Apply to be a regional StatPREP hub

Overview

StatPREP strives to bring modern, data-centric pedagogies to introductory statistics through a series of two-year regional workshops and follow-up activities. The sites where StatPREP workshops are held are called hubs and each hub has a local hub leader. Two new hub sites will be selected for each summer in 2018, 2019, and 2020.  The information and application procedure given below are for institutions interested in partnering with StatPREP to serve as a hub. Please read the following information carefully before submitting an application to be a future StatPREP hub site. Note: applications are due by September 5, 2017.

Hub Leader Responsibilities

In applying to be a host institution, the first and foremost requirement is the designation of a full-time faculty member willing to serve as the hub leader.  This individual must be dedicated to supporting the goals of StatPREP and will serve as the central liaison between the StatPREP leadership team, workshop leaders, and the cohort of participants. As part of the StatPREP sub-award to the institution, the hub leader will receive a one-course buyout each of the two years of the program,  and will have access to travel money to disseminate information and results about StatPREP. In addition, the sub-award will provide the funds to run two workshops and provide small travel stipends to the workshop participants.

The hub leader should be a full-time faculty member and an experienced statistics instructor who is interesting in using real data and modern computing power to teach introductory statistics. Moreover, the hub leader should have excellent communication and organization skills.  The hub leader will have primary responsibility for the following activities:

  • The logistical planning for organizing two 1.5 day workshops (to be held in consecutive summers).  This includes the scheduling of facilities adequate for large group (approximately 35 people) lectures, as well as 3 – 4 smaller rooms to be used for breakout sessions.  All rooms will need computer projection capability. The workshop participants will require Internet access.  In addition, the hub leader will need to set up workshop registration and provide for multiple meals and snack breaks to be catered during the workshop.  Other items may include providing directions, parking passes, and maps for participants.  The hub leader will also need to recommend lodging accommodations for workshop leaders and any members of the StatPREP team that attend the workshop.  
  • As the workshop date approaches, the hub leader will need to be in contact with the workshop leader to deal with any particular schedule requests, copying needs, or any other miscellaneous items that arise.
  • Following the workshop, the hub leaders will handle the logistics of providing stipend payments for the participants.
  • During the academic year between the workshops, the hub leader will serve as the main point of contact among the workshop participants. The hub leader will facilitate on-going communication with the cohort of participants, encourage dialog, provide resources, and solicit feedback as the participants implement the methods learned in the workshop. In addition, the hub leaders will organize one or more face-to-face opportunities during the academic year for the participants to meet and share their experiences.  
  • The hub leader will facilitate ongoing activities and support for the academic year following the 2nd workshop.

Hub Sites

While having an enthusiastic and well-qualified hub leader is of vital importance to the program, it is equally important that the hub site meet the needs of StatPREP.  Please consider the following requirements before completing an application.

  • The application deadline for being a hub for Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 is September 5, 2017.
  • StatPREP hub sites should be colleges (with preference given to two-year colleges) with a robust statistics program.
  • Hub sites should be easily accessible by car to several other colleges.  Each StatPREP hub is intended to be a regional cohort of instructors.  Thus, most participants should be able to drive to the hub site in less than 2 hours.
  • The hub site should have excellent physical facilities suitable for running the two summer workshops.
  • StatPREP seeks geographic diversity in selecting hub sites over the life of the project.  The 2017 sites were held in the Los Angeles area and in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

Institutional Support

Finally, potential hub sites must have strong institutional support.  The application must include a letter from a Department Head, Dean, Provost, or President who can commit the college’s resources and the hub leader’s time to meeting the obligations of being a hub site.

How to Apply

To apply to be a StatPREP hub, complete the following items and send as an email attachment to mike.brilleslyper@usafa.edu

  1. A cover letter indicating why your institution is a good choice for a hub site. Please indicate in what summer you would like to host your first workshop.  Choices are 2018, 2019, and 2020. Also indicate if you are flexible concerning the year.
  2. The name and qualifications of the person who will serve as the hub leader. Please include a current CV for the hub leader.
  3. The basic demographics of your institution, to include the size of the statistics program (which departments teach statistics, how many sections, how many students, and how many faculty members, etc.).
  4. A letter of institutional support from an appropriate administrator.

Hub sites for kick-off workshops

  • 2017:
  • College of the Canyons (Los Angeles area) June 9 – 10, 2017
  • College of Saint Catherine (Minneapolis/St.Paul area) June 23-24, 2017
  • 2018:
  • To be determined in Fall 2017. We’d appreciate receiving applications by Sept. 5, 2017.
  • To be determined in Fall 2017. We’d appreciate receiving applications by Sept. 5, 2017.
  • 2019:
  • To be determined
  • To be determined
  • 2020:
  • To be determined
  • To be determined