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Jackie Dietz Best JSE Paper Award

The Award

The Best JSE Paper Award was established in 2011 and is given annually to the best paper among all those appearing in the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE) in a given year as determined by the Best JSE Paper Award Committee. This award is named in honor of Jackie Dietz, the founding editor of the Journal of Statistics Education.

The award consists of a certificate and cash prize of $1,500 which is provided by a fund created by William I. Notz (to be divided equally if the best paper has multiple authors).


Consistent with the JSE editorial policy

  • "...for the improvement of statistics education at all levels, including elementary, secondary, post-graduate, continuing and workplace education."
  • "...enhance the exchange of a diversity of interesting and useful information among educators, practitioners, and researchers around the world."
  • "...intended audience includes anyone who teaches statistics, as well as those interested in research on statistical and probabilistic reasoning."


  • Presents original, novel ideas.
  • Provides new insights in some area of statistics education.


  • Has the potential to benefit a wide audience of readers.
  • Includes practical ideas that statistics teachers can use to improve their teaching.


  • Deals with important ideas.
  • Demonstrates some depth of investigation in a topic.


  • Engages and entices the reader.
  • Expresses ideas clearly, efficiently, and accurately.

Dates and Nominations

Outside nominations are not accepted. Only papers appearing in the Journal of Statistics Education are eligible for consideration by the committee.

Responsibilities of the Award Recipient

The award recipient(s) are responsible for providing a current photograph and general information, along with permission to reprint the work in ASA promotional materials.

Current Winners

Jennifer J. Kaplan of the University of Georgia, John Gabrosek of Grand Valley State University, Phyllis Curtiss of Grand Valley State University, and Christopher John Malone of Winona State University for their paper, "Investigating Student Understanding of Histograms," published in the Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 22, Number 2 (2014). Since histograms are adept at revealing the distribution of data values, especially the shape of the distribution and any outlier values, this paper was deemed fundamental to statistics education. The authors identified and discussed four misconceptions prevalent in student understanding of histograms. In addition, they presented pre and post-test results on an instrument designed to measure the extent to which the misconceptions persist after instruction. The results presented indicate not only that the misconceptions are commonly held by students prior to instruction, but also that they persist after instruction. Future directions for teaching and research were also considered.

Past Winners

2014: To Jennifer L. Green and Erin Blankenship for their paper "Primarily Statistics: Developing an Introductory Statistics Course for Pre-service Elementary Teachers." This award is given annually to the best paper among all those appearing in the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE) in a given year. The 2013 Best JSE Paper Award is given this year in honor of Jackie Deitz for her contributions to Statistics Education.

2013: To Roger Woodard and Herle McGowan of North Carolina State University for their paper titled "Redesigning a Large Introductory Course to Incorporate the GAISE Guidelines" published in the Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 20, Number 3 (2012).

2012: To Nathan Tintle, Jill VanderStoep, Vicki-Lynn Holmes, Brooke Quisenberry, and Todd Swanson for their paper titled "Development and assessment of a preliminary randomization-based introductory statistics curriculum" published in Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 19, Number 1 (2011).

2011: To Maxine Pfannkuch, Matt Regan, Chris Wild, and Nicholas J. Horton for their paper titled "Telling Data Stories: Essential Dialogues for Comparative Reasoning" published in the Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 18, Number 1 (2010).