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Statistics Program Executive Committee Membership

Committee Position   Member University Appointment Final Year of 3-year Term
Chair  Joseph Watkins Professor of Mathematics, College of Science 2017
Vice Chair  Melanie Bell Professor of Biostatistics, College of Public Health 2018
Recruitment and Admissions Committee Kathie Barnes Professor of Law, College of Law 2019
Colloquia and Forums Committee Helen Zhang Professor of Mathematics, College of Science 2017
Curriculum Committee Ed Bedrick Professor of Biostatistics, College of Public Health 2019

Examinations Committee

Lingling An Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2019

The Executive Committee assists the Chair in providing general oversight and direction for the GIDP, via the following activities:

  1. providing advice and counsel to the GIDP Chair regarding appointments to GIDP committees,
  2. preparing and submitting an annual review of Program activities and accomplishments to the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs,
  3. ruling on any curriculum matters brought by GIDP students,
  4. promoting interdepartmental awareness and supporting education and research related to the field of Statistics,
  5. advising the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and the Vice President for Research on issues pertinent to the GIDP and to the field of Statistics, and
  6. reviewing these Bylaws annually to ensure that the GIDP structure remains modern, pertinent, and operable

Four members of the Executive Committee serve as chairs for the Program’s standing committees, (a) Recruitment and Admissions, (b) Curriculum, (c) Colloquia and Forums, and (d) Examinations Committee. The Program Vice Chair oversees Executive Committee elections, the annual progress report, and represents the program in place of the Chair as needed.

The duties of the Chair are to:

  1. convene and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee to be held not less than once a semester; (once a month is standard)
  2. help guide the efforts of the Executive Committee in acquiring University and other external resources to support the full functioning of the GIDP and effectively manage the budget and financial resources of the Program;
  3. convene and preside at meetings of the larger GIDP in Statistics at least once per year and otherwise as needed;
  4. prepare Promotion & Tenure and Continuing Review documentation for faculty members of the GIDP according to University policies and procedures;
  5. monitor and update catalogue and other copy of all GIDP curricular and promotional materials; and
  6. with the advice and counsel of the Executive Committee appoint and supervise the Standing Committees of the GIDP. 
Last updated 12 Sep 2016