Outreach Team

The Outreach Team is comprised of faculty members and librarians who are promoting quantitative literacy and the use of TeachingWithData.org in social science courses on their campuses.

The Members of TeachingWithData.org Outreach Team for 2009 - 2010 are:

  • Denise Degarmo, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Jim Young, Associate Professor, Nassau Community College
  • Michelle Edwards, Coordinator and Senior Analyst, University of Guelph
  • Dana Greene, Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rachael Barlow, Social Science Data Coordinator, Trinity College
  • Pam Edwards-Ham, Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Libbie Stephenson, Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ryan Womack, Librarian, Rutgers University
  • Ed Nelson, Director, Social Research Lab, California State University, Fresno

Jim Young, Professor, Nassau Community College
Professor Jim Young is Associate Professor of Sociology at Nassau Community College. In April 2010, he received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Young has served as the ICPSR Official Representative of Nassau Community College since 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from National Taiwan University and his Master and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He chaired the New York Suffolk County Executive's Asian American Advisory Board (www.scaaab.org) from 2007-2009 and has been a Board member since 2005.

Rachael BarlowRachael Barlow, Director of the Social Sciences Center, Trinity College
Rachael Barlow is currently the Director of the Social Sciences Center at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she supports faculty incorporating simple data exercises into their classes and students conducting more complicated data analysis. She also supports projects to assess student learning at the College. She currently coordinates Trinity's annual senior exit interviews and writing assessment and serves as the site manager for Trinity's portion of the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL). Rachael attended Washington and Lee University and received her graduate degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Edward NelsonEdward Nelson, Professor, California State University, Fresno
Edward Nelson is Professor of Sociology and director of the Social Research Laboratory at California State University, Fresno. He is the campus representative to the Social Science Research and Instructional Council for the CSU (http://www.ssric.org) and is the Official Representative for ICPSR. He served on the ICPSR council from 1996 to 2000. He has been involved in the development of instructional materials for over 30 years and has published a basic tutorial for SPSS for Windows (http://www.ssric.org/tr/onlinetextbooks).

Denise DegarmoDenise Degarmo, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Dr. Denise DeGarmo received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2001. She is an International Relations scholar with a focus on International Security. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Ryan WomackRyan Womack, Librarian, Rutgers University
Ryan Womack is Data and Economics Librarian at Rutgers University, where he has worked since 1999. Ryan is a member of the RUcore Data Working Group, which is developing data archiving and data management capacity for the Rutgers digital repository. He is an active member of IASSIST, the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology. Prior to becoming Data Librarian in 2008, Ryan was Business and Economics Librarian at Rutgers, and has served as Chair of BRASS, the Business Reference and Services Section within the American Library Association. He has published in the Journal of Library and Information Science Research, the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship, and Information Technology and Libraries. He received his M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S.L.S from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michelle EdwardsMichelle Edwards, Data Resource Centre Coordinator, Rutgers University
Dr. Michelle Edwards is currently the Data Resource Centre Coordinator in the McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph. She completed a PhD in Quantitative Genetics in 1997 and just recently completed her MLIS (April 2010). Michelle has been working in the data field for the past eleven years and holds many positions in both National and International data associations, including the Canadian Public Data User Association (CAPDU) and the International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST). Her passion is teaching everyone about data, how to use it and interpret it correctly.

Libbie StephensonLibbie Stephenson, Director of Social Science Data Archives, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Libbie Stephenson is the Director of Social Science Data Archives at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has been at UCLA for over 30 years where she works in a research unit under the Division of Social Sciences. She assists faculty and students in using statistical data in research and teaching. She promotes statistical literacy on campus and with librarian, Patti Caravello, wrote "Incorporating data literacy into undergraduate information literacy programs in the social sciences," Reference Services Review, 2007.

Pamela Edwards-HamPamela Edwards-Ham, Assistant Professor, Saginaw Valley State University
Pamela J. Edwards, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1991. Over the last 20 years she has taught courses on research methods, survey research, and statistics in the social sciences. Presently her research interests are focused upon urban health and environmental policies and the effects of state legislative terms limits on the composition, operations and policy outcomes of state legislatures. Prior to joining the faculty at S.V.S.U., Dr. Edwards was the Director of Academic Assessment at Delta College.

Dana GreeneDana Greene, Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dana M. Greene, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow in the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose work focuses on the interplay of social inequality in disasters. Dr. Greene has also been actively involved in several ICPSR and SSDAN projects, including the Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) project, the CCLI project, and the TeachingwithData.org Outreach Team. Dr. Greene promotes the usage of ICPSR data sets among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff on her campus. Further, Dr. Greene implements IDA modules in her research and teaching of sociology courses, and enjoys working with students as they grapple with basic quantitative data analysis. Dr. Greene received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Davis, and her MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

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