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MAPOR Announcements

MAPOR Strategic Plan Released

MAPOR Executive Council is pleased to release the MAPOR Strategic Plan, adopted October 15, 2014. The goal of this strategic plan is to identify key initiatives that are underway at MAPOR and set the stage for MAPOR’s growth for the next five years. Click here to read more.


MAPOR Candidates for Executive Council Announced

MAPOR Executive Council is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2014-2015 MAPOR Executive Council.

Vice President/President-Elect

·         Trent D. Buskirk, MSG

·         Lindsay Hoffman, University of Delaware

Associate Conference Chair

·         Eulalia “Lali” Abril, UIC

·         Ashley Kirzinger, UI-Springfield

Associate Secretary-Treasurer

·         Ned English, NORC

·         Kevin Ulrich, University of Chicago Survey Lab

More information about each candidate can be found here.


MAPOR Methods & Substance Webinar Series

Read more about the inaugural Webinar series here.

  • Visual Design in Surveys: Using Numbers, Symbols, and Graphics Effectively (Jolene Smyth, September 25th, 2014)
  • "Political" Science: Emerging Technologies at the Intersection of Media, Politics and Public Opinion (Dietram Scheufele, October 9, 2014)


Fall 2014 Newsletter

The latest MAPOR newsletter is available here. Learn about the upcoming November conference, candidates for 2014-2015 Executive Council, and other plans for MAPOR!


MAPORNet is launched!

MAPOR members have a new benefit – MAPORNet. MAPORNet is a listserv for MAPOR members to communicate with each other and subscription is needed. MAPORNet can be used the following ways:

  • a forum on which to ask questions
  • for student members and young professionals to ask for advice from more experienced MAPOR members
  • a place to share information about upcoming events or job information
  • other communication that may be of interest to MAPOR members

If you are a MAPOR member and would like information on how to subscribe to MAPORNet, please contact MAPOR President Kristen Olson.




2014 Annual MAPOR Conference

Click here for the DRAFT conference program (last updated 10/9/2014)


Conference Location

NEW!! The 2014 annual MAPOR Conference has a new home - the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Special MAPOR rate $179/night is available through 5pm, Friday, October 31, 2014 through Marriott reservations at (312) 372-7200 or toll-free (800) 468-3571.

2013 Student Paper Winners

Click here to view a complete list of past winners

  • David Sterrett, University of Illinois at Chicago. The Self-Interested Public: How Self-Interest Affects Policy Preferences.
  • Yuli Patrick Hsieh, Northwestern University, Testing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Recall Aids for Personal Networks Survey.

New MAPOR Fellow

Dr. Patricia Moy was named MAPOR Fellow at the 2013 conference. Dr. Moy was a former president of MAPOR, current editor of the Public Opinion Quarterly, and Christy Cressey Professor of Communication at the University of Washington.


Newly elected 2014 MAPOR Officers

These individuals will join the Executive Council to serve in the following roles:

·         2014 Vice President/President-Elect (2015 President): Allyson Holbrook

·         2014 Associate Conference Chair (2015 Conference Chair): Matthew Courser

·         2014 Associate Secretary-Treasurer (2015 Secretary-Treasurer): Ipek Bilgen

 A complete list of 2014 officers can be viewed here.


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