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Activity Number: 241
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2016 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #320620 View Presentation
Title: Professional Opportunities at Smaller Colleges and Universities
Author(s): KB Boomer* and Douglas Andrews* and Monika Hu* and Adam Loy* and Eric Reyes*
Companies: Bucknell University and Wittenberg University and Vassar University and Lawrence University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Keywords: career opportunities ; liberal arts schools ; teaching ; undergraduate education

There are many rewards and challenges of teaching at small liberal arts, engineering and other specialized academic institutions. These positions are often housed in Mathematics departments, as the lone or one of a few statisticians. Rewards include having a direct impact on undergraduate education and your Department as a whole, including a greater focus on undergraduate teaching, influencing the statistics curriculum, and working on projects with interdisciplinary faculty and talented undergraduate students. The opportunity comes with managing a careful balance, between developing as an effective teacher, continuing quality impactful research, and service as part of an academic community over which you can make meaningful contributions. This panel will give an overview of working in this environment, including having the opportunity to modernizing the curriculum, running a pro bono consulting center, and the perspective of a first-year faculty member. Challenges associated with feeling isolated in a Mathematics department can be minimized with the support of a broad network of faculty members in similar academic settings, through the Isolated Statistician listserv.

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