2022 MAPOR Fall Webinar Series

Military Populations Research Best Practices Webinar

Amanda Barry
Director of Military Workplace Climate Research
Fors Marsh

January 27th at 11:30am to 12:30pm CST

Title: Military Populations Research Best Practices

Presenters: Amanda Barry

Duration: 60 min

Many researchers have challenges with surveying and engaging sample members, but this can be even more challenging for active-duty military, families, and veterans.  During this webinar, we will discuss the best practices for conducting research with this unique population.

About the presenters:

Amanda Barry is the director of Military Workplace Climate Research at Fors Marsh where she oversees a research portfolio that leverages qualitative and quantitative methods to examine different facets of workplace culture and climate with a key focus on gender relations and equal opportunity within the military. Her research spans a wide range of Department of Defense populations, including members of the active duty and reserve components, military service academy cadets and midshipmen, DOD civilians, and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) personnel.

October 27 Webinar

Considering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Research

Justine Bulgar-Medina, Ph.D.
Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago

October 27th, 12-1 pm central time

ADMISSION (Pandemic Special): 
$20 for non-members
$10 for MAPOR members
Free for student members

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Please join us for an informative and interactive presentation on crafting questions to measure Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in surveys. SOGI is measured in a variety of ways across surveys and research studies, but which SOGI question, or set of questions, is best for your study or target study population? Justine Bulgar-Medina, Ph.D. is a Research Methodologist at NORC and has dedicated much time and research to address this question. Justine will share her knowledge on the evolution of work on measurement error in SOGI populations in the MAPOR fall webinar on October 27th.

About Justine: In addition to her work at NORC, Justine also teaches courses in research methods and public policy at Northwestern.  Prior to joining NORC & Northwestern, Justine was a faculty member at Merrimack College where she taught courses in research methods, statistics, public policy and criminology. Justine completed her doctoral work in Sociology & Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Justine’s work focuses on looking at measurement error in surveys, especially measurement error in minority and multiple minority areas, with a focus on culturally responsive and inclusive approaches.  She has presented on these topics at several conferences (including MAPOR and AAPOR), as well as offered short courses for UNC’s Odum Institute.  Along with other researchers in the field Justine has been active in organizing AAPOR panels on SOGI populations.  

April 30 Webinar

Conducting Research in a Virtual Environment and What the Post-COVID “New Normal” Might Look Like for Qualitative Researchers

Andrew Stavisky
Assistant Director
Applied Research and Methods Group
US Government Accountability Office
Isaac Rogers
CEO, 20|20 Research
Chief Innovation Officer, Schlesinger Group

April 30th, 12-1 pm central time

ADMISSION (Pandemic Special): 
$20 for non-members
$10 for MAPOR members
Free for student members

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Candidates for Office – 2021

We are pleased to present the candidates for 2021-2022 MAPOR Executive Council, shown in alphabetical order by position as follows (click each name for the candidate’s biography): 

Vice President/President Elect       

Justine Bulgar-Medina

David Sterrett

Associate Conference Chair  

Y. Patrick Hsieh

Benjamin Schapiro

Associate Secretary-Treasurer

Lindsey Witt-Swanson

As per Article IV: Section 2 of our bylaws “any group of at least twenty-five (25) members entitled to vote at any annual or special meeting of the members may nominate another candidate or candidates for office by so notifying in writing the President within twenty (20) days after the delivery, mailing or e-mailing of such names.” Please note that any candidate must be current AAPOR and MAPOR members and you should check that they are willing to serve. The deadline for adding candidates to the ballot is October 12, 2021.

The election will take place from October 29 – November 9, 2021. 

Hillary Hanson – Candidate for Associate Conference Chair

Hillary Hanson is the Assistant Director of the University of Chicago Survey Lab. She started her survey research career at the Survey Lab in 2011 as a project coordinator and currently specializes in web surveys and in planning, staffing, training, and monitoring progress for field studies. She especially enjoys the opportunity to train students in data collection methods and to introduce them to the field of survey research. Hillary has been a member of MAPOR since 2011 and appreciates the approachable nature of the conference and the opportunity to learn from other attendees who do similar work. She also regularly attends and presents at the International Field Directors and Technologies Conference (IFD&TC). Hillary received her BS in psychology from Iowa State University and completed the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Leah Dean – Candidate for Associate Conference Chair

Leah Dean is a survey scientist in the Survey Research Division at RTI International. Her expertise is in health surveys and health policy. She has served on the MAPOR Council and as a member of the MAPOR Conference Committee since 2020. She also serves as a member of AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative Committee. Leah earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati, where she worked at the Institute for Policy Research prior to joining RTI International. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation in the Red River Gorge region of Kentucky. Leah serves as secretary to the organization and assists in the planning and execution of their major fundraiser.

Kevin Ulrich – for Vice President/President-Elect

Kevin Ulrich is the Director of the University of Chicago Survey Lab. In this role he plans, implements, and oversees data collection and consulting services for academic and non-profit organizations. His expertise includes developing and applying strategies to efficiently maximize recruitment and retention of survey participants. Kevin regularly develops and conducts training on survey methodology and data collection procedures with research assistants and staff. Kevin previously managed the Survey Research Program at Group Health Research Institute (now the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute). In that role, he oversaw and managed data collection for all survey-related studies and provided methodological consultation to the Institute’s faculty and their collaborators. 

Kevin has been an AAPOR and MAPOR member since 2006. He joined the MAPOR Executive Council in 2015 and served as the webinar coordinator in 2015 and 2016. He was the Associate Secretary Treasurer in 2017 and 2018 and has been the Secretary Treasurer since 2019. In 2019, Kevin led the group that developed MAPOR’s Operational Reserve Policy. Kevin was a member of AAPOR’s online education subcommittee from 2016-2020. He has also served on the Executive Council of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). Kevin holds a BA and MA in social science from the University of Chicago. He is a US Navy veteran.

Kevin has significantly benefitted both professionally and personally from being a MAPOR member and is eager to continue his MAPOR service and colleagueship as Vice President/President-Elect.

Bob Davis – for Vice President/President-Elect

Bob Davis is the president and second generation owner of the public opinion research company Davis Research.  Bob has served on the board of PAPOR for 10 years, including the 3 year president track, membership chair and councilor at large in charge of education.  Bob is an engaged member of the AAPOR membership family including heading up AAPOR’s Task force on TCPA.  A lot has changed in research since his first job in the early 1970’s where his mom paid him $0.25 an hour to tape quarters to mail surveys.  He looks forward to learning from MAPOR and sharing his learning from his years on PAPOR’s council.