The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Statistics was held on Zoom at 12:30pm, November 9, 2020. Abel Rodriguez, Department Chair, presided at the meeting. Kristine Chan was recording secretary. 

New Business 

Minutes from previous faculty meetings (10/12, 10/19, 10/26) were reviewed, voted on, and approved by the eligible voting faculty who were present. 

The Chair then asked the faculty about how our department should handle conflicts of interest in regards to selecting and discussing candidates for the junior faculty search. The two main aspects of the discussion were: (1) defining what is a conflict-of-interest and (2) identifying from which discussions and votes the conflicted faculty member should be excluded. There was also a discussion about the advisability of hiring alumni of the PhD program as faculty.  A survey poll that reflects the different positions put forward during the discussion will be circulated to voting faculty to determine the exact form of the conflict-of-interest policy.    

Executive Session 

Marina Meila announced the voting results of the Dorothy Gilford Teaching award and the Z.W. Birnbaum award that was taken last week. She plans to present the awards at Blackwell Seminar happening on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:30pm. 

We then resumed and completed last week’s discussion on the progress and future of most current Ph.D. students.   


There being no other items to discuss, the meeting passed to an executive session at 1:12pm and was adjourned at 1:52pm.