back”."

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing our field, and how can the Councilor-at-Large help to address them?
Headlines in recent years have asked over and over again, “Why did the polls get it wrong?”.   And the rise of big data has led some observers to ask why bother collecting survey data at all.  Perhaps not since 1948 has the enterprise of survey research and the community of survey researchers been questioned so profoundly.  And yet at the same time, survey research continues to be carried out and has impact in academia, business, and government.  For example, some have said that President Trump put the government back to work in late January partly because of survey evidence documenting the public’s views of what had been unfolding in Washington.  And many organizations continue to make their most important decisions based on survey evidence, such as measurements of the unemployment rate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. Thus, the appetite for surveys remains substantial, giving us the opportunity and incentive to continue refining and improving our methodology, to carry out our work and generate high quality insights, and to disseminate what we learn in a world that recognizes the value of our enterprise.  I hope to assist Council in thinking through AAPOR’s role in accomplishing all of these ideals while also managing whatever unexpected, high-visibility events unfold during my term.
 
How does your background and experience prepare you to handle the job of Councilor-at-Large?
I served on Council in 2002 and 2003 as Assistant Conference Chair and then Conference Chair, which allowed me to attend Council meetings and watch the group do its business on all the issues it faced, including making a transition to a new management firm.  I also watched the Councilors-at-Large fulfill their duties: offering big-picture advice inspired by lessons learned while observing the organization over a period of decades.  Running the conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know our membership by reading countless abstracts describing impressive work.  And perhaps the highlight was hosting the standing-room-only plenary when Arianna Huffington surprised us all by endorsing the value of survey research (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUa4Fn0JoC0) while sharing the stage with AAPOR experts Roger Tourangeau, Bob Shapiro, and Rich Morin, who had come to highlight the virtues of survey research following what they had expected would be less-than-friendly remarks.  I have also been a member of AAPOR Committees and a Task Force, which offered great opportunities to see our collective decision-making process in action.  In addition, I have had administrative experiences while at Ohio State University and at Stanford which have taught me how to be an effective team member.
 
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