Center for Survey Research

University of Massachusetts Boston

The University anticipates initiating a search for a new Center Director.  The job has not yet been formally posted, so applications are not being accepted yet. It is expected that the search will formally begin on September 1, 2015. Prior to that date, those interested in getting more information may e-mail Philip Brenner (Philip.brenner@umb.edu) or Jack Fowler (floyd.fowler@umb.edu).

 The Job:  To provide vision and leadership to maintain the tradition of productivity and excellence that has characterized the Center for Survey Research for the past 44 years and take this well-established survey research center to new levels with respect to training  future survey researchers and catalyzing quantitative social science on the UMass Boston campus.

 The Position: Depending on interest and experience, the Director will have an appointment as Associate or Full Professor in an academic department consistent with training and research career.  During the first year, the Director will devote full time to the Center for Survey Research: developing external funding for research, strengthening collaborations within the University, further developing training, recruiting additional senior professional staff, working with University leadership on the best way to position in the University, and, time permitting, working on research projects at the Center.  Thereafter, the Director’s agenda would be a mix of management, research at the Center, and teaching.

 The Right Person: The right person for this job will have outstanding credentials in survey methodology, reflected in research publications, and a demonstrated commitment to advance the science of survey research through research, training, collaboration and exploration of new ways to apply survey methodology to the important issues of the day.

A Brief History of CSR.  The Center for Survey Research was founded at UMass Boston in 1971.  It is a full scale survey research operation with ongoing professional telephone and in-person interviewing staff, computer assisted telephone interviewing facilities, great question design and evaluation expertise, and survey sampling capacity. The Center conducts basic and applied research that contributes to the knowledge and understanding of importance social issues using in-person and telephone interviewing as well as web, IVR and mail surveys.


The mission of the Center for Survey Research is to maintain a full service, academic survey research operation with state of the art research design, questionnaire development, sampling, data collection, and data analysis capabilities. Center staff are expected to conduct high quality applied and basic social science research. The Center has a goal of facilitating social science research by providing research assistance to faculty of our own and other universities, and to public and community agencies in the form of data collection and methodical consultation. An important part of the vision of the Center is that it not to be tied specifically to a particular academic discipline nor committed to a particular area of research to the exclusion of to others, but that it maintain the capacity to contribute to any area in which the use of survey research methods is appropriate. Senior staff at the Center are expected to pursue their own research interests, as well as to collaborate with and provide consultation and research services to others.







The Center for Survey Research, UMass Boston, has openings for an important study of the health of residents of Metro Boston.  Household interviewing will be conducted in Boston and immediate suburbs.

Paid interviewer training and data collection will take place from August through Fall 2015. Strong interpersonal skills, comfort using a computer, use of a reliable car, and ability to work flexible hours; daytime, evenings and weekends are required.  Some college preferred.  Interviewing experience is valued but not necessary. Must be available a minimum of 16 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. 

Pay is $15-$16 per hour, depending on prior interviewer experience, which includes travel time and all other interview-related time.  Paid training in August. Mileage reimbursed at the federal government approved mileage rate.  AA/EOE.  Email resume to CSRjobs@umb.edu.