Dr. Michael Posner is an Associate Professor of
Statistics in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics at Villanova University,
where he has been since 2005 after completing his Ph.D. in biostatistics at
Boston University. His publications and
research span the fields of statistics education research, biostatistics, public
health, health care research, statistics and the law, educational research, and
analysis of observational studies. Dr. Posner is an Executive Committee member
of the ASA Section on Statistics Education.
He has served as the Associate Director for Professional Development for
the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE),
as past-chair of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of
America (SIGMAA) for Statistics
Education, and as Co-Chair of the ASA/MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate
Statistics. He served as Education Outreach Officer for the Philadelphia
Chapter of the ASA and Treasurer of the Boston Chapter of the ASA.
He currently serves as PI on Training a New Generation of Statistic
Educators (TANGO Stat Ed), a national training grant for community college
statistics instructors, and Co-PI on Data Science For All, to create modules for
the Data Science curriculum, both funded through the
National Science Foundation.
Dr. Posner won the 2010 Villanova University Faculty Award for Innovative
Teaching, the MAA's
2012 Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the ASA's
Education Award. He is the founding director of the
for Statistics Education, a Center for Excellence in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, which provides professional
development training in statistics education to K-16 teachers in the Greater
Philadelphia Area and training in statistical research methods to faculty at
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Training a New Generation of
Statistics Educators (TANGO Stat Ed).
National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM
Education program. Three
year, $571,091 grant through the IUSE solicitation.
Create regional hubs to promote statistics education,
including establishing mentor relationships and professional
My role is Principal Investigator, 2015-2017.
TANGO Stat Ed Website.
Data Computing for All: Developing an
Introductory Data Science Course in Flipped Format.
National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM
Education program. Three
year, $235,044 planning grant.
Co-Principal Investigator, 2014-2017.
Secondary School Students and Teachers Through a Proficiency-based
Assessment and Reassessment of Learning Objectives (PARLO) System in
Science Foundation Discovery Grant (DRK-12).
$2.4 million, 4-year grant to examine an assessment paradigm
in 9th grade algebra and geometry classes through a
randomized controlled trial of 44 schools.
Based on the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in
Chicago and Posner’s classroom-based research study.
Statistician and Co-Principal Investigator.
2010-2015. See the
press release and the
Founding Director, Center for
Awarded grant to create a Center of Excellence in College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences at Villanova University.
This three year, $50,000 grant supported creating
professional development opportunities, promoting statistics
education research, and examining interdisciplinary opportunities in
teaching statistics across the college. 2013-2016.
The Center has been offered continuing support through the
Dean’s office and through self-sustaining endeavors since then.
5. Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning
Faculty Associate grant. This
grant buys a tenured faculty member out of one course in exchange
for teaching-related service or research.
$5,125. My project
will support classroom-based research and promote the scholarship of
teaching and learning among the faculty.
Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning
Minigrant entitled “DEVeloping an Inverted Classroom Experience in
PI: Michael A. Posner.
6. Sub-award from National Science
Foundation-funded Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia
for $40,000 over two years to study formative assessment in the
statistics classroom. My
role is Principal (sole) Investigator, 2006-2008.
7. “Examining the Link Between Being a Survivor
of Childhood Cancer and Risky Behaviors in Adolescence” through the
Center for Nursing Research at the Villanova University College of
Nursing. PI: Mary Ann
My role is statistician.
8. Examining the Visual Impairment of Women
through the Center for Nursing Research at Villanova University
College of Nursing. PI:
$1500. My role is
STATISTICS EDUCATION RESEARCH (including Data Science)
Impact of a Proficiency-based Assessment and Reassessment of Learning
Objectives System on Student Achievement and Attitudes. Posner,
M.A. Statistics Education Research Journal, 2011; 10(1); 3-14.
on Flipping the Statistics Classroom: Pedagogy to Enhance Student-Centered
Learning. Shonda R. Kuiper,
Robert H. Carver, Michael A. Posner, Michelle Everson.
Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies
(PRIMUS), 2015; 25(8), 655-682. doi: 10.1080/10511970.2015.1045573
Using Fun in the Statistics Classroom: An Exploratory
Study of College Instructors’ Hesitations and Motivations.
Lawrence M. Lesser, Amitra A. Wall, Robert H. Carver, Dennis K.
Pearl, Nadia Martin, Shonda Kuiper, Michael A. Posner, Patricia Erickson,
Shu-Min Liao, Jim Albert, John J. Weber III.
Journal of Statistics Education, 2013; 21(1); 1-33.
Preparing All Students for the Data‑driven World.
Christo Dichev, Darina Dicheva, Lillian Cassel, Don Goelman, Michael
A. Posner. Accepted for
publication in Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions, 2016.
- Instructor Characteristics Associated with Improved Student Attitudes
Toward Statistics. Revise and Resubmit, Statistics Education Research
Managing the grading paradox: Leveraging the
Power of Choice in the Classroom.
S.R., Smith, W.K., and Posner, M.A. Academy of Management
Learning and Education, 2011; 10(2);261-276. Also in Best Paper Proceedings of the
Academy of Management Conference.
Pedagogical Techniques In Introductory Statistics: Proficiency Grading And
Assignment Resubmission. Proceedings from the
International Association of Statistics Education Conference on Assessment,
- Formative Assessment at Villanova University: A Pilot Study. Grant
from Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia.
- Assisted in publication of
Shaping the College Experience Outside the Classroom (The University
of Rochester Press) by James Scannell and Kathleen Simpson (1995).
PROPENSITY SCORES - ANALYSIS OF OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES
Comparing Standard Regression, Propensity Score Matching, and Instrumental
Variables Methods for Determining the Effectiveness of Mammography in Older
Women. Michael A. Posner,
Michael Shwartz, Karen Freund, Mark Moskowitz. Health Services and Outcomes
Research Methodology, 2001; 2:279-290.
- Weighting within Strata: A New Method of Sample Selection using
Propensity Scores. Michael A. Posner. Revise and Resubmit,
Health Services Outcomes Research Methodology.
Post-Hospital Medical Respite Care and Hospital Readmission of Homeless
Persons. Stefan Kertesz,
Michael A. Posner, Stacy Swain, Arlene Ash, Michael Shwartz. Journal of
Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 2009; 37:1-14.
Improving Follow-Up to Abnormal Breast Cancer Screening in an Urban
Population: A Patient Navigation Intervention. Tracy Battaglia,
Michael A. Posner, Kathryn Roloff, Karen M. Freund. Cancer, 2006;
109(2 Suppl): 359-67.
PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
Smoking, Alcohol Consumption and Binge Drinking Among
Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors Surveyed in the National Longitudinal
Study of Adolescent Health.
Mary Ann Cantrell, Michael A. Posner.
Accepted for publication at
Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 2016.
Distress Between Young Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Cancer and
Matched Female Cohorts Surveyed in the Adolescent Health Study.
Mary Ann Cantrell, Michael A. Posner.
Cancer Nursing, 2014; 37:4; 271-277.
The Effectiveness of a Brief Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment on
Urban Adolescents. Michael J. Mason, Michael A. Posner. Journal of
Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 2009; 18:2;193-206.
Evaluation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's
Recommendations Regarding Routine Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
on an Inpatient Service. Who Are We Missing? . Greenwald, JL,
Rich, CA, Bassega, S, Posner, MA, Maeda, JL, Skolnik, P. Mayo Clinic
Proceedings, 2006: 81(4): 452-8
Do Variations in Disease Prevalence Limit the Usefulness of Population-Based
Hospitalization Rates for Studying Variations in Hospital Amissions?
Michael Shwartz, Erol Pekoz,
Michael A. Posner, Joseph Restuccia, Lisa Iezzoni. Medical Care, 2005; 43:
Smear Rates among Haitian Immigrant Women in Eastern Massachusetts.
Eric Green, Michael A. Posner, Karen M. Freund, Michele David. Public
Health Reports, 2005; 120: 133-139.
