Scott Alberts is in his twentieth year at Truman, teaching Statistics and Interdisciplinary Studies. He serves as the director of Truman’s Center for Applied Statistics and Evaluation, and has previously served Truman as the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Portfolio Project Director, and interim Associate Provost. This year, he is also serving as the President of Truman’s Faculty Senate.
He believes that statistics should be used to make the world better. He researches quantitative methods for measuring behavior and decision-making, and the general process of data collection as a part of real-world projects. He frequently serves as a consultant and evaluator to the research of others, across a wide range of disciplines, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. He is interested in what should be part of a modern undergraduate statistics major, and how we can help students from a variety of backgrounds prepare for the data-driven future. His previous research investigated mathematics anxiety, and looked to find ways to reduce anxiety in ways that also improve mathematics performance.
Dr. Alberts received Truman’s Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence in 2010 and the MAA’s Dex Whittinghill Award for Statistics Education in 2011. He earned graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University in Illinois, and undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Mathematics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
He is also active at Trinity Episcopal Church, where he serves as the choirmaster and music coordinator.
He is also active with the Oberlin College Alumni Association, where he serves as the incoming Alumni Association President.
When not working, he likes games and puzzles, intellectual banter, good music, and bad television.
His wife Hyun-Joo Kim also teaches statistics here at Truman and they juggle schedules so they can handle their three children.
Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule:
|Fundamentals of Data Science||STAT 220||01
|Data Collection and Field Methods||STAT 210||01||MWF||2:30-3:30||VH 1204|
|Statistics Intermediate Seminar||STAT 412||01||M||11:30-12:20||VH 1204|
|Advanced Consulting Practicum (CASE)||STAT 412||01||F||11:30-12:20||VH 2251|
|Environmental Studies Practicum||ENVS 340||01||None|
Office hours: VH 2132 (and by appointment)
Courses I have taught:
STAT 190 – Basic Statistics
STAT 210 – Data Collection and Field Methods
STAT 220 – Fundamentals of Data Science
STAT 290 – Statistics
STAT 374 – Statistical Quality Control
STAT 375 – ANOVA/Experiment Design
STAT 376 – Nonparametric Statistics/Survey Sampling
STAT 380 – Topics: Introduction to Statistical Consulting
STAT 392 – Statistical Consulting w/Practicum
STAT 412 – Advanced Consulting Practicum
STAT 487 – : Multivariate Statistics Through Data Mining
STAT 487 – Datafest!
MATH 400 – Introduction to Operations Research
IDSM 175 – Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
IDSM 475 – Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone
JINS 352 –Why You’re Wrong: Changing the World Through Data:
DS 480 – Disability Studies Capstone
ENVS 340 – Environmental Practicum