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The AAPOR Education Committee’s Diversity Subcommittee is excited to announce our first-ever AAPOR SurveyFest!
SurveyFest is a one-day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate and graduate students from diverse social and demographic characteristics (e.g., sex, gender, gender identity, age, race, religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation, or disability status) to consider graduate studies and careers in the fields of public opinion and survey research.

Professionals from the public sector, private sector and academia will participate in panel discussions about their careers and offer insight and advice to participants. A panel with graduate directors as well as a panel with internship directors/recruiters will also offer information and advice about internship and graduate school opportunities.


If you are interested in attending the 2018 SurveyFest, please register here.
When: November 3, 2018
Where: University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
Room 605, Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Who will attend: Students from colleges and universities in the Chicago metro area. 

Included for you in your attendance will be a free lunch…and you thought there was no such thing as a free lunch!

For a complete 2018 SurveyFest Program, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering to speak, please contact Cynthia Miller.

Thanks in advance for your participation.
Audris Campbell
Member of the AAPOR Education Committee’s Diversity Subcommittee
Email: audris.campbell@me.com 

Register Today!

​Featured Speakers:

Peter V. Miller, PhD.
Miller-(1).pngPeter V. Miller is Senior Researcher for Survey Measurement at the United States Bureau of the Census.  He joined the staff of the Census Bureau in 2011 as Chief of the Center for Survey Measurement. He was named Chief Scientist of the Center for Adaptive Design in 2013.  In his current role, he consults with staff in the Bureau’s Research and Methodology, Decennial and Demographic Directorates on a variety of methodological issues.
Miller is a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology.  He chairs the FCSM Nonresponse Bias Working Group and Adaptive Design Interest Group.  He also co-chairs a Task Force on Improving the Climate for Surveys, sponsored by the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Statistical Association. 
Before arriving at Census, Miller spent 29 years on the faculty at Northwestern University, where he holds an appointment as Professor Emeritus.  Miller was Editor-in-Chief of Public Opinion Quarterly from 2001 to 2008.  He is the editor of a special issue of POQ on “Survey Research, Today and Tomorrow,” which was published in 2017.  He has held several elective offices in the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), most recently serving as President in 2009-2010.  During his tenure as President, Miller launched the Association’s Transparency Initiative. 
Miller received the Harry W. O’Neill Award for Outstanding Achievement from the New York Chapter of AAPOR in 2012.  He was also named a Fellow of the Midwest Chapter of AAPOR in 2012.  In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.  In 2017, Miller received the AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Lifetime Achievement.
Miller was born in Pontiac, Michigan and earned AB and PhD degrees at the University of Michigan.

Audris Campbell
campbell-(1).jpgAudris Campbell, a Survey Research Methodologist/Consulting Analyst at Gallup, specializes in research design and analytics. Her primary areas of expertise are questionnaire development, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and data collection and implementation.
Audris advises on research design for domestic and international studies. She currently serves as the World Poll Questionnaire Design Lead for Asia and North America and advises clients and internal partners on research design as a member of the Gallup Panel Research Team.
She has authored research reports for Gallup and co-authored conference papers that have been presented at the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the Midwest Association of Public Opinion Research (MAPOR).
Audris received a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Survey Research from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She also received a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. In 2017, she was awarded AAPOR’s Burns “Bud” Roper Fellow award and Gallup’s Rising Star award.
Dr. Risé Jones
jones-(1).jpgDr. Jones is a partner at Evaluation Solutions, a research and evaluation consulting firm that facilitates capacity building and effective, integrated organizational solutions. In addition, Dr. Jones is co-founder/Executive Director of Hamilton Wings, a non-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting leadership, self-development, and achievement. Dr. Jones holds a doctorate in public policy analysis, and her research and evaluation work have been in the areas of public health and underserved communities; youth development and enrichment programs; and the use of qualitative methodologies to understand many social inequities.
Vicki J. Pineau
pineau-(1).jpgVicki J. Pineau is a Senior Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology Department at NORC at the University of Chicago.  Ms. Pineau is a veteran sampling statistician and survey research methodologist – over thirty years of experience in survey and sample design covering a myriad of government and public interest surveys and censuses in Vaccines and Immunizations, health policy, income, labor force, poverty, program participation and agriculture.
Pineau has worked for both private and public sector organizations: U.S. Census Bureau, Nielsen Mobile, Abt Associates, Knowledge Networks, TNS, and NORC at the University of Chicago.
She has served on several committees for the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), including the Standards Committee and the Chair or the Diversity Subcommittee of the Education Committee.
Pineau's experience spans traditional government sponsored area probability sampling to new and innovative Internet sampling methods for custom and syndicated research across a multitude of consumer products and services, government and academic sponsors. Her focus in all endeavors is to implement sound research methods across multiple sampling sources and survey modes and ensure the highest quality data possible with the ultimate goal of exceeding customer needs and expectations.

