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PD Webinar:Behind the Curtain: AAPOR Committees, Volunteering, and Leadership Opportunities

Tim Johnson, Gretchen McHenry & David Sterrett
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM CDT/ 1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT/ 10:00 - 11:30 AM PDT

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About This Course:

AAPOR has many separate components and plenty of spots where volunteers take up roles that keep our organization moving. This webinar discusses why you should think about volunteering with AAPOR and how you actually put your name in the hat to become a volunteer. The presenters will talk about the different structures that make up AAPOR and how volunteers play a part in each one. This will include a discussion of committees, subcommittees, taskforces, the executive council, membership chapters, and affinity groups. Each of these components play a vital role in the continued success of AAPOR as an organization and many are only possible because of volunteers. Join us as the Education Committee welcomes Tim Johnson, Gretchen McHenry, and David Sterrett to learn about some of the groups within AAPOR and the crucial role that volunteers continue to play within AAPOR.

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Learning Objectives:

  • The roles volunteers take up within AAPOR
  • Learning about committees, taskforces, membership chapters, executive council, and affinity groups
  • How to volunteer and become involved

About the Instructors:

Tim Johnson, Gretchen McHenry & David Sterrett

Tim Johnson, Past AAPOR President
Timothy Johnson is professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has directed the Survey Research Laboratory there for 22 years. During that time, his research has focused on cross-cultural survey methodology and on health behaviors among vulnerable populations. He served as AAPOR President for 2017-18, and has previously served AAPOR as Standards Chair and as Chair of the Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and he received the John M. Kennedy Achievement Award from the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations in 2018.
Gretchen McHenry, chair of the Volunteer Coordination Subcommittee
Gretchen McHenry is a survey methodologist at RTI International. She has worked in various positions at RTI, both in methodology and field work, for a decade. 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 use and mental health issues, and accurate measurement of LGBTQ populations. 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.
David Sterrett, chair of the Chapter Liaison and Support Subcommittee
David Sterrett is a Research Scientist with The Associated Press-NORC Center of Public Affairs Research. Since joining NORC in 2014, his research has focused on political attitudes, news consumption, and survey methodology. He has experience managing multi-mode surveys, and overseeing questionnaire development, data analysis, and reporting for a wide variety of public affairs projects. Prior to joining NORC, he worked in survey research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science. For the last three years he has been a member of AAPOR’S Membership & Chapter Relations Committee and has served as chair of the Chapter Liaison and Support Subcommittee. He has been a MAPOR member since 2011.