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Villanova Creates Center for Statistics Education

1 July 2013 83 views No Comment

Villanova University is pleased to share with the statistics community the creation of the new center for statistics education, a center of excellence in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University.

The goals of the center include the following:

  • To provide professional development for teachers in the greater Philadelphia region at the K–16 levels
  • To create programs in statistics education for students at Villanova University
  • To conduct research on effective methods in statistics instruction and pedagogy

The center also works with faculty throughout the university to improve statistics in the curricula across many disciplines. Anyone interested in participating—as an attendee of professional development workshops, sharer of news related to statistics education in the community, participant in one of our statistics education programs, or giver of suggestions as to how we can serve the Philadelphia community—should contact the director, Michael Posner, at michael.posner@villanova.edu or visit the website.

Posner has been involved in the statistics education community for many years, including providing professional development opportunities and serving on national committees of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and Mathematical Association of America in statistics education. He is currently the associate director for professional development of the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) and an active publisher in statistics education research journals. His teaching has been recognized with the 2012 Waller Education Award from the ASA, 2012 Alder Award from the MAA, and 2010 Villanova University Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching. He also serves as the educational outreach officer of the ASA Philadelphia Chapter and on a few ASA task forces.

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