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2020 Faculty Election

Jan Hannig

Running for: Faculty Assembly Delegation
  • Professor
  • Statistics and Operations Research, Arts and Sciences
  • Appointed: 2008
  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2000
  • Candidate Website
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I am a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research. My current research interests are foundations of data science and statistics, and their applications to biology and forensic science. In my own research I do not shy away from controversial topics. To date I have advised and co-advised 21 Ph.D. students and mentored 2 postdocs. I view advising of PhD students and postdocs as arguably the most rewarding and important aspect of the academic job. I served two terms on the Faculty Council where I developed a reputation for asking tough questions. I also serve on Grievance Committee and Student Stores Advisory Committee.

Candidate Statement

I am running for a seat on the Faculty Assembly Delegation. Bodies such as Faculty Council and Faculty Assembly have, in my opinion, limited actual power. Their real influence lies in bringing up topics for discussion, and asking the administration hard, honest, respectful questions. I have asked many such questions during my time on the Faculty Council. If elected, I will continue to do so at the systemwide level. We need to keep the general administration accountable in the hard times we are experiencing. If elected, I would make sure that issues related to being a world-class research university are not lost in the systemwide discussions. I would also advocate for competitive salaries and conditions for a healthy work-life balance. I believe that it is very important that men take their share of responsibility in this area.

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