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.
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.
|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).|
|Traci Montgomery, B.S., Research Associate, graduated from Calvin College, majoring in Mathematics and Geography. Traci works at CSR as student supervisor, coordinating student project work, as well as offering support to various CSR projects.|
|Kristen Napp, B.A., B.S.W., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin College, majoring in Spanish and Social Work. Kristen offers research and project support for CSR clients.|
|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.|
|Alexander (Sasha) Tyan, B.A., Research Specialist, graduated from Calvin College with an International Relations major. Sasha offers research and 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.|
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 six students on our team:
|Stacia Allen, a junior with a major in Social Work, started working with us during the summer of 2013.|
|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.|
|Greg Kim joined CSR during the fall semester. Greg, a senior, is pursuing majors in History and International Relations.|
|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.|
|Lauren Muñoz studies Sociology and Spanish and is currently in her junior year. She is spending her Fall 2013 semester in Peru.|
|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.|
At any given time, CSR supports or conducts several long-term projects and at least a dozen shorter-term projects. Please visit our weblog to see the latest news on current CSR projects.
CSR provides free initial consultation on prospective projects. Feel free to contact us:
•By telephone: (616) 526-7799
•By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
•On-line: Project Proposal Form.
•By mail: Center for Social Research
3201 Burton, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Small Grants Program
CSR provides small grants of up to $1,000 to faculty members for use in their research that is not funded from other sources. Details about applying for a small grant can be found on the CSR website: small grant guidelines.
•Project Management and Budgeting
•Survey Research (both web-based and mail surveys)
•Qualitative Research (content analysis, focus groups, transcription)
•Statistical Analysis (SPSS, Stata, Excel, Access, database design, statistical modeling)
•Geographic Information Systems (GIS; data mapping and spatial analysis)
•Presentation (report writing, preparation of charts and graphics, publication of findings)