Jolene Smyth

Associate Professor, Survey Research and Methodology
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR)

201 North 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0241
Phone: (402) 472-7774
Fax: (402) 472-7764
jsmyth2@unl.edu


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2007; Sociology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    Areas of Specialization: Gender, Family, and Survey Methodology
    Dissertation: Doing Gender When Home and Work are Blurred: Women, and Sex-Atypical Tasks in Family Farming
    Committee: Monica K. Johnson (Chair), Don Dillman, Irenee Beattie
  • M.A., 2004; Sociology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    Thesis: Family Structure and Adult Well-Being: The Effects of Duration, Timing, Transitions, and Recentness
    Committee: Scott M. Myers (Chair), Monica K. Johnson, Viktor Gecas
  • B.A., 2001; Sociology, Family Studies, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Honors and Awards

  • Sociology Outstanding Dissertation Award, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 2006
  • Student fellowship for the Second International Conference on Telephone Survey Methodology, Miami, FL January 11-15, 2006.
  • Dolan Scholarship, Washington State University Sociology, Pullman, WA, 2005
  • Dolan Scholarship, Washington State University Sociology, Pullman, WA, 2004
  • United States Department of Agriculture Spot Award, 2001
  • Cum Laude, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2001
  • Dean's List, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1998-2001

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • American Sociological Association (Sections: Family; Race, Gender and Class; Sex and Gender)
  • American Statistical Association
  • Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • Society for Women in Sociology

Selected Publications

  • Olson, Kristen and Jolene D. Smyth. Forthcoming. "Who Follows the Rules? Within Household-Selection Procedure in Web and Mail Surveys of the General Population." Field Methods.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, and Heather Wood. 2012. "Does Giving People Their Preferred Survey Mode Actually Increase Survey Participation? An Experimental Examination". Public Opinion Quarterly. 74(4): 611-635.
  • Stern, Michael J., Jolene D. Smyth and Jeanette Mendez. 2012. "The Effects of Item Saliency and Question Design on Measurement Error in a Self-Administered Survey." Field Methods. 24(1):3-27.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, Ying Wang and Jennie Pearson. 2011. "The Self-Assessed Literacy Index: Reliability and Validity." Social Science Research. 40(5):1465-1476.
  • Chivers, Sarah and Jolene D. Smyth. 2011. "Challenging Our Textbooks and Our Teachings: Examining the Reproduction of Racism in the Sociology Classroom." In Coates, R (ed). Covert Racism-Experiences, Identity, and Theory. Boston, MA: Brill.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. and Jennie E. Pearson. 2010. "Internet Survey Methods: A Review of Strengths, Weaknesses, and Innovations." In Marcel Das, Peter Ester, and Lars Kaczmirek (eds.) Social Research and the Internet: Advances in Applied Methods and Research Strategies (a volume in the European Association of Methodology series). New York, NY: Routledge Academic.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian and Allison O'Neill. 2010. "Using the Internet to Survey Small Towns and Communities: Limitations and Possibilities in the early 21st Century." American Behavioral Scientist. 53:1423-1448.
  • Dillman, Don A., Jolene D. Smyth and Leah Melani Christian. 2009. Internet, Mail and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian, and Mallory McBride. 2009. "Open-Ended Questions in Web Surveys: Can Increasing the Size of Answer Spaces and Providing Extra Verbal Instructions Improve Response Quality?" Public Opinion Quarterly. 73:325-337.
  • Christian, Leah Melani and Jolene D. Smyth. 2008. "Visual Communication." In Lavrakas, P. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods. CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Christian, Leah Melani and Jolene D. Smyth. 2008. "Graphical Language." In Lavrakas, P. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods. CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Christian, Leah Melani and Jolene D. Smyth. 2008. "Aural Communication." In Lavrakas, P. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods. CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Chivers, Sarah and Jolene D. Smyth. Forthcoming. "Challenging Our Textbooks and Our Teachings: Examining the Reproduction of Racism in the Sociology Classroom." In Coates, R (ed) Covert Racism–Experiences, Identity, and Theory. Roxbury Publishing Company.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman and Leah Melani Christian. 2008. "Does 'Yes or No'' on the Telephone Mean the Same as 'Check-All-That-Apply' on the Web?" Public Opinion Quarterly. 72:103-113.
  • Christian, Leah Melani, Don A. Dillman and Jolene D. Smyth. 2007. "The Effects of Mode and Format On Answers to Scalar Questions in Telephone and Web Surveys." in Lepkowski, J., Tucker, C., Brick, M., DeLeeuw, E., Japec, L., Lavrakas, P., Link, M.,and Sangster, R. (Eds.) Advances in Telephone Survey Methodology. New York: Wiley-Interscience.
  • Christian, Leah Melani, Don A. Dillman and Jolene D. Smyth. 2007. "Helping Respondents Get it Right the First Time: The Relative Influence of Words, Symbols, and Graphics in Web and Telephone Surveys." Public Opinion Quarterly. 71(1):113-125.
  • Dillman, Don A. and Jolene D. Smyth. 2007. "Design Effects in the Transition from Telephone to Web-Based Surveys." American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 32(5S): S90-S96.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman and Leah Melani Christian. 2007. "Context Effects in Web Surveys: New Issues and Evidence." Chapter 27 in The Handbook of Internet Psychology. Oxford University Press.
  • Stern, Michael J., Don A. Dillman and Jolene D. Smyth. 2007. "Visual Design, Order Effects, and Respondent Characteristics in a Self-Administered Survey." Survey Research Methods. 1(3):121-138.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian and Michael J. Stern. 2006. "Comparing Check-All and Forced-Choice Question Formats in Web Surveys." Public Opinion Quarterly. 70(1):66-77.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian and Michael J. Stern. 2006. "Effects of Using Visual Design Principles to Group Response Options in Web Surveys." International Journal of Internet Science. 1(1):6-16.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian and Michael J. Stern. 2004. "How Visual Grouping Influences Answers to Internet Surveys." 2004 American Statistical Association Proceedings. p. 4890-4897.

