The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Statistics was held on Zoom at 12:30pm, October 11, 2021. Abel Rodriguez, Department Chair, presided at the meeting. Kristine Chan was recording secretary.

The meeting started with all participants sharing updates on personal news, achievements over the summer, and progress of fall quarter to allow the faculty, staff and graduate student representatives to get acquainted/reacquainted. 

Chair Remarks 

The Chair reported the following items: 

  1. TA assignments: There were challenges with the TA assignments during Fall quarter due to the ratio between TA/RA positions available. Some challenges are also expected in Winter quarter. The need for flexibility on the part of faculty around the timing of research assistantships and the assignment of teaching assistants to specific courses was discussed.  

  1. Feedback from students on hybrid courses: Feedback from graduate students about the mix between remote and in-person learning on hybrid courses has been conflicting. Some students would have preferred a heavier emphasis on remote learning, while other would have preferred a heavier emphasis on in-person. The department has been emphasizing the desire to balance the needs of various groups, and of treating Autumn 2021 as a transition quarter.  

  1. Faculty retreat: This event will be happening on Friday, December 17 at the Waterfront Activity Center (WAC). More details will come it gets closer to the date.  Pandemic permitting, we hope to host a holiday party in the evening right after the retreat. 

New Business 

Birnbuam award process: The Chair briefly summarized that this discussion was a continuation from last spring, and the focus on changes to (1) the wording of the award, and (2) the nomination process. Two documents were shared to the faculty (you can access it here and here). Erosheva went over the wording of the modified citation that clarifies the intent in recognizing the quality of the student’s research and then the procedures of nomination. Faculty present provided their feedback, came to an agreement, and approved the new citation and nomination process. 

Gilford award process: This item was not discussed in the meeting and will be deferred at a later date. This year, the award process will remain the same, except for the establishment of a formal call for nomination with a deadline that is prior to the date of the award discussion. 

Student Conduct Presentation: Disha Osika-Dass and Deanne Liu from the Community Standards & Student Conduct (CSSC) gave a presentation on academic misconduct, mainly pertaining to students cheating, engaging in prohibited behavior, reporting, etc. You can see details on their slides and website. You can also contact them at or (206)685-6194.


There being no other items to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 2:00pm.