HPU Hires Kifer As Director Of Survey Research Center And Assistant Professor Of Political Science

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 22, 2009 – Dr. Martin Kifer has been hired as the director of the new Survey Research Center and assistant professor of political science at High Point University.
Kifer’s position as director of the Survey Research Center puts him in charge of reporting results from research projects and managing the staff of the center. He will also work with HPU’s information technology team to build the technological infrastructure of the facility – adding computers, telephones and software to make it all run.
“The Survey Research Center will support and promote top quality research by High Point University faculty and students. We’ll be reaching out to people all over campus to see how the center can help them in their courses and research,” Kifer says. “We want the center to play a key role in collaborative projects involving both students and professors. The extent to which we give those opportunities to students will set our center apart from other similar facilities.”
The benefits of the center go far beyond campus, though. The center will employ innovative methods to survey people in North Carolina and beyond about issues that affect their lives. Survey results will be publicized, providing the public with valuable information.
“We want our research to be a public service to the people of High Point and all of North Carolina,” Kifer says. “Whether we are covering political campaigns or canvassing people in High Point about their city services, we want our findings to be accessible and valuable to the people we survey.”
In his faculty role, Kifer will teach in the areas of public opinion, political campaigns and elections, research methods and U.S. foreign policy. Kifer is currently teaching courses on U.S. government.
“U.S. government, foreign policy and survey research are all subjects on which I have done academic work but also have practical experience,” Kifer says. “For a while, I was a staff member on Capitol Hill. I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. I have also done some policy research for government clients. My background in survey research and election campaigns comes in part from time I spent working for a political consulting firm.?
Kifer says he’s honored to be a part of HPU – especially the Political Science Department, where they’ve made him feel right at home.
“I’m proud to be part of an up-and-coming university with so much momentum, continuing growth and innovation, and focus on student experiences on campus,” Kifer says. “The Survey Research Center is an exciting new initiative at High Point University that will contribute to giving students an extraordinary learning environment. I am also very happy to have an academic home within the Political Science Department. Its approach reflects the university?s values as much as any department on campus.”
Kifer has a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College. He received a master’s degree and a doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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