Manuscripts Under Review

  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, and Alian Kasabian. "Making a Match: Exploring the Impact of Mode Preference on Measurement." Submitted to the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology March 6, 2012, Resubmitted July 1, 2013.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, and Morgan M. Millar. "Do the Young Really Prefer the Web Mode? Identifying Predictors of Survey Mode Preference." Submitted to Social Science Research June 18, 2013.
  • Edwards, Michelle, Don A. Dillman and Jolene D. Smith. "An Experimental Test of the Effects of Survey Sponsorship on Internet and Mail Survey Response." Submitted to Public Opinion Quarterly June 19, 2013.
  • Olson, Kristen, Mathew Stange and Jolene D. Smyth. "An Experimental Examination of Four Withink-Household Selection methods in household Mail Surveys." Submitted to Public Opinion Quarterly June 27, 2013.

Research and Technical Reports

  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, and Alian Kasabian. March 2011. "Comparisons of the Survey of Doctorate Recipients Paper and Web Questionnaires." Prepared for The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #58-3AEU-0-0020.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, and Alian Kasabian. March 2011. "Comparison of the Survey of Earned Doctorates Paper and Web Questionnaires." Prepared for The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #58-AEU-0-0020.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, and Alian Kasabian. June 2011. "Comparison of the National Survey of Recent College Graduates and National Survey of College Graduates Paper, Web, and CATI Questionnaires." Prepared for The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #58-3AEU-0-0020.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, and Alian Kasabian. June 2011. "Comparison of the National Survey of Recent College Graduates, National Survey of College Graduates, and Survey of Doctorate Recipients Web Questionnaires." Prepared for The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #58-3AEU-0-0020.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, and Lindsey Witt. 2009. "University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Omnibus Survey Nonresponse Analysis." Technical Report #2009-001.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. 2007. "Family Farming and Ranching in Washington Research Results." Washington State University Department of Community and Rural Sociology Information Series #01-07. http://www.crs.wsu.edu/1-07-farmranchwa.pdf.
  • Christian, Leah Melani, Don A. Dillman, and Jolene D. Smyth. 2005. "Instructing Web and Telephone Respondents to Report Date Answers in a Format Desired by the Surveyor" Social and Economic Sciences Research Center Technical Report #05-067.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian, and Michael J. Stern. 2005. "Comparing Check-All and Forced-choice Question Formats in Web Surveys: The Role of Satisficing, Depth of Processing, and Acquiescence in Explaining Differences." Social and Economic Sciences Research Center Technical Report #05-029.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Don A. Dillman, Leah Melani Christian, and Michael J. Stern. 2004. "How Visual Grouping Influences Answers to Internet Surveys." Social and Economic Sciences Research Center Technical Report #04-023.

Manuscripts in Progress

  • Smyth, Jolene D. and Kristen Olson. "Comparing Numeric and Text Open-Ended Responses in Mail and Web Surveys."
  • Smyth, Jolene D. and Kristen Olson. "Understanding the Relationship between Literacy and Data Quality in Self-Administered Surveys.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. and Kristen Olson. Measuring Mode Preference: Question Wording and Question Order Experiments.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth and Brian Wells. Nonresponse Bias in Mail, Web and Mixed-Mode Surveys.
  • Wang, Ying, Kristen Olson and Jolene D. Smyth. "Do Literacy Levels Affect Item Nonresponse in an Interviewer-Administered Survey? An Examination of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey."
  • Wang, Ying, Kristen Olson and Jolene D. Smyth. "Turn that Frown Upside-Down: The Effects of Smiley Faces as Symbolic Language in Self-Administered Surveys."
  • Smyth, Jolene D. Measuring Gender with a Ruler: The Masculinity/Feminity Perceptions Scale.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. The Relationship Between Farm Work and Femininity.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. Producing and Maintaining Femininity in the Farm and Ranch Setting.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. Gender and Mental Health in the Farm and Ranch Setting.

