Biostatistics Distinguished Alumni Award.

Congratulations Dr. Michael Posner, PhD.

We are extremely pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2023 BUSPH Biostatistics Distinguished Alumni Award is Dr. Michael Posner, PhD.

Dr. Michael Posner is a Professor of Statistics and Data Science in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Villanova University. He is also Director of the Center for Statistics and Data Science Education at Villanova.  Dr. Posner was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2017. He graduated from our program with a PhD in 2006.  Dr. Posner’s many accomplishments exemplify the core purpose of our school to “Think. Teach. Do. For the health of all”.

Think: Dr. Posner has demonstrated a strong, longstanding commitment to advancing scholarship in the field of statistics. He has conducted impactful research that spans the fields of statistics, educational research, causal inference using propensity scores, biostatistics, public health, health care research, and statistics and the law.

Teach: Dr. Posner has demonstrated excellence as a teacher for a variety of statistics courses for both undergraduate and graduate students and has received several awards for his teaching. He received Villanova’s Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching in 2010. In 2012, he received both the American Statistical Association’s Waller Education Award and the Mathematical Associations of America Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. In 2023, Dr. Posner received the Excellence in College Teaching Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

Do:  Dr. Posner has had considerable impact in the area of statistics and data science education, with many abstracts, presentations, and publications in proceedings from statistics conferences. From 2012-2017, Dr. Posner served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Statistics Education, and since 2013, he has served as the Founding Director of the Center for Statistics and Data Science Education at Villanova. Dr. Posner chaired the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics and Data Science Education in 2020.

In summary, Dr. Michael Posner is an alumnus of our PhD program with outstanding accomplishments as an educator and scholar of biostatistics and data science.  In addition, he has provided notable service to the profession at multiple levels.

The awards ceremony for Dr. Posner will be held Thursday, October 26th at 11 a.m.

Past Winners

2022: Elena Losina

2021: Sandeep Menon