Apply to be a regional StatPREP hub

Each year from 2017 to 2020, StatPREP will initiate two new regional hubs. We’re actively seeking partnerships with institutions willing to host StatPREP regional hubs and faculty members willing to serve as hub leaders. Our goal is to select institutions that are well-positioned to support the vision of StatPREP to improve statistics education by more data-centric approaches to teaching.

The hubs are regionally based, and will be geographically well-positioned to allow easy access for a large number of college statistics instructors to attend the workshop and then remain in contact with their workshop cohort.

Responsibilities of institutional hosts

  1. Provide the basic infrastructure to host two StatPREP workshops in consecutive summers. Such infrastructure includes:

* a suitable meeting room and breakout rooms for several small groups,
* IT support in the form of Internet access for participants’ laptops to off-campus sites,
* availability of several browser-equipped computer workstations for the few participants who may not have their own laptops
Each workshop will involve approximately 30 participants.
2. Work with the StatPREP project team to identify a hub leader affiliated with the institution, who will be the local organizer for all functions related to StatPREP during the two years from the time of the kick-off workshop to one year after the next year’s follow-up workshop. StatPREP will provide a one-course buy out each year to provide the needed time to work on StatPREP activities.
3. Participate in setting up an NSF sub-award from the StatPREP grant to cover costs associated with the workshop itself, and the disbursement of course buy-out funds for the hub leader as well as small stipends/expense-reimbursement for workshop participants.

Hub leaders

The hub leader will work closely with the StatPREP leadership team to:

  1. Organize, advertise, and run the summer workshops (workshop leaders, funding, and materials will be provided by StatPREP)
  2. Ensure IT infrastructure is in place to facilitate workshop and ongoing activities
  3. Maintain and organize ongoing communication and activities for local cohort of participants

As available, StatPREP will provide travel and stipend funds to support presentations by hub leaders at local and National conferences.

Application to be a regional hub

First, contact Project Team member Mike Brilleslyper mike.brilleslyper@usafa.edu to let him know of your interest. Then, you can arrange a phone conversation with Mike in which he can lead you through the items below and answer any questions you have.

Next, please send the answers as a letter to Mikayla Sweet (msweet@maa.org).

  1. You will need one or more full-time faculty members who enthusiastically support the mission of StatPREP and are willing to make a multi-year commitment to being a hub leader for the workshops and participants, before, during, between and hopefully after the workshops. Please list the names of potential faculty hub leaders at your institution and their backgrounds relative to the teaching of statistics.
  2. Please describe why your institution a good choice for a regional hub. Factors might include, among others, …

– appropriate geographic location for involving a suitable number of faculty, including those from other schools,
– interest in participating in StatPREP by a cohort of affiliated instructors,
– an institutional commitment to support instructors in bringing StatPREP lessons, as appropriate, into the courses at your school.
– physical facilities and how they are suitable for hosting the summer workshops and ongoing activities which may include some face-to- face meetings with cohort members.
3. Briefly describe your institution’s introductory statistics program.
a. Number/demographics (full time, part time, regular faculty, adjuncts, level of expertise) of faculty who teach introductory statistics,
b. Approximate number of students enrolled in introductory statistics each year,
c. Introductory statistics course format (traditional classroom settings, online, or both),
d. Number of sections/enrollment of introductory statistics offered per year,
e. Which departments teach introductory statistics on your campus (e.g. mathematics department only? several departments, including but not limited to the mathematics department? exclusively by departments other than the mathematics department?)
4. What is the process for assigning statistics classes to faculty at your institution?
5. Please include a letter of support from the department head and/or dean indicating their support for this proposal to be a regional hub.

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