Conference Presentations/Invited Lectures (2008-2012)

  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, Rebecca Powell, and Amanda Libman. 2012. "Understanding the Relationship between Literacy and Data Quality in Self-Administered Surveys." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Orlando, FL. May 16-20, 2012.
  • Kasabian, Alian, Kristen Olson, and Jolene D. Smyth. 2012. "Making a Match: Exploring the Impact of Mode Preference on Measurement." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Orlando, FL. May 16-20, 2012.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, and Stacia Jorgensen. 2012. "An Experimental Examination of Four Within-Household Selection Methods in Household Mail Surveys." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Orlando, FL. May 16-20, 2012.
  • Libman, Amanda and Jolene D. Smyth. 2012. "Turn that Frown Upside-Down: The Effects of Smiley Faces as Symbolic Language in Self-Administered Surveys." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Orlando, FL. May 16-20, 2012.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, and Rebecca Powell. 2011. "Literacy and Data Quality in Self-Administered Surveys." Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL. November 18-19, 2011.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. 2011. Discussant for "Mode Issues: Evaluations and Effects." Session at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL. November 18-19, 2011.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. and Kristen Olson. 2011. Comparing Numberic and Text Open-Ended Responses in Mail and Web Surveys. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Assocation for Public Opinion Research. Phoenix, AZ, May 12-15, 2011.
  • Olson, Kristen and Jolene D. Smyth. Who Follows the Rules? Within Household-Selection Procedure in Web and Mail Surveys of the General Population. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Assocation for Public Opinion Research. Phoenix, AZ, May 12-15, 2011.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. & Kristen Olson. 2010. "Measuring Mode Preference: Question Wording and Question Order Experiments." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Chicago, IL, May 13-16, 2010.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth and Heather Wood. 2010. "Does Giving People Their Preferred Survey Mode Actually Increase Survey Participation? An Experimental Examination." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Chicago, IL, May 13-16, 2010.
  • Wang, Ying, Kristen Olson, and Jolene D. Smyth. 2010. "Do Literacy Levels Affect Item Nonresponse in an Interviewer-Administered Survey? An Examination of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Chicago, IL, May 13-16, 2010.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. September 2009 – Instructed a Joint Program in Survey Methodology 2-day short course. "Designing Mixed Mode Surveys." Washington DC. (with Don Dillman & Leah Christian).
  • Smyth, Jolene D. 2009. "The Relationship Between Farm Work and Femininity." Presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Madison, WI. July 30-August 2, 2009.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. 2009. "How to be Appropriately Feminine on the Farm: The Importance of Gender Products." presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Madison, WI. July 30-August 2, 2009.
  • Smyth, Jolene D., Kristen Olson, and Ashley Richards. 2009. "Unraveling Mode Preference." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Hollywood, FL, May 14-17, 2009.
  • Stern, Michael, Jolene D. Smyth, and Jeanette Mendez. 2009. "The Influence of Question Salience on Response Order Effects in a Self-Administered Survey." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Hollywood, FL, May 14-17, 2009.
  • Person, Jennie, Ying Wang, Kristen Olson, and Jolene D. Smyth. 2009. "Development of a New Scale to Measure Literacy Without a Reading Assessment." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Hollywood, FL, May 14-17, 2009.
  • Dillman, Don A., and Jolene D. Smyth. "A New Methodology for Rural Community Sample Surveys by Mail or the Web: Experimental Results from Recent Test." Presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Manchester, NH, July 28–31, 2008.
  • Smyth, Jolene D. "Unresolved Issues in Multiple-Answer Questions." Presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research. New Orleans, LA, May 15–18, 2008.
  • Dillman, Don A., Jolene D. Smyth, Leah Melani Christian, and Allison O'Neill. "Combining Mail and Internet Methods to Conduct Household Surveys of the General Public: A New Methodology?" Presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research. New Orleans, LA, May 15–18, 2008.

Professional Development Activities

  • Teaching and Teaching Portfolios workshop presented by Amy Goodburn. December 11, 2008
  • NSF Regional Grants Conference. Omaha, NE. October 20-21, 2008
  • SSP and Sociology sponsored summer-long grant writing workshop lead by Dan Hoyt and Mindy Anderson-Knott. Summer 2008
  • UNL Office of Research sponsored “Write Winning Grants” Seminar. Spring 2008
  • Designing Scales for Survey Questionnaires, Short Course by Jon A. Krosnick. American Association of Public Opinion Research Annual Meeting. May 12, 2005
  • National Longitudinal Survey Young Adult Data Workshop. Columbus, OH. June 27-30, 2005

Service

  • Graduate Committee, UNL, Survey Research and Methodology Program, 2008-Present
  • Admissions Committee, UNL, Survey Research and Methodology Program, 2008-Present
  • Executive Committee, UNL, Survey Research and Methodology Program, 2008-Present.
  • Department Search Committee, UNL, Survey Research and Methodology Program, 2008
  • Graduate Appeals/Human Relations Committee, UNL, Sociology, 2008
  • Peer Reviewer For: Journal of Official Statistics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Sociological Methods and Review, and Field Methods