It’s time to elect the next MAPOR council members to begin roles in November 2023.  We currently have three open positions open for election: Vice-president/President-elect, Associate Secretary/Treasurer, and Associate Conference Chair.  We have three wonderful candidates, one running for each position.  Their bios are listed below. 

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Vice-President/President-Elect: Candidate Patrick Hsieh

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Y. Patrick Hsieh is a research survey methodologist and digital sociologist in the Survey Methodology Program in RTI International’s Data Practice Area. His expertise includes developing mixed-method research, designing social media campaign for sample recruitment, and integrating digital technologies and technology-enabled research practices, such as crowdsourcing and citizen science, into survey methodology to improve research design and data quality. Patrick has served on the MAPOR Council as the webinar series coordinator between 2016 and 2021, MAPOR Conference Support Committee between 2018 and 2020, the associate conference chair of the 2022 Annual Conference, and is currently organizing the 2023 Annual Conference as the conference chair. He also served in AAPOR’s Public Service Award committee between 2020 and 2022. Patrick earned his Ph.D. in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University’s School of Communication in 2014. Prior to joining RTI International. Patrick’s dissertation has won the best student paper award of MAPOR in 2013 and he has been attending MAPOR since then.

Associate Secretary/Treasurer: Candidate Semilla Stripp

Semilla Stripp is a Senior Research Associate with the Public Affairs and Media Research Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Semilla joined NORC in 2019 after graduating with a degree in political science from Macalester College, spending much of her first few years working on the data management and delivery team for various elections as part of AP VoteCast. Semilla presented at her first (virtual) MAPOR conference in 2020 and has enjoyed attending in-person ever since to connect with and learn from colleagues and other conference attendees. She appreciates the welcoming attitude towards students and new members and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the community in a new role.

Associate Conference Chair: Candidate Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher is a Senior Research Director at NORC at the University of Chicago, where she started her survey research career in 2008. Her area of expertise is field and web survey data collection in social science research, having worked on data collection projects for over 15 years. This will be her first time serving on the MAPOR Council, but she has been a member of AAPOR and MAPOR since 2009 and has presented at both conferences many times. Her current research projects at NORC include the General Social Survey and several projects that collect survey data on indigenous and tribal lands. Other interests include training field staff and leveraging technology to facilitate their work and technological innovations in data collection and quality.  Beth received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Beth has always encouraged her colleagues to learn and grow through engagement with professional associations, including MAPOR, and is excited to contribute to MAPOR as the associate conference chair in 2023-2024.