Kelly Hoye ’16 and assistant professor Dr. Julie Newcamp are the first Community Research Institute (CRI) Faculty and Student Fellow appointments.

Student and Professor Dig into BW Polling Data as First CRI Fellows

March 1, 2016


Kelly Hoye ’16 and Dr. Julie Newcamp are the first recipients of the Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute (CRI) Faculty Fellow and Student Fellow appointments.

Hoye, an International Affairs major and Dr. Newcamp, assistant professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies, have worked with BW political science professors, Dr. Tom Sutton, director of CRI, and Dr. Lauren Copeland, associate director of CRI and to create and field a series of new surveys, including a recent statewide primary election poll that was picked up by media outlets across the nation, as well as the first CRI Greater Cleveland Quality of Life survey.

The regional quality of life study, lead in partnership and with input from Ideastream and other regional agencies, will be completed annually by the residents of Northeast Ohio and focuses on a range of issues.

Results from the public safety and policing module of the report was widely reported by Northeast Ohio media outlets, from WKYY-TV and WEWS-TV to cleveland.com and WCPN-NPR radio earlier this year.

Happy to Make an Impact Outside the Classroom

Hoye, who is also pursuing minors in French and National Security, says Dr. Copeland has “helped me immensely" as the CRI team worked to analyze data from the community topical surveys. Hoye first organized responses into easier to understand categories and later proofread and offered feedback on the press releases and top line data reports, gaining experience in all aspects of social science research that informs and benefits the region.

“Classes are great, but they don't offer the opportunity to have a larger impact on the community,” Hoye said. “This fellowship has given me the chance to have the impact that I so continually desire.”