The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at Penn State announces the addition of two new associate directors, Jennifer Glick and Shedra Amy Snipes.
Glick is the Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Professor of Sociology and Criminology / Demography at Penn State, an SSRI cofunded faculty member, and is the outgoing director of SSRI’s Population Research Institute. Her work focuses on migration and how it influences family relationships, education, and employment.
Glick arrived at Penn State in 2016 after serving as a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Arizona State University.
“I am pleased to continue to work with SSRI as I transition out of my role as PRI director,” said Glick. “We have some of the very best social, behavioral, and demographic researchers at Penn State and SSRI is an ideal environment to develop and support their innovative and collaborative work.”
Snipes is an associate professor of biobehavioral health, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Health Fellow, and an SSRI cofunded faculty member. She is also the former co-chair of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. Her research projects include socio-behavioral health focuses on pesticide exposures, occupational injuries, and other health disparities experienced by Latino immigrant farmworkers.
Snipes came to Penn State in 2010 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. "SSRI's mission to address critical human and social problems at all levels resonates with me - both personally and professionally. I am excited to join the team, and I look forward to the work ahead," Snipes said.
Glick and Snipes join SSRI Director Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, professor of biobehavioral health, and five other associate directors.
“Glick brings experience establishing successful research mentoring programs here at Penn State that have helped interdisciplinary researchers in the social sciences win large federal grants,” said Ehrenthal. “Snipes will help SSRI build support for faculty conducting community engaged research, an essential new research landscape. SSRI is fortunate to have such talented faculty join our leadership team.”
SSRI enables and facilitates research that addresses critical human and social challenges at the local, national, and international levels. The institute supports 58 cofunded faculty positioned within nine colleges and over 500 faculty across nine campuses via various funding mechanisms.