Mammography Use. Michele David, Lindo Ko, Michael A. Posner,
Eric Green, Karen M. Freund. Journal of the National Medical Association,
Using Claims Data to Examine Mortality Trends Following Hospitalization for
Heart Attack in Medicare.
Arlene S. Ash,
Michael A. Posner, Lindsey Bramwell, Jeanne Speckman, Shakira Franco, Andrew
Yacht. Health Services Research
Comparing the Importance of Disease Rate Variation vs. Practice Style
Variation in Explaining Small Area Variations in Hospitalization Rates for
Two Respiratory Conditions. Erol Pekoz, Michael Shwartz, Lisa
Ash, Michael A. Posner, Joseph Restuccia. Statistics in Medicine, 2003;
Do "We Just Know"? Masked Assessors' Ability to Accurately Identify Children
with Prenatal Cocaine Exposure. Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Howard Cabral,
Michael A. Posner, Jennifer Epstein, Deborah Frank. Journal of
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 23(5):340-346, October 2002.
- Cervical Cancer Screening Rates in Haitian Communities in the Greater
Boston Area. Green EH, Ko LK, Posner M, Freund KM, Prudent N, David M..
Journal of General Internal Medicine 2002;16 (s1):159.
Children Who Witness Violence and Parent Report of Child Behavior.
Marilyn Augustyn, Deborah Frank, Michael A. Posner, Barry Zuckerman.
Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Archives of Pediatric and
Adolescent Medicine 156:800-803, August 2002.
Quantifying Practice Effects in Longitudinal Research with the WISC-R and
WAIS-R: A Study of Children and Adolescents with Hemophilia and Male
Siblings Without Hemophilia. Patricia A. Sirois, Michael A. Posner,
James A. Stehbens, Kate A. Loveland, Sharon Nichols, Sharyne M. Donfield,
Terese S. Bell, S. D. Hill, Nancy Amodei, and the Hemophilia Growth and
Development Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 27;2;121-131, March
Patterns in the Digital Domain: A Demographic Analysis of Media Use and
Access in the United States. Daniel E. Trucil, Leonard
Shyles, Emory Woodard IV, David J. Penyak, Heather Hundley, Michael A.
Posner. Canadian Social Science,
2014; 10(5); 1-14.
- Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning. Contributor.
- Module 8: Inference for One Proportion. Michael A. Posner.
Statistical Pathways (“Statway”), a yearlong college-level statistics course
targeted at developmental mathematics students. The Charles A. Dana Center
and the University of Texas at Austin. Funded by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching. Released June 2011 (Carnegie Foundation)
and September 2011 (Dana Center).
EXPOSITORY ARTICLES and OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Collaboration to Meet the Statistical Needs in the
Chemistry Curriculum. Marie
Davidian and Charles Kutal. Journal
of Chemistry Education, 2013. doi:
10.1021/ed400516y. Drafted the letter
as part of the ASA Statistics Education and Chemistry Work Group.
Response to ‘Statistics a la Mode’. K. Scott Alberts, Nancy Boynton, Brian Gill,
Patricia Humphrey, John McKenzie, Michael A. Posner, and Andrew Zieffler.
AmStat News, February 2012.
- Letter to the Editor. K. Scott Alberts, Nancy Boynton, Brian
Gill, Patricia Humphrey, John McKenzie, Michael A. Posner, and Andrew
Zieffler. Math Horizons, February 2012.
Risk Adjustment Models to Examine AMI Mortality Trend.
Arlene S. Ash, Michael A. Posner, Christine Chaisson, Jeanne
Speckman, Shakira Franco, Andrew C. Yacht, Deb Caldwell, Michael Hadad, Mark
A. Moskowitz. Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services.
December 2001. Revised in June
Final Report: More Disease: How Major
a Factor is Higher Utilization?
Michael Shwartz, Arlene Ash, Michael A. Posner, Erol Pekoz, Joseph
Restuccia. Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, Grant #R03 HS09832-01.
Assisted in publication of Shaping the College
Experience Outside the Classroom (The University of Rochester Press) by
James Scannell and Kathleen Simpson (1996).