ICPSR Announces New Summer Program DirectorICPSR is pleased to announce that Saundra Schneider will join ICPSR as the next Director of the Summer Program starting in August 2014. Schneider succeeds Interim Director John Garcia, who has served in that position since January 2014.
Schneider is a long-time Summer Program instructor and has been teaching Regression Analysis I, one of the mainstay courses in the Program, since 1990. She is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. Her main research areas are public policy and state politics, with particular emphases on social welfare, governmental response to disasters, spending priorities across program areas, and public opinion toward federalism.
"Sandy is a great fit for this position," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "As an experienced instructor, she understands why the Summer Program experience has been so valuable to participants for more than fifty years. Sandy also brings strong administrative experience, which has become increasingly important as the program has grown in size."
Schneider received a Ph.D. in Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation, from Binghamton University in 1980. Over the years, she has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979-1980), the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980-1985), the Ohio State University (Visiting Professor, 1986 to 1988), and the University of South Carolina (1989-2003). At Michigan State, she established the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program in 2007 and served as its director for seven years.
Schneider has an impressive record of publications in high quality outlets including The Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and Political Research Quarterly, and has published two books on the governmental response to disasters: Flirting With Disaster (1995) and Dealing With Disaster (2011). She has served on a number of editorial boards for prominent journals and has held a variety of leadership positions across the discipline of political science. She also has a strong record of receiving research and education/training grants.
"I am very proud of my long association with the ICPSR Summer Program," Schneider said. "There is absolutely no question about its success as a vehicle for providing first-rate methodological training throughout the social sciences. I want to help maintain the Program's world-famous reputation on into the future."
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