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Ed Nelson

Silver Level Contributor  MERLOT Author  Member of VSB  Peer Reviewer
California State University, Fresno
Primary Discipline:
Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Feb 15, 2017
Member Since: Oct 18, 2008



Primary Affiliation:
  • California State University, Fresno (Education, 4 Year/4 Year + Grad, CA, United States)

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Contact Information

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Member of VSB Since: Jun 17, 2016
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Fees Involved: Negotiable
Technical Formats: Conference Calls, Discussion Forums, Email, Face-To-Face, Online/Video Conferencing
Topics of Expertise: Statistics, Research Methods, Critical Thinking, Developing instructional materials

Skills & Interests

  • Social Sciences (Expert)
    Developing instructional materials for the social sciences

Education History

  • Ph.d. Sociology (12/1968)
  • M.A. Sociology (06/1965)


  • Professor Emeritus of Sociology (07/2014 - 07/2014) CSU Fresno


  • Ernest L. Cowles and Edward Nelson. (2015). An introduction to survey research. Business Expert Press.
  • Linda Fiddler, John L. Korey, Edward E. Nelson (editor), Elizabeth Ness Nelson. (2015). IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows 23.0: A Basic Tutorial. Available online at (earlier editions published by McGraw Hill Learning Solutions).
  • Matilda White Riley and Edward E. Nelson. (1974). Sociological Observation -- A Strategy for New Social Knowledge. Basic Books.


  • Merlot Sociology Editorial Board
    co-editor 09/2014 - Current
  • California Sociological Association
    Executive Director 11/2006 - Current
  • Social Science Research and Instructional Council
    member 09/1975 - Current

Honors and Awards

  • William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative (10/2005)

Teaching Experience

  • Critical Thinking About Society (Spring 2016)
    CSU Fresno - Sociology
  • Quantitative Research Methods (Fall 2010)
    CSU Fresno - Sociology
    Taught this courses for many years before retiring.
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences (Fall 2010)
    CSU Fresno - Sociology
    Taught this courses for many years before retiring.


  • "State and Regional Professional Associations--the Case of the CSA and the PSA, 11/01/2015
    California Sociological Association, Sacramento
  • What People Tell Us; What People Do, 11/01/2015
    California Sociological Association, Sacramento
  • Integrating Quantitative Literacy Resources into the Curriculum, 03/01/2014
    Pacific Sociological Association, Reno, NV (March, 2013) and Portland, OR (March, 2104)
  • Quality of Life in the Central San Joaquin Valley, 11/01/2012
    California Sociological Association, Riverside