Carolyn Dobler


Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from Augustana College (Illinois) in Accounting and Business Administration.  She worked as a CPA for 2 years before beginning graduate study in statistics, receiving an MS in Statistics from University of Iowa.  Carolyn then became an instructor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Saint Ambrose College (now University) for 3 years.  She continued graduate study in statistics at University of Iowa, receiving PhD under the direction of Dr. Tim Robertson.  She was an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Pittsburgh for 3 years; for two summers she studied at Stanford University on an NSF fellowship. Carolyn has been on the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College since 1992, and is currently professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.  She has been involved with the Section for Statistical Education of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in various capacities, as well as an associate editor of reviews for the ASA. 

Carolyn's interest in statistics began at a young age, when she was denied the chance to try out for Little League because she was a girl (pre Title IX).  To channel her interest in baseball, her father taught her to keep score at minor league baseball games.  Although her passion for baseball has waned over the years, her passion for statistics has not.  As statistics permeates virtually every discipline, her love of statistics allows her to interact with faculty in many departments on campus. 

Carolyn served as co-coordinator (with Chris Gilbert, Political Science) for the College's self study process for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in April 2013.  She also has served as the College Assessment Director (2011-2014) and chair of the MCS Department (2007-2010).  In 2009, she was the recipient of the Faculty Service Award. 

While on sabbatical in 2013-2014, she dipped her toes in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean Sea, Lake Superior, Laguna de Apoyo, and capsized in a kayak on the Mississippi River. 

Carolyn has one daughter, Laura, who is a senior at Gustavus. 


B.A. Augustana College, M.S. and Ph.D. University of Iowa

Courses Taught


MCS-142 (Introduction to Statistics) and MCS-342 (Probability and Statistics II)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MCS-140Elementary Statistics212011/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MCS-142Introduction to Statistics182014/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MCS-242Applied Statistical Methods82012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/JN, and 1999/SP
MCS-341Probability & Stats I72014/FA, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2002/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
MCS-342Probability and Statistics II62013/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
MCS-115The Nature of Math42010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2007/SP
MCS-092Mathematics Oral Exam32010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP
MCS-358Mathematical Model Building32010/JN, 2008/JN, and 2002/JN
MCS-090Mathematics and Computer Science Oral Exam32009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
MCS-350Honors Thesis32009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2005/FA
EDU-373Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials22011/FA and 2011/SP
FTS-100First Term Seminar22010/FA and 2007/FA
MCS-201Math Foundtns-MS Tchrs12012/SP
MCS-101Mathematics & Origami12011/JN
MCS-153Math Origami12005/JN
MCS-344Topics in Advanced Mathematics12001/FA
MCS-268Career Exploration12001/JN
MCS-250Operations Research12000/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.