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Waller Awards


Andrew Zieffler, University of Minnesota

Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University

Andrew Zieffler, University of Minnesota


2014 Waller Education Award Winner


To Andrew Zieffler in recognition of his outstanding contributions to and innovations in the teaching of elementary statistics.






Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University


2014 Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award Winner


To Robin Lock in recognition of his many years of outstanding teaching and contributions and creative efforts in statistical education.



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.

The Award


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
Please email the completed nomination package to pamela@amstat.org or mail to the American Statistical Association, ATTN: Award Nominations, 732 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

If you have questions, please email the committee chair.


Past Waller Education Award Winners

2013: Nathan Tintle, Dordt College, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to and innovation in the teaching of elementary statistics.

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