Center for Social Research

Meet the CSR

Origin

The Calvin College Center for Social Research (CSR) was created by the Calvin Department of Sociology in 1970 in response to increasing numbers of faculty requests for research assistance. Since then, the CSR has grown into an independent center, supporting all of the social science departments of Calvin College as well as the broader community. Throughout its history, CSR's top priorities have been to promote excellence in research, both on campus and in the community.

Mission

The Center for Social Research aims to serve as a catalyst for scholarly research in the social sciences. Through research we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society.

Commitments

  • Research: promote basic and applied research of the highest quality by encouragement, example, and engagement with the college’s social science community.
  • Partnership: undertake collaborative and community-based research with scholars, organizations, and institutions at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Faculty Development: enhance the scholarly community in social sciences at Calvin College.
  • Student Involvement: provide opportunities for students to develop their research skills in a mentoring environment.
Staff
  Neil Carlson, Ph.D., Director, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2004 and served as Assistant Director of the CSR from 2004 to 2011. He supports design of social research projects from the big questions to the technological nuts and bolts, including project management and budgeting, instrument design, database design, data visualization, statistical analysis, report writing and interactive presentation of study data. Curriculum Vitae (PDF).
  Laura Luchies, Ph.D.,., Assistant Director, earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Northwestern University. Laura joined the CSR in the spring of 2014. She will plan, organize and lead CSR research projects with on- and off-campus clients and provide the CSR student and recent graduate team with the daily guidance needed to do good work.
  Greg Kim Following his graduation with majors in History and International Relations, Greg made the transition from student research assistant to Research Specialist, where he offers general project support.
  Allison Rudi, B.A., Project Coordinator, graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, majoring in International Policy Studies of Ethics and Conflict. She will soon complete her Masters in Public Policy and Administration with Northwestern University in Chicago. Allison is coordinating the launch of “When the People Speak, Kent County,” the first-ever Kent County Deliberative Poll, a collaborative community research and civic engagement project, spearheaded by CSR which employs Stanford Professor James Fishkin’s theory of the Deliberative Poll. http://www.kentcountyspeaks.org
  Owen Selles, B.A., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin College, majoring in Geography. Owen offers research and project support for CSR clients.
  Kandin Unger, Research Associate, graduated from Calvin College with majors in Linguistics and Spanish. Kandin serves as supervisor to the research assistants, as well as project support for CSR clients.
  Kathy Bardolph, B.A., Administrative Assistant, a Calvin English and German graduate, offers administrative, clerical, and project support to the Center.
Students

Student Staff Team: The Student Research Assistants are comprised of a team of Calvin students who are constantly being trained in new research tools and practices. Currently, we have eight students on our team:
  Michael Bloem, a junior with a major in Economics and a Mathematics minor, started working with us during the summer of 2013.
  Alden Hartopo is a junior double majoring in International Relations and Economics. At CSR, Alden specializes in Qualtrics and Inquisite.
  Leah Hoogstra, a senior with majors in Mathematics and International Development, started working with us during the spring of 2012.
  Michael Kelly is a senior, studying Psychology and Writing. Michael brings his experiences as Editor in Chief of Dialogue Magazine and as Academic Services tutor for Calvin College, as well as his service as Student Ambassador for the Psychology Department.
  Melissa Lubbers is a senior majoring in Psychology and Social Work, interned with CSR during the spring semester of 2012 and is now a part of the research assistant team. Melissa will be spending her final semester at Calvin as an intern in Washington, D.C.
  Natalie Patterson is a senior with a major in Environmental Studies and a Geography minor. Natalie specializes in GIS work at the CSR.
  Shawntavia Stewart is a junior and in a pre-med program with concentrations in Psychology and Recreational Therapy.
  Josh VanderLeest is majoring in Psychology and pursuing a minor in Business. Josh, a junior, served as a CSR intern for the fall semester and now joins CSR as a Research Assistant.
Posted by Neil Carlson on 07/29 at 09:45 AM
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