John Peter Holcomb, Ph.D.
 Title: VP, Acad Progrgms & Professor
 Dept: Mathematics and Statistics
 Office: BH 107
 Phone: 216-687-5548
 Fax: 216-875-9383
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. BH 107, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Statistics, Measurement error, design of experiments, statistical education, hunger, nutrition, regression, anova, statistical consulting
Ph.D., Statistics, The University at Albany (SUNY), 1995
M.A., Mathematics, The University at Albany (SUNY), 1991
B.S., Mathematics, St. Bonaventure University, 1989
Brief Bio:
I was born in Rochester, NY.  At age 5, my family moved to a small town about an hour and a half southwest to a town with more cows than people.  I attended St. Bonaventure University and majored in mathematics.  I went on to graduate school at The University at Albany to pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics.  My first semester I was assigned to be a TA for introductory statistics, and I taught my first class in statistics the next semester.  I started to take graduate statistics courses so I could at least know a little more than my students.  I fell in love with the subject when I realized statistics involved working with real data to solve real problems.  I earned my Ph.D. in statistics in 1995.  

After teaching 5 years at Youngstown State University, I moved to Cleveland State University in the summer of 2000.  I am passionate about giving students a quality statistics experience in my courses.  Statistics affects us all in new and exciting ways, and I try to communicate that important roll to students at all levels. I have worked in administration since 2010 as Department Chair, Associate Dean, Vice Provost, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, and now Vice Provost.  

Since 2010, I have worked in administration with a focus and commitment to student success.  In 2013, the department launched Operation STEM with nearly $1M in funding from the National Science Foundation.  We use a summer bridge academy, mandatory supplemental instruction, and student led teaching to help students succeed in precalculus and calculus courses for their STEM degree.  As Vice Provost, I work closely with campus advising and support services to help students have a successful first-year and graduate.  I also work with our partner CSU Global to welcome and support over 1600 international students at CSU.
Honors and Awards:
Project NExT Fellowship, Exxon Foundation and MAA, Summer 1995
Master Teacher, YSU College of Arts and Sciences, 1997-2000
Distinguished Professor, Teaching, Youngstown State University, Spring 1998
Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,
Waller Award for Teaching Excellence of Introductory Statistics, American Statistical Association, Summer 2003.
Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Cleveland State University, Fall 2005.  
Chapter Service Recognition Award, American Statistical Association, August, 2006.
Creative and Activities:
I spend a great deal of energy on curriculum design for teaching statistics. I have adapted many of the real data sets I have used in my research for use in teaching situations. I have published several papers on the use of real data in teaching statistics. I also give workshops across the country on teaching statistics at the undergraduate level.
Research Interests:
My research interest began in necessary and sufficient conditions for measurement error to have a normal distribution.  I also proposed a new estimator for calculated variables in the presence of measurement error.  My recent focus involves collaborating with researchers on the viability of new stroke therapies among chronic patients and examining factors related to hunger in families.  In the past I have collaborated on projects involving modeling banking expansion, evaluating taste test data on a new low fat meat, and screening elderly subjects for osteoporosis.
Teaching Areas:
I teach all aspects of the undergraduate and graduate statistics courses.
Professional Affiliations:
Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society
Mathematics Association of America
American Statistical Association
Project Kaleidoscope - Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology Faculty for
the 21st Century
Professional Experience:
Youngstown State University, assistant/associate professor 1995-2000
Cleveland State University, assistant/associate professor 2000-present
Cleveland State University, Chair, Department of Mathematics 2010-2017
Cleveland State University, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Operations, College of Sciences and Health Professions 2017-2019
Cleveland State University, Dean, College of Graduate Studies, 2020-2022
Cleveland State University, Vice Provost of Academic Programs, 2019-present
University Service:
Presenter, Sonia Kovalevsky Day, September 2000
Computer Planning Committee, 2000-2010
Mathematics Dept. Undergraduate Program Committee, 2001-2006, 2007-2009
University Assessment Council, 2002-2005
Ad-hoc Arts and Sciences College Reorganization Committee, 2002
Department Assessment Committee, 2002-2003
College of Science Transition Committee, 2003
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, 2003-2004
Department Appointments Committee, 2004-2006, 2007-present, (Chair)
College of Science Budget and Planning Committee, 2004-2006, 2008-2010 (Chair)
University President¿s Budget Advisory Committee, 2004-2006
Committee Awarding Provost¿s Research for Undergraduates, Grants 2008
Graduate Council, 2008-2010
College of Science Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2009
Faculty Senate, 2010-2011
Search Committee, Vice Provost for Planning, 2011
Search Committee, Assistant Vice President of Development, 2011-2012
Co-Covener, Provost-Chair Council, 2011-2012
Search Committee, University Provost, 2012
Professional Service:
Reviewer, National Science Foundation,
Conference Organizer, Statistics Educators Conference for greater Northeast Ohio,
Spring 1997
National Page Webmaster, Pi Mu Epsilon Council, 1998-2000
Associate Editor, Journal of Statistics Education, 1998-2004
Referee, The American Statistician, 1999, 2003, 2006-2008
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society ¿ Series B, 2002
Journal of Statistics Education, 2005-2010
Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
College Mathematics Journal, 2008 and 2009
Bone, 2009
Learning and Individual Differences, 2011
Session Organizer, Projects in Statistics Education, Joint Statistical Meetings,
Summer 1999
Session Organizer, Distance Learning, Joint Statistical Meetings, Summer 2000
Roundtable Lunch Discussion Organizer, Joint Statistical Meetings, Summer 2001
Ohio NExT Organizer, Recruitment coordinator for OH MAA Section, Summer 2001-
Committee Member, Joint MAA-ASA Committee, 2001-2007
Advisory Board Member, ASA representative to the MAA advisory board for the Committee on Mathematics Competitions, 2001 ¿ 2007
Program Chair, Section on Statistics Education, for ASA Joint Statistical Meetings,
Summer 2002
AP Statistics Reader, Educational Testing Services, Summer 2002-2003, 2005-2010
Member of Research Advisory Board for Consortium for the Advancement of
Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE), 2002-2011
Member, Undergraduate Data Analysis Poster Competition Advisory Board, 2005-present  
Judge, ASA Statistics K-12 Poster Competition, Cleveland, OH, Spring 2003 - present
Science Fair Mentor, Statistical advisor for High school students, Mentor, OH, 2003-present
Judge, International Science and Engineering Fair, Cleveland, OH, Summer 2003
Treasurer, Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Association, 2002-2004, 2011, 2013-2014
President, Cleveland Chapter of the American Statistical Association, 2005-2010
Community Service:
Statistical Consulting for the organizations:

