Associate Professor/Director of Statistics Education
Office: VSC 200E
Dr. Jana Asher joined the department in 2019 as a tenure track faculty member. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Japanese Studies from Wellesley College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her research interests include questionnaire design, survey methods, record linkage, history of statistics, community-engaged education, and statistics education. She became a Fellow of the American Statistical Assocation (ASA) in 2009 and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute in 2010. Within the ASA, she is currently a Council of Sections Representative on the Board of Directors (2023-2025). Within the ISI, she is the Chair of the Committee on the History of Statistics (March 2022-March 2025).
Dr. Asher is also a Service-Learning Associate of the Office for Community-Engaged Learning at SRU. In that role, she develops better service-learning techniques and trains SRU faculty in community-engaged practice.
Outside of work, Dr. Asher is a member of the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Interfaith Evolutions Corporation (PIE), a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading interfaith understanding. PIE was formed in honor of Joyce Fienberg, a victim of the Tree of Life Massacre in 2018.