A regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Statistics was held in C-301 Padelford Hall at 12:30pm, November 18th, 2019. Daniel Pollack, Interim Chair, presided at the meeting. Kristine Chan was recording secretary.

Chair’s Remarks
Daniel Pollack informed that faculty that there will be faculty lunches with the chair candidates on Tuesday and Thursday (Nov. 19 & 21). If any faculty would like to sign up, please reach out to Kristine Chan.

Pollack has also announced the junior search timeline has shifted due to much focus on the chair search. The Appointments Committee Meeting schedule will be adjusted and available after Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 20).

There will be a Holiday Party for Faculty, Postdocs, Staff, and family on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the UW Waterfront Center (WAC). 

Committee Reports
Tyler McCormick provided updates on the committee report regarding the Provost Data Science Taskforce.  From previous discussions, there were three things that were undergoing development: (1) minor in data science, (2) faculty hiring, and (3) support course development to support the minor. 

McCormick is currently preparing a tentative proposal which will soon reach the faculty in the next few weeks with the intent to propose a minor in data science with the structure that will outline the curriculum and hiring plan. So far, there is no permanent support for hiring faculty – the program will provide support for 50% of salary & benefits, up to the maximum $80k for 6 years, or full support for 3 years. 

Hiring for these position(s) will begin next year in 2020-2021.

There being no announcements and new business, the meeting passed into the executive session at 12:50pm and was adjourned at 2:00pm.