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Department of Sociology Don Dillman Fellowship

The fellowship provides dissertation research funds for graduate students currently pursuing their Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University.

This fellowship honors Don Dillman’s commitment to supporting graduate students and their research, as well as his passion for improving survey research and other data collection methods.

The Don Dillman Fellowship was born from an idea that Leah Christian, PhD ’07 and Jolene Smyth, PhD ’07 launched to honor the impact that Dr. Don Dillman had both on their personal and the many other graduate students’ educations, careers, and lives. They spearheaded a fundraising effort among the many graduate students that have been impacted by Don over these past 50 years. From this effort the Don Dillman Fellowship was endowed. In a fitting reflection for all that Don has done to support graduate students over the years the Fellowship’s stated purpose is to provide graduate students support as they complete their dissertation research.

Don is currently a Regents Professor in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University where he also serves as Deputy Director of the Social and Economics Sciences Research Center (SESRC). He has lived in Pullman since 1969 and has served as Chair of the Department of Rural Sociology (1973-1981), the Director of the SESRC (1986-1996) and was also a founding coordinator of the Public Opinion Laboratory in 1970. Throughout his distinguished career at Washington State University, Dr. Dillman has maintained an active research program authoring nearly 300 articles, books, and other publications. He has supported graduate students through his teaching, research grants and by serving on the dissertation committees for more than 100 graduate students, 29 of which he chaired. He is best known for his book, Mail and Telephone Surveys: The Total Design Method, the first of four editions published in 1978, 2000, 2009 and 2014, which continues to guide the design of student surveys in universities throughout the world.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Don Dillman Fellowship, please visit the WSU Foundation’s online giving site.