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Michael Stern Joins Michigan State University’s Department of Media and Information – Named Senior Fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago

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CHICAGO, April 10, 2019 – Michael Stern, a member of NORC’s Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR), will join Michigan State University (MSU) as the Chair of the Department of Media and Information in June.

As Stern transitions into his new role with MSU, he will remain an integral member of CESR and has been named a senior fellow. Stern will continue to provide client counsel, project support, and thought leadership. Through his new roles at each organization, Stern will act as a bridge, connecting colleagues and facilitating collaboration, while strengthening web and emerging technology research work across the board.

“We’re thrilled for Mike and this new opportunity,” said Don Jang, vice president and director of CESR. “We’re also excited that Mike will stay with us as a consultant, opening the doors to collaboration between NORC and MSU.”

In his new role as Chair of the Department of Media and Information at MSU, Stern will head a research-heavy division of 30 nationally and internationally recognized faculty who work in human computer interaction, new media legislation and policy, as well as game programming and design. As the chair, he will work closely with faculty, while serving as a conduit to higher administrative staff. Stern will also support the department’s research efforts, funding opportunities, and annual reviews, while providing mentorship to Masters and PhD candidates.

“Working at NORC has given me a front row seat in observing the intricacies of data collection and understanding innovative ways to leverage the information we have at our fingertips,” said Stern. “I’m excited to bring that knowledge to the table at MSU as the department continues to grow our analytical capabilities.”

In addition to bringing his skills to MSU, Stern offers a number of strong relationships to his new team given the partnerships and client work he has facilitated on behalf of NORC with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), among others.

“Mike brings tremendous experience to our department. An accomplished scholar with a strong interest in digital inequality, social effects of the Internet, and research methods in a digital era, he will complement our faculty in critical areas. He also has extensive experience seeking and managing research funding from major public sector agencies,” said Johannes M. Bauer, the outgoing chairperson of the Department of Media and Information.

Stern will continue to contribute to his existing client efforts, along with his NORC colleagues, by leading project work through April. By May, Stern will be fully transitioned into his new role as an NORC senior fellow, and will begin at MSU in June.

About NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago conducts research and analysis that decision-makers trust. As a nonpartisan research organization and a pioneer in measuring and understanding the world, we have studied almost every aspect of the human experience and every major news event for more than eight decades. Today, we partner with government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world to provide the objectivity and expertise necessary to inform the critical decisions facing society.

Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Young at NORC at or (703) 217-6814 (cell).