Member Profile

Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson


Ed Nelson is an author of materials Ed Nelson is a member of the Virtual Speakers Bureau Ed Nelson is a Peer Reviewer



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Virtual Speakers Bureau

Skills & Interests

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


  • 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

Education History

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


  • 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.

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.

Honors & Awards

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


  • "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)


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