Dr. Willits served as a member of the Penn State faculty from 1964 through 2012, and continues to do teaching and research at the University. Her research has focused on assessing, through opinion surveys, changes across time in public perceptions of current social issues; continuity and change in attitudes and behavior of individuals across the lifespan; changing views of University students and faculty concerning teaching quality and the campus community; and methodological issues for improving the quality of survey data. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, bulletins, and other publications through a variety of professional outlets