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
Areas of Expertise
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|MCS-140||Elementary Statistics||21||2011/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-142||Introduction to Statistics||19||2015/SP, 2014/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-242||Applied Statistical Methods||8||2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/JN, and 1999/SP|
|MCS-342||Probability and Statistics II||7||2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP|
|MCS-341||Probability & Stats I||7||2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2002/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA|
|MCS-115||The Nature of Math||4||2010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2007/SP|
|MCS-092||Mathematics Oral Exam||3||2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP|
|MCS-358||Mathematical Model Building||3||2010/JN, 2008/JN, and 2002/JN|
|MCS-090||Mathematics and Computer Science Oral Exam||3||2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA|
|MCS-350||Honors Thesis||3||2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2005/FA|
|EDU-373||Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials||2||2011/FA and 2011/SP|
|FTS-100||First Term Seminar||2||2010/FA and 2007/FA|
|MCS-201||Math Foundtns-MS Tchrs||1||2012/SP|
|MCS-101||Mathematics & Origami||1||2011/JN|
|MCS-344||Topics in Advanced Mathematics||1||2001/FA|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.