Dr. Gregory Gibson is the full-time Director of the Kent State University Survey Research Laboratory. His responsibilities include responding to RFPs, budgeting projects, all phases of survey project work, including questionnaire development, cognitive testing (including protocol development), interviewer training (including development of training manuals and study-specific trainings), survey programming in Sensus/WinCATI, IRB filings and updates, cleaning and annotation of data files, analysis of data, methodology reports, client findings presentations, and management of an 18 station CATI lab (workforce of 45 callers). Additional directorship duties fulfilled by Dr. Gibson include recruitment, hiring, and retention of personnel, interfacing with Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP), budgeting, internal and external billing, and mentoring of graduate students in survey research and college teaching. Dr. Gibson was presented with the Sociology Department’s Graduate Student Mentoring Award in 2015. With a Professional Research Certificate (PRC expert level designation) from the Marketing Research Association and a Survey Research Graduate Certification from Purdue University where he earned his doctorate in Sociology, Dr. Gibson has extensive experience in survey research.
Before joining KSU, Dr. Gibson was the Research Director for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). While with the NREMT, he conducted a number of research projects drawing upon survey research methods and qualitatively-focused methods including focus groups, nominal groups, ethnography, and key informant interviews. Dr. Gibson is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Dr. Gibson's research areas are survey research, gender, prosocial behaviors (heroism, altruism), social psychological pharmacology and school shootings.
Tim Rose, MA is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology and joined the SRL team in the Fall of 2014, after having served as a telephone interviewer on several survey projects. Tim now serves as Senior Programmer for the Online Division of the SRL and has developed a variety of survey instruments, with a specialty in social psychological surveys. He has also served as project leader on a variety of non-academic projects, including organizational climate studies, and has begun designing climate instruments for organizations within Kent State University. Tim is currently engaged in researching the impact of natural resource extraction on rural communities.
Rusty Schnellinger, MA is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, joining the SRL team in 2015. His responsibilities include programming, fielding, and analysis of both web-based and telephone surveys, as well as playing a key role in responding to RFPs. Rusty is fluent in multiple survey questionnaire authoring platforms and several statistical software packages. Since 2015, he has programmed and fielded a variety of assessment surveys for both academic and non-academic SRL clients. His own research focuses on substance use, crime and criminal justice policy, and research methodology. Along with Bengt George, Tim Rose, and Nicole Perrone, Rusty serves on the Graduate Survey Research Council (GSRS), a group dedicated to advising KSU graduate students on instrument design and data collection. Rusty is an active member of both the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers and the American Society of Criminology.
Bengt George joined us as an undergraduate student and has worked himself up from telephone interviewer to his present position, Programming and Analytics Supervisor. Early on, Bengt showed a knack for complex programming and solving data analysis issues. Programming surveys, evaluating RFPs, and interfacing with clients are all functions that Bengt currently performs. Bengt also began a full-time Graduate Assistantship in Fall 2017.
Tyler (Christian) Rudawsky is a Kent State graduate with a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Prior to joining the SRL team, he instructed non-Native speakers at Kent and Youngstown State Universities, Heinrich Zille Middle School in Dresden, Germany, and Britannica School in Lyubertsy, Russia. Christian has also advised as a freelance editor for institutions including the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and the Russian technology company MOECO. He currently works as a programmer designing surveys for the SRL and contributes to the HARC, PRAMS, and ELI projects.
Quality data collection starts with our two Head Supervisors—Veronica (Ronny) Besett and Jane Howe. Their duties include interviewing and hiring the best interviewers for data collection projects, development and implementation of methods to ensure strict adherence to procedures and protocols, refusal conversion, and conducting interviewer training (both initial and refresher sessions). Ronny’s experience draws upon her Quality Assurance and Interviewer Supervisory skills first honed at Venture Data. Jane draws upon career experience she gained throughout the United States supervising and conducting QA and SOP implementations, as well as analyzing data, for clients that include NIKE, Goodyear, and IBM. Together, they maintain every project’s integrity, confidentiality and accuracy. Both Ronny and Jane are considered by Director Dr. Gibson to be “the back bone of SRL CATI data collection efforts.”
