Professor of Geography & Director of Social Science Research Center
Phone: (904) 256-7669
Office: Gooding Room #218
Ray Oldakowski is the principle investigator for PPI polling, a past Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, and has taught courses on polling and public opinion research since arriving at JU in 1990. Before coming to JU, Dr. Oldakowski served as a project coordinator and data analyst for the University of Illinois Survey Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, his master's degree from the University of Florida, and his bachelor's degree from Stetson University.
Dr. Oldakowski is a recipient of the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Award (2006), Jacksonville University Institutional Excellence Award (2006), is a National Geographic Society Education Foundation Grantee (2004), and a Past President of the Florida Society of Geographers (1998).
Dr. Oldakowski has served as coordinator for dozens of survey projects over the past 20 years. These have included surveys on Domestic Violence for the United Way of Northeast Florida, Fiscal Trends of Nonprofit Organizations for the Jessie Ball duPont fund, Race Relations for the Jacksonville Community Council, Program Evaluation for the Gateway Girl Scouts and North Florida Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, campaign surveys for candidates for the Florida House and Senate and Jacksonville City Council and School Board, and the Annual Jacksonville University Jacksonville Poll. Dr. Oldakowski has been a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research for over 20 years, and strictly adheres to the organization's guidelines, standards, and recommended practices for survey data collection (www.aapor.org).
- "Diffusion of Disc Golf Courses in the United States"