Sarah Nusser

Sarah Nusser

  • Professor
Sarah Nusser is professor of statistics and affiliated with the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) at Iowa State University. She is currently visiting professor at University of Virginia’s Social and Decision Analytics Division of the Biocomplexity Institute.

Nusser served as vice president for research at Iowa State University from 2014 to 2020. As vice president for research, Nusser led efforts to advance the research mission at Iowa State, including leadership for campus-wide programs for faculty research success, interdisciplinary initiatives, and ethical research practice. In that capacity, she served as chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research and co-chair the Association of American Universities-APLU Public Access Working Group, and currently serves on the project team and steering committee of the AAU-APLU Accelerating Public Access to Research Data (APARD) initiative.

Nusser’s current research focuses on improving the reusability and impact of publicly accessible research data. She leads an NSF-funded study to develop a framework that describes factors and practices that promote reusability of research data. Previous research activities involved survey statistics and methodology for land-based and population surveys and were supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and federal statistical agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics. She twice served as director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Nusser currently serves as chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, is a member of the Committee on Transparency and Reproducibility in Federal Statistics, and recently completed her service on the Committee on National Statistics. Nusser is also a member of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Enhancing Rigor, Transparency and Translatability in Animal Research. She is fellow of the American Statistical Association and elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and has served on numerous scientific panels, advisory committees and governing boards.


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  • Ph.D., Statistics, Iowa State University, 1990
  • M.S., Botany, North Carolina State University, 1983
  • B.S., Botany, University of Wisconsin, 1980