Dr. Schaeffer

Nora Cate Schaeffer

Faculty Director

Dr. Nora Cate Schaeffer is the Faculty Director of UWSC. Dr. Schaeffer assists Center projects by consulting on research and instrument design. Dr. Schaeffer is Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology and former Associate Chair of that department. She teaches courses in survey research methods and conducts research on instrument design and survey measurement and on interaction in the survey interview. She has taught instrument design at the Summer Institute of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan and through the University of Michigan-University of Maryland Joint Program in Survey Methodology.

Her current service includes the Panel on the Future of Social Science Data Collection of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, the General Social Survey Board of Overseers, the Public Opinion Quarterly Advisory Committee of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and the editorial boards for Sociological Methods and Research, and Sociological Methodology. In 2010 she was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

She recently (2009) completed terms as Council on Sections Representative, American Statistical Association, and the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. In the past, she has served on the Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation of the National Research Council; the Technical Review Committee for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; the Panel to Evaluate Alternative Census Methods for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; on the American Statistical Association Technical Advisory Committee on the Survey of Income and Program Participation; on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and on the governing Council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. She has also served on the editorial board for Public Opinion Quarterly. Before receiving her doctorate from the University of Chicago (1984), she worked at the National Opinion Research Center.

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Phone: (608) 262-9051


John Stevenson John Stevenson

Associate Director

John Stevenson is the Associate Director for Research Services at the UW Survey Center. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the overall operation of the Center's projects. This includes management of the yearly $3-4 million dollar budget, overall supervison of 30 full-time and 150-200 part-time staff members, business development, project coordination, budgetary monitoring, staff recruitment and development, and quality control assurance. He is our first line of contact for potential work, and is responsible for developing cost proposals for the Center.

Mr. Stevenson has been Associate Director since 1999, after serving as a Project Director for UWSC for five years. John has a UW-Madison bachelor's degree in Sociology, with a certificate in the Concentration in Analysis and Research (1988). He has also taken graduate course work in Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has over 16 years of experience developing in the field of survey research. He worked as an independent research consultant for CBS News and The New York Times in New York. He has also worked as a Senior Research Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, conducting phone surveys and mail surveys and analyzing data for policy makers. He is also a trained and skilled focus group facilitator.

Phone: (608) 262-9032