Educational Ambassadors Sought
The American Statistical Association (ASA) Committee on International Relations in Statistics (CIRS) is seeking qualified nationals from Rwanda,
Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Bolivia, Peru, and Saudi Arabia to serve as 2023 Educational Ambassadors.
In 2023, the ASA will select one Educational Ambassador to receive funding to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings and take one or more continuing education (CE) courses in an emerging area of research. The ambassadors will then return to disseminate
the subject matter in their home country and/or region.
The application deadline is December 31.
Selected ambassadors will be expected to complete the following:
The ASA will arrange and pay for the selected ambassador’s airfare, hotel, meeting registration, and CE course registration. The ASA also will reimburse the visa application fee and provide a $500 stipend. The Educational Ambassador will
also receive free ASA membership for a year.
Candidates for the ambassadorship must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in statistics or a related field and be employed at the level of assistant or associate professor at a recognized university or research organization promoting the teaching
and application of statistics.
Interested candidates should use this link to submit the required materials.
To welcome new international members to the American Statistical Association and create a trust for cooperation, the Educational Ambassador Program was launched by the Committee on International Relations in Statistics in 2005 to recruit a number of educational
ambassadors from foreign countries. The program was developed to advance lasting collaboration between the ASA and other international statistical societies for permanent exchanges of knowledge.
A person holding a PhD in statistics or biostatistics who is open to studying a new area of research and who has an interest in teaching this new area of research is qualified to be an educational ambassador.
The Committee on International Relations in Statistics (CIRS) puts out a call for applications through various international channels. The committee members and Chair also serve as the selection committee.
The applicants are required to submit the following:
Educational ambassadors are subsidized to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings. At JSM, the chosen educational ambassador will attend a Continuing Education (CE) course in an emerging area of research (unknown in their own country) and receive a complimentary
ASA membership for one year.
The educational ambassador will then return to his or her home country and, within the next year, teach a class of no fewer than 10 students at the master’s degree level the subject matter of the CE course taken.
The educational ambassador will give a report to the Committee on International Relations in Statistics about his or her experiences as an educational ambassador.
The educational ambassador is encouraged to repeat the class he or she taught in neighboring countries in person or through webinars.