Mary E. Losch, director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) and professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the 2019 recipient of the John M. Kennedy Achievement Award given by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) for her service and leadership in academic survey research.
Losch's distinguished career includes 20 years of service in the roles as director and as assistant director of UNI's Center for Social and Behavioral Research and 10 years as program director at the University of Iowa Social Science Institute. She has also served as a leader of the Institutional Review Boards, charged with the protection of research subjects, at both the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.
"Mary has been instrumental in establishing CSBR's national reputation," said Brenda Bass, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. "She is highly regarded for her dedication to research ethics and data quality and commended by colleagues for her ability to foster a positive work environment and strong, collaborative team. Her expertise as a researcher, scholar and leader are a tremendous asset to our college and university."
As a founding member of AASRO, Losch has been involved since its first meeting, serving the organization in many capacities, including as conference chair, Collaboration Work Group chair, Steering Committee member and now as incoming president. Losch’s professional service extends to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), where she has served as standards chair, secretary-treasurer and chair of AAPOR’s Code of Professional Ethics Review Committee. She also served on the committee that developed and implemented AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative.
Losch is also an accomplished scholar, having published more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters. As of 2018, her total grant and contract funding exceeded $23 million. She has additionally mentored countless students and research staff at both UNI and the University of Iowa.
AASRO, the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations, is dedicated to supporting and promoting excellence in survey research conducted in academic settings. The membership is made up of over 60 academic survey research organizations from across the country. For more information, visit www.aasro.org.