Farrell Professor - Dr. Dana Garbarski
Dr. Dana Garbarski, Carolyn Farrell Endowed Assistant Professor
Broadly speaking, Dr. Garbarski’s research involves the social causes and consequences of health outcomes and health disparities, focusing on both substantive and methodological issues. She focuses on survey research methods in particular, as survey research remains an influential methodology through which social, behavioral, and medical researchers learn about the health of populations.
During 2018 and the spring 2019 semester, Dr. Garbarski has continued this work in various capacities. To begin, Dr. Garbarski submitted a grant to the Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program of the National Science Foundation this Fall to study whether and how survey measurement processes have differential impacts on survey responses across groups defined by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Dr. Garbarski and her collaborators have also had one article accepted for publication (“Measuring Trust in Medical Researchers: Comparing Agree-Disagree and Construct-Specific Survey Questions” in Journal of Official Statistics) and have six manuscripts under review. Dr. Garbarski gave scholarly presentations at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in August and the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research in November, where she transitioned from Associated Conference Chair to 2019 Conference Chair. She recently returned from Lincoln, NE, where she gave a presentation and participated in a conference funded by the National Science Foundation on “Interviewers and Their Effects from a Total Survey Error Perspective.” Dr. Garbarski’s CV is available is at https://luc.edu/sociology/faculty/danagarbarskiphd.shtml.
Dr. Garbarski and the Gannon Center hosted a Panel Discussion on “Research Strategies for Junior Faculty Members” on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall, followed by a discussion over lunch in Piper Hall. The notes from the panel discussion are linked here: https://www.luc.edu/gannon/farrellprofessorship/panelonresearchstrategiesforjuniorfaculty/
In terms of upcoming programming, Dr. Garbarski is collaborating with Michelle Nickerson in the Department of History and Assistant Provost for Academic Diversity Chris Manning to put together “Communities in Conversation for Women Faculty: Invisible Labor.” This program will feature a discussion from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. with lunch on Friday March 15, 2019, in Palm Court, 4th Floor of Mundelein Hall on the Lakeshore Campus, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.
Dr. Garbarski is also planning a program titled “Discussion on Scholarly Conversations, Criticism, and Controversy,” from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Friday April 5, 2019, in the Regis Hall Multipurpose Room on the Lakeshore Campus, sponsored by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.
Dr. Garbarski is also working on ideas for additional programming to be hosted by the Gannon Center over the next few years that will provide the infrastructure to support faculty in their research and publications. Please let her know if you have any ideas you would like to discuss!