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Abstract #303818

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Activity Number: 74
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2005 : 8:00 PM to 9:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #303818
Title: Choosing a Career as a Statistician in a Liberal Arts College
Author(s): Shonda Kuiper*+ and Julie Legler and Carolyn Morgan
Companies: Grinnell College and St. Olaf College and Hampton University
Address: Dept of Math and Computer Science, Grinnell, IA, 50112, United States
Keywords: Career ; Liberal Arts College ; Teaching
Abstract:

Life as a liberal arts professor is idealized by many, but often it is not considered a career option for statisticians. This poster presents some perspectives on what it is like to be a statistician at a liberal arts college. Several statisticians who have had careers in business, industry, or government and have now transitioned into academia describe how their careers have changed. Benefits of a liberal arts career include working with small classes of bright, motivated students in an environment that encourages innovation. Many liberal arts colleges promote a sense of a close and interdisciplinary community along with the opportunity for pursuing a flexible and individualistic scholarly agenda. Having a clear sense of vocation in shaping young lives and helping to fill the pipeline with enthusiastic and talented students make being a liberal arts statistician particularly satisfying. Graduate school faculty also will find useful information for advising their students about career choices, including lists of potential college speakers, email, and other networks through which to find liberal arts positions and primary expectations of these colleges.


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