UWSC’s Kerryann DiLoreto awarded Distinguished Status by the UW-Madison

UWSC is proud to announce that Kerryann DiLoreto, Senior Project Director with UWSC for over 24 years, has been awarded Distinguished Status by the UW-Madison. Distinguished status is awarded to academic staff members with extensive experience, and advanced knowledge and skills.

The conferral of Distinguished status is reserved for a small number of academic staff who:

  • Demonstrate superlative accomplishments evidenced by peer recognition beyond the work unit
  • Possess and demonstrate evidence of at least ten years of progressively more responsible experience in their field.

Kerryann has proven herself an invaluable member of the UW-Madison’s academic staff throughout her 24 years of service to the university. Kerryann’s commitment to conducting high quality academic survey research and helping to innovate new and groundbreaking research methods are recognized across the university, the state, and the country, as attested to by the enthusiastic letters of support provided by colleagues from the University of Chicago, Princeton, Georgetown University, the International Field Directors & Technologies Conference, and of course, here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Some notable quotes from these letters of support include:

“Kerryann’s contributions to the WLS – and to many other innovative and complex survey research projects in the social and health sciences – are a function of her in-depth knowledge, extensive experience, professionalism, creativity, and collegiality. Her exceptional work, alongside her sound leadership of the UWSC teams and effective collaborations with stakeholders throughout the university and beyond render her an ideal candidate for this recognition.”

– Michal Engelman, PhD MHS, Professor of Sociology, Principal Investigator, Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, Director, Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Kerryann saw the importance of MARS and took me under her wing. She helped me hire a survey statistician who designed the sampling procedures. She helped me with the wording and ordering of survey questions. She told me when I needed to raise more money. She trained and supervised a team of researchers who ventured into some of the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee… I drew heavily on the MARS data when writing the book that emerged from my dissertation, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.”

– Matthew Desmond, Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology. Founder, The Eviction Lab, Princeton University

“Kerryann DiLoreto deserves enormous credit for the success of two of the most important studies of America’s child welfare system conducted in the past two decades. She has the admiration and respect of everyone who worked with her on those projects. I believe she is eminently qualified for the Distinguished Status she is nominated for.”

–Mark E Courtney, PhD, Samuel Deutsch Professor Emeritus; Principal Investigator, California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study


Congratulations Kerryann!