Director, Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory
Ph.D., Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S., Survey Methodology, University of Maryland – College Park
M.S., Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A., English, University of Virginia
Jim Ellis, Ph.D. is director of the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory (SERL). Ellis worked at SERL from 1986 to 2007 in various capacities including director of the Technical Division and lead survey methodologist. He joined the Center for Survey Research (CSR) at the University of Virginia in 2007 as director of research, and returned to SERL in 2018 to take on the role of director. Ellis has experience in all aspects of survey design, execution, analysis and reporting. He has led numerous employee surveys; surveys of residents of Virginia localities; surveys of clients of government agencies; semi-structured interviews with decision-makers in Virginia businesses; and focus groups with stakeholders in agribusiness, organ donation and more. His past projects have included ongoing statewide telephone surveys for the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System, mail surveys about school construction needs in Virginia, surveys of high school students about tobacco use and many others.