Berea School District, Berea, OH; Evaluator, 2000-2001
Statistical Analysis for phoneme project to evaluate how children acquire
        sound recognition.  
Statistical Consulting for Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs
        Medical Center Stroke Research Unit,  Collaboration with Dr. Janis Daly on
        statistical methodology and analysis of stroke research.  
Cleveland Community Solutions, Cleveland, OH 2006
        Evaluator of viability of new statistical methodology used to assess impact  
        of community factors on 9th grade proficiency test pass rates.
Research Grants:
Principal Investigator NSF-DUE-STEP Program Mathematics Achievement as a Step for STEM Success (Renamed Operation STEM) Duffy, S., Jackson, D., and Resnick, A. 2012-2016 $925,000

Statistical Consultant Veteran¿s Administration Rehabilitation, Research, and Development Service CNS plasticity induced by motor learning technologies Daly, J.,Cleveland VA Hospital 2005-2011 $3,174,000

Statistical Consultant Ohio University Food Security among WIC and Farmer¿s Market Users in Appalachian Women Holben, D., Ohio University 2006 $5,622

External Evaluator National Science Foundation DUE -CCLI Concepts of Statistical Inference:  A Randomization-Based Curriculum Rossman, A., and Chance, B., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 2007-2008 $149,842

External Evaluator National Science Foundation DUE -CCLI A STEP to grow in science-engineering-mathematics undergraduate degrees Ramachandran,
Grinshpan, Bénéteau, Campbell, Fox, and Lewis, University of South Florida 2008-2013 $1,573,237

Consultant National Science Foundation DUE-CCLI Change Agents for Teaching and Learning Statistics (CATALST) Garfield, delMas, Zieffler, UMN 2008-2011 $318,290