Sandra Clarkson and William H. (Bill) Williams jointly received the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics Education for their long-term collaborative effort, innovation, and emphasis on evidence-based instruction at Hunter College.
The award was given to Clarkson and Williams in recognition of their exemplary work in overhauling Hunter College’s Elementary Probability and Statistics course (STAT 113). The course is taken not only by Hunter’s mathematics majors, but also by majors in other programs—among them nursing, psychology, adolescent education, and geographic information systems—and in Spring 2012 drew over 650 students, a typical enrollment total for the course.
Previously taught using traditional methods (e.g. classroom lectures, chalkboards), Clarkson and Williams’ redesigned STAT 113 course makes use of ActivStats, an innovative, multimedia DVD-ROM and software platform for teaching introductory statistics. STAT 113 students at Hunter now find their course material and sample data online; they learn by working interactively with the instructor and the software. The course curriculum is also now standardized across the many sections of the course (in Spring 2012 there were 29 sections of STAT 113). Clarkson and Williams have implemented a training program for all STAT 113 instructors, and have also undertaken rigorous assessment of the course.