Moderator Ann Cannon
group and had everyone introduce themselves. There were 46 people in
The Tenure Review Process
in a Math Department
Nick Horton was
tenure review experiences and pointers from others at small colleges.
the MAA guidelines helpful and was looking for more advice. The
suggestions were made:
Make sure your research goes to a
reviewer outside your college (and preferably to another isolated
since he/she will understand your situation). Also, it’s important that
work is reviewed by a statistician, not by a theoretical mathematician.
Rely on the isostat group to verify
Talk to your department chair, so
he/she knows what journals are peer-reviewed (e.g., since JSE is an
journal, it may not be perceived as peer-reviewed).
Get letters of support from
colleagues with whom you’ve consulted.
Argue that consulting is
professional development and is not simply part of teaching.
Look at the ethical guidelines of
The group agreed that
this kind of
conversation is very important and should take place periodically at
Obtaining Grants by
John McKenzie wondered
were potential grants for isolated statisticians. If so, he wondered
grants are and what are they for (e.g., computer labs, research). He
the following responses:
It is difficult for statisticians at
small colleges (especially those with no grants officer) to receive a
grant. It may be helpful to network with colleagues at large research
universities who have been successful at getting grants (since it’s
good for them to do outreach).
NSF officers suggest that there is
money out there – for example, there are small grants for transplanting
a successful program from one school to another.
The Office of Naval Research, EPA,
and Department of Forestry are all potential granting agencies.
The program officer for a grant is a
good resource, as he/she knows what the reviewers are looking for.
It is hard to get a grant by
yourself. You have a better chance if the grant writing team is
interdisciplinary – either within your own college or across colleges.
It would be nice for isolated
statisticians to share successful grant applications (potentially
through the website).
Doug Andrews mentioned that there
are $500 grants for ASA Chapter Career Days – see him for more
Meetings of Isolated Statisticians
John McKenzie and Dex
gave a brief history of the regional meetings of the isolated
The New England region meets every year
there are so many colleges and there are shorter distances between the
colleges), whereas other regions meet sporadically or not at all. A
of the importance of regional meetings and potential funding sources
led to the
The Exxon foundation funded the original
isostat meeting and could possibly be asked for more money. Local
ASA could also fund part of a meeting. Furthermore, your school may be
to host a meeting, simply for public relations purposes.
Funding my not be necessary, as people
may come without having their trip paid for.
When organizing a regional isostat
meeting, we should reach out to 2-year college teachers and AP teachers.
Get people from industry to talk at
Identifying Websites of
Interest to Isolated Statisticians
John McKenzie asked
that are of interest to isolated statisticians. The following list was
As a parting note,
people to pass dead links onto the web author and for web authors to
the page has been last updated.
Isostat Website –
Joy Jordan, the author
isostat website, asked if the website should be continued and what
added. It was decided that the site should be continued, and that a
section should be added (including information about the tenure review
and about external funding), as well as two additions (CAUSE and
ARTIST) to the
Different Types of JSM
Sessions and the Deadlines Involved.
Dex Whittinghill, 2004
Chair, explained the different types of JSM sessions (invited, topic
contributed sessions and panels, and regular contributed sessions) and
corresponding deadlines. Karen McGaughy is next year’s program chair.
George Cobb briefly discussed the
recommendations of two ASA task forces (one on the ASA student magazine
other on graduate education and research).
Weiwen Miao announced that
Macalaster has an opening for a second statistician.
Jackie Miller announced that USCOTS
will be held at OhioState,
May 19 – 21, 2005.
Brad Hartlaub (firstname.lastname@example.org)
asked people to apply to be AP readers.
there are 10 – 15 slots each year for student researchers.
Diane Evans announced that
Rose-Hulman is hosting a conference March 19 – 20, 2005, and is looking for student
Picture and Adjournment
Joy Jordan took a
picture of the
isostat group for the website, and then the meeting adjourned at .