Faculty & Staff

Dr. Scott Alberts
Chair and Professor, Department of Statistics and Data Science

Spring 2024 (after Spring Break)

Monday: 5:00-6 PM (on Zoom and in-person)
MTW: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
MW: 2:30-3:30 PM
Th: 1:30-2:30 PM

and I'm also available by appointment.
Office hours can be on zoom with prior arrangements at: https://zoom.us/j/708734757 
E-mail me if Zoom isn't turned on at salberts@truman.edu

Personal Pronouns: he/his

Ph.D.. MS Northwestern University, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
B.A. Oberlin College, Mathematics
B.Mus. Oberlin College, Music Education

Scott Alberts is in his twenty-fourth year at Truman, teaching Statistics, Data Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. He currently serves as the department chair for Statistics and Data Science and is a Consulting Principal for the Center for Applied Statistics and Evaluation, and has previously served Truman as the interim Associate Provost, Director of Interdisciplinary StudiesPortfolio Project Director, and Faculty Senate President.

He believes that data should be used to make the world better. He researches quantitative methods for measuring behavior and decision-making, and the general process of data collection as a part of real-world projects. He frequently serves as a consultant and evaluator to the research of others across a wide range of disciplines, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. He is interested in what should be part of modern undergraduate majors in statistics and data science, and how we can help students from a variety of backgrounds prepare for the data-driven future. Key research projects investigated group decision-making in higher education; the effect of teaching writing on learning statistics, and  reducting mathematics anxiety, looking for ways to reduce anxiety in ways that also improve performance in mathematics and other areas.

Dr. Alberts received Truman’s Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence in 2010 and the MAA’s Dex Whittinghill Award for Statistics Education in 2011. He earned graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University in Illinois, and undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Mathematics from Oberlin College in Ohio. He is an active member of the Consortium for Advancing Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE), the honor society Phi Kappa Phi, and the American Statistical Association (ASA), where he advises Truman’s student chapter.

He is also active at Trinity Episcopal Church, where he serves as the choirmaster and music director.
He is also active with the Oberlin College Alumni Association, where he served as Alumni Association President from 2019-2021.When not working, he likes games and puzzles, intellectual banter, good music, and bad television.