Nora Cate Schaeffer

Nora Cate Schaeffer is Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology, Emerita, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the time of her retirement, she served as the Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Social Sciences.  She remains an affiliate of UWSC and a member of the UWSC Steering Committee.  Her teaching and research focus on survey research methods, particularly instrument design and survey measurement and on interaction in the survey interview. She regularly teaches instrument design at the Summer Institute of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan and through the University of Michigan‑University of Maryland Joint Program in Survey Methodology.  Professor Schaeffer was elected to a three-year presidential term (vice president, president, and past president) of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, beginning in May 2018. In 2010 she was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a Fellow of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research in 2015.  Before receiving her doctorate from the University of Chicago (1984) in Sociology, she worked at the National Opinion Research Center.

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