Curtiss Cobb, Ph.D

Curtiss-Cobb-Photo-(1).jpgCurtiss Cobb leads the Demography and Survey Science Team at Facebook, a quantitative focused research team that works across Facebook and the family of apps to identify and share best practices and methodological innovations in demographic and survey research.  His team oversees the collection of millions of survey responses a day from around the world using mobile, web, face-to-face and other methods.  Prior to Facebook, Curtiss was Senior Director of Survey Methodology at GfK and consulted on survey studies for clients such as the Associated Press, Pew Research Center, CDC, U.S. State Department and numerous academic studies. Curtiss received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. in Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences from Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University.

James Wagner, Ph.D

James-Wagner-Photo.jpgJames Wagner is Associate Director of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM) at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. He received his PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan in 2008. His research is in the area of nonresponse. He is interested in the use of responsive and adaptive survey design techniques aimed at improving the quality of survey data. He is also interested in indicators for the quality of survey data, especially proxy indicators for the risk of nonresponse bias.


Maria Krysan, Ph.D

Maria-Krysan-Photo.jpgMaria Krysan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995), is a Professor and Head in the Department of Sociology and professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She focuses her research on racial residential segregation and racial attitudes.  Her investigations of these substantive issues often connect to methodological questions about how to study this sensitive area of social life.  She combines standard closed-ended survey analysis with mode of administration experiments, analyses of open-ended survey questions, focus groups, and in-depth interviews.  Her most recent award-winning book, co-authored with Kyle Crowder, is Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification (Russell Sage Foundation, 2017).  She is also co-author (with H. Schuman, L. Bobo and C. Steeh) of the book Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (Harvard University Press, Revised Edition, 1997), and is responsible for a website that updates the data from that book (http://igpa.uillinois.edu/programs/racialattitudes).  In addition to an edited volume with Amanda Lewis (The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity, Russell Sage Foundation), her most recent work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Social Problems, and The DuBois Review.  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Russell Sage Foundation, and Ford Foundation. 

Joe Murphy

Joe-Murphy-Photo.jpgJoe Murphy is senior survey methodologist in RTI International’s Survey Research Division. His research focuses on the application of new technologies to improve the quality, relevance, and efficiency of survey research. In recent years, Joe has investigated social media as a supplement survey data, with a detailed focus on Twitter. He also investigates optimal designs for multimode data collection platforms, data visualization, crowdsourcing, and social research in virtual worlds. Joe’s research experience includes the substantive topics of energy, hospitals and health care, and substance use and mental health.

Ipek Bilgen, Ph.D

Ipek Bilgen is a Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago. She has received both her Ph.D. and M.S. from the Survey Research and Methodology Program (SRAM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bilgen is AmeriSpeak’s lead survey methodologist and has over a decade of experience in applied survey methods. Bilgen also serves as affiliate faculty at SRAM at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches a graduate-level research methods course on survey questionnaire design.
To date at NORC, Bilgen has managed numerous multi-mode projects which required her expertise about decisions regarding web, computer-assisted telephone, and mail contact and implementation strategies, effective interviewing techniques, and considerations of total survey error. Bilgen has published and co-authored articles in Journal of Official Statistics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Survey Practice, Social Currents, Social Science Computer Review, Field Methods, and Quality and Quantity on issues related to interviewing methodology, web surveys, cognition and communication, nonresponse and measurement errors in surveys. She is a frequent speaker in major national and international conferences on survey methodology. Her current research includes investigation of panel non-response follow-up, panel recruitment and data collection methodology, internet sampling and recruitment approaches, total survey error sources, and questionnaire design and survey implementation issues.
Bilgen is currently serving as vice-president/president-elect for Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR). In the past, she has served as MAPOR Conference Chair and Secretary Treasurer. Bilgen is currently serving on American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)’s Membership and Chapter Relations and Standards Committees.

