The Waller Education Award was established by a contribution from retired ASA Executive Director Ray Waller and his wife, Carolyn, to honor individuals for innovation in the instruction of elementary statistics.
The Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award is intended to recognize an individual for sustained excellence in teaching and statistics education.
Recipients for each award receive a certificate and $1000 check.
Qualifications - Waller Education Award
Nominees should be early in their career, with 10 or fewer years of full-time teaching and responsibility for teaching the first course in statistics in a two- or four-year college or research university. Graduate teaching assistants are eligible for nomination. The recipient will be selected according to the following criteria:
- Commitment to teaching elementary statistics
- Demonstrated innovation in teaching elementary statistics
- Letters of support from students, colleagues, and supervisors
- Broader impact of the nominee on statistical education beyond the nominee's institution
Qualifications - Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award
Nominees must have 20 or more years of statistics teaching experience. The recipient will be selected according to the following criteria:
- Excellence in teaching across a variety of statistics courses
- Innovation, scholarship, and creative efforts in education
- Impact in statistics education beyond the nominee's institution
Nominees who are currently active in teaching and education-related scholarship will receive stronger consideration from the selection committee.
Nomination and Award Dates
Nominations for both awards are due by March 15. The award is presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in August of the same year.
Responsibilities of Award Recipients
The award recipient will be responsible for providing a current photograph and general personal information the year the award is presented. The American Statistical Association uses this information to publicize the award and prepare the prize.
How to Submit a Nomination for the Waller Awards
Nominations should be submitted as a complete packet, consisting of the following:
- A nomination letter no longer than four pages addressing points in the selection criteria
- The nominee's curriculum vitae
- A maximum of four support letters, each no longer than two pages
If you have questions, please email the committee chair.
Past Waller Education Award Winners
2012: Michael Posner, Villanova University, in recognition of outstanding contributions to and innovation in the teaching of elementary statistics.
2011: Michelle Everson, University of Minnesota, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to and innovation in the teaching of elementary statistics.
2010: Amy G. Froelich, Iowa State University, in recognition of outstanding contributions to and innovation in the teaching of elementary statistics.
2009: Nicholas Horton, Smith College, in recognition of his wide ranging impact and influence on statistics education.
2008: Steve Wang, Swarthmore College, in recognition of his far-reaching impact on the understanding of and appreciation for statistics among students and the public.
2007: Jo Hardin, Pomona College
2006: Joy Jordan, Lawrence University
2005: Roger Woodard, North Carolina State University
2004: Ginger Holmes Rowell, MSFC
2003: John Holcomb, Cleveland State University
2002: Beth Chance, California Polytechnic State University