Brianna Smith is a returning Senior Interviewer / Assistant Supervisor. She is also a recent Criminal Justice graduate, with a focus on helping youth through experience. Brianna is hoping to gain knowledge of research methods and apply these to support communities and improve society.
Carolina Echevarría Torres is a Senior Bilingual Interviewer / Assistant Supervisor, returning to the SRL with previous experience on the HARC project. Carolina is a highly motivated and collaborative leader with strong communication and conflict management skills. Her research interests include a variety of topics, such as the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Carolina plans to complete her Bachelor's degree in International Relations with the overall goal of a career as a Political Scientist.
Nate Adams is a Senior Interviewer / Assistant Supervisor who first started in the SRL during the summer of 2017. He returned last year and has recently become a member of the supervisory team. His duties mainly include interviewing, lab supervision, training and coaching of other interviewers, or assisting the supervisor on duty. With a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and his current work towards a Masters in Communication Studies, Nate mainly focuses on political conflict and ideology. He also conducts research on political elections, candidates, and controversy (e.g., the election and presidency of Donald Trump). Nate plans to complete his Masters with the intent of having a career in the U.S. Government.
Betsy (Diana) Niuves-Franco is an undergraduate student in the College of the Arts and Sciences. She has a double major in International Relations and Translation, where she has a double concentration in Arabic and French. Diana speaks a variety of languages, including Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu. She applies her knowledge of such languages in her work as a Bilingual Interviewer by completing surveys in various languages and translating documents for the lab. Although uncertain of what career path she will choose, she has hopes of one day being able to complete her graduate studies in either Toronto or Montreal.
Brooke Lyons, Interviewer. Brooke is a recently graduated Kent State alumna, and received her degree in Cultural Anthropology. She has a passion for research, and has designed and conducted her own qualitative research in the past. Brooke hopes to attend graduate school for Applied Anthropology, and eventually go into college level education.
Elisa Suarez, Bilingual Interviewer. Elisa is an undergraduate student with a double major in Criminology with a Corrections concentration and a Sociology with a General concentration. Elisa does not have much hands-on research experience but hopes to learn more through interviewing. Although originally from Chicago, she hopes to pursue a career as a probation officer in Northeast Ohio after graduation.
Janice Nuspl, Senior Interviewer
Maggie Turek, Interviewer. Maggie is a recent Kent State graduate with a degree in Theatre Performance. During her time as an undergraduate, she was involved in the writing, performance and production of many stage and film projects, both through the university and in the surrounding Kent/Akron/Cleveland community. Although she has had minimal research experience, she hopes that her performance and vocal training will aid in her interviewing.
Rachel Adamkiewicz, Bilingual/Senior Interviewer
Craig Wawrosch, Summer 2019 undergraduate intern. Having recently joined the SRL team as a student interviewer in early Spring 2019, Craig has been tapped to become the summer intern. During his employment, Craig's hard work and unique skill set indicated a talent for methodically training new interviewers in the SRL. Craig expects to graduate with his Bachelors degree in Criminology and Justice studies, concentration in Policing, in Fall 2019. After graduation, he plans to attend a police academy. Craig will utilize his SRL experiences to inform how he will approach police work on the community level given the viewpoints experienced throughout the interviews he has conducted.
Tristan Davis was the SRL's Spring 2019 undergraduate intern. He is currently studying Sociology with a concentration in Sociological Social Psychology and a second major in Psychology. He has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. He has experience with SPSS and has undergone hands-on training in Qualtrics. His responsibilities with the SRL included programming internal clients' surveys. His research interests include the sociology of food, social stratification and inequalities, environmental sociology, and media. He has returned to the SRL as an interviewer to aid in active research while continuing to cultivate the skills acquired through his internship.
Christiana (Christy) Mauk was the SRL's Fall 2018 undergraduate intern. She is studying Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child and Youth Development and a minor in Sociology. She has been introduced to Qualtrics and SPSS via hands-on training in order to program, collect, and clean data. She is also an experienced interviewer. Another of Christy's responsibilities was coordinating all social media accounts for the SRL. Her research interests include social organization, social change, and sociological methods. She is returning to work for the SRL as an interviewer so that she can apply the knowledge gained during her internship.
Jessica Bujaucius was the SRL's Spring 2017 (and very first!) undergraduate intern.