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About Ann Cannon

Ann Cannon is Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Dragged kicking and screaming by an Algebraist!

ann-cannonAnn Cannon, Cornell College

I teach in a very small department (we just increased from 3.5 to 4.5 tenure track positions this year), but the support for statistics at Cornell College is pretty amazing. Consider, for instance that for at least 30 years, one of those tenure track positions in the math department has been held by a statistician (me for the last 22 years). I’m also proud of the fact that for 40+ years the college has had a single introductory statistics course with multiple sections. This course is required for several majors and is the prerequisite for courses across the curriculum. Finally, when I was hired, the department and I agreed that when I taught math, I’d teach it the way the mathematicians wanted me to teach it, and when they taught stat, they’d teach it the way I wanted them to teach stat. This agreement continues today, though I rarely teach math anymore.[pullquote]…in workshop fashion, I helped my math colleagues to explore the new material.[/pullquote]

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