Jane Burchfield

Jane Burchfield is the Director of Talent Acquisition for NORC at the University of Chicago, an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers data and analysis to its clients and partners. Bringing more than 20 years of diverse human resources and talent acquisition experience to her role, Jane has spent the past 10 applying her recruiting expertise to bolster NORC’s research departments and program areas with some of the most credentialed authorities in the social science and survey research sectors. Prior to joining NORC, she worked in organizational development and HR at Accenture and KPMG.  Jane holds a BA in American history from Kalamazoo College and an MBA in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Y. Patrick Hsieh, Ph.D

Dr. Y. Patrick Hsieh is a survey methodologist and digital sociologist in the Program for Research in Survey Methodology (PRISM) in RTI International’s Survey Research Division. His expertise includes developing mixed-method research, designing social media campaign for sample recruitment, developing traditional and Web-based questionnaires, and integrating digital technologies and technology-enabled research practices into survey methodology to improve research design and data quality. Specifically, Dr. Hsieh’s methodological research focuses on how to incorporate new communication technologies such as mobile phones and social media into questionnaires as a form of recall aids. He also examines participant behavior and data quality in using technology-enabled practices, such as crowdsourcing and citizen science, to collect research data. Dr. Hsieh’s substantive research experiences concern the implications of digital technologies for social relationships and digital inequalities in people’s social, psychological, and economic well-being.

Qiao Ma, Ph.D

Qiao Ma is a Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Ma has more than 4 years of experience in statistical analysis and survey methodology, with expertise in the areas of sampling designs, weighting methods, imputation, total survey errors, statistical modeling and data science. She has been involved in a lot of projects including the National Immunization Survey, Admitted Class Evaluation Service Reporting System, Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey, AP VoteCast, etc.
Prior to joining NORC, Ma worked on her Master's and PhD’s program in Statistics and minor in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. During her graduate studies, Ma also served as a research assistant at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Lisbeth Goble, Ph.D

Dr. Goble is a Senior Survey Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public well-being. Mathematica conducts policy research, data collection, and data analytics for the public and private sectors.  Dr. Goble has expertise developing and administering surveys, drafting interview protocols, conducting qualitative interviews, and analyzing data for a range of studies, primarily related to education and employment.  She has extensive experience conducting data collection for random assignment studies and working with a range of study participants, from preschool-aged children to high school drop-outs.  Dr. Goble has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University, an M.A. in Quantitative Methods in Social Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Statistics from the University of Michigan.  Prior to entering her doctoral program, Dr. Goble started her career as a survey specialist at NORC at University of Chicago where she worked on a number of large-scale data collections including the General Social Survey and the New Immigrant Survey.

Allyson Holbrook

Holbrook.jpgAllyson Holbrook is a Professor in Public Administration and Psychology and a Research Professor at the Survey Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned a B.A. in psychology and political science from Dickinson College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the Ohio State University. Allyson has been conducting survey research and teaching survey methods courses as a faculty member for more than fifteen years. Allyson’s current research addresses measurement issues in surveys, specifically dealing with response effects and possible errors introduced by survey context. She is also working on projects examining public opinion about policies like workplace policies to increase diversity and a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution. She teaches courses on a variety of topics related to survey methods including questionnaire design, survey nonresponse, ethics in survey research, and the history of survey research. She is the co-director of UIC’s Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methods and teaches in its online Certificate in Survey Research Methods program. Allyson is also the author of numerous conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles.

Dr. McCoy

GWB-4212_BIO-photo.jpgDr. McCoy is an Associate Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her A.B. in African American Studies and Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.J. in child and family law from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, and her Ph.D. in social work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research includes examining the intersection of mental health and juvenile delinquency, particularly for African American males. She was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Boston College, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to explore the mental health screening tool, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument version 2 (MAYSI-2), particularly its lack of measurement equivalence for youth of color. Second, she recently served as the principal investigator of a $1.5 million National Institute of Justice funded study, Understanding the Violent Victimization Experiences of Young Men of Color (SURVIVE), a 3-year, nationwide, mixed methods study focused on creating an instrument that could be used to identify the violent victimization experiences of young Black males ages 18 to 24 as well as increase knowledge about the impact of those experiences and the coping skills, types of services, and supports used as a result.