Ann E. Watkins, Ph.D.

Profile Summary

Ann WatkinsAnn Watkins is Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Northridge and specializes in statistics education. Beginning as co-chair of the joint committee of the American Statistical Association and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Professor Watkins has worked for many years with high school teachers and statisticians to develop materials for teaching statistics and probability in secondary schools and the introductory courses in colleges and to design opportunities for professional development for teachers. In 1999, Professor Watkins was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association "for innovative contributions to curriculum and pedagogy; for masterful teaching, and teaching of teachers; and for an extraordinary record of sustained and successful efforts to institutionalize reform in statistics education."

Professional Memberships

President (2001-2003) and Second Vice-President (1987-1988), Mathematical Association of America; Associate Editor (1996-2000), American Mathematical Monthly; Co-Editor (1989-1994) and Board of Editors (1984-1989), The College Mathematics Journal; Chair (1997-1999), Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee and Exam Leader (1998-2010) at AP Statistics readings; Board of Editors (1992-1996), Journal of Statistics Education


Fellow, American Statistical Association; 1994-1995 CSUN Outstanding Professor Award; 1997 CSUN Award for the Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness; 2004 CSUN Extraordinary Service Award

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Publications, Books

Exploring Data (with James M. Landwehr). Pearson, 1986 (2nd ed 1995). Reviewed in Journal of the American Statistical Association (1989) 614-615, Technometrics (1987) 380-381, The American Mathematical Monthly (1988) 681-682, The AMATYC Review (Spring, 1990) 68-70, The Mathematics Teacher (1988) 691. Exploring Surveys and Information from Samples (with James M. Landwehr and Jim Swift). Pearson, 1987. Reviewed in Journal of the American Statistical Association (1989) 614-615, Technometrics (1989) 500-501, The AMATYC Review (Spring, 1990) 68-70, The Mathematics Teacher (1988) 756, The American Mathematical Monthly (1988) 681-682. Statistical Abstract of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science: The 1990-1991 CBMS Survey (with Donald J. Albers, Don Loftsgaarden, and Don Rung). Washington, DC: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, 1992. Activity-Based Statistics (with Richard L. Scheaffer, Mrudulla Gnanadesikan, and Jeffrey Witmer). New York: Springer-Verlag, 1997, 2nd edition 2004. Reviewed in CHANCE News 5.10 (15 August 1996 to 7 September 1996), the Statistics Teacher Network Newsletter, Winter 1997, pages 1-2; American Mathematical Monthly, November 1996, page 827. Core-Plus Mathematics, (with Christian Hirsch, James Fey, Eric Hart, and Harold Schoen), McGraw Hill-Glencoe. The second edition was published in 2006-2008, Common Core Edition, 2015. A four-year high school curriculum with extensive materials for the teacher. In October 1999, Core-Plus was one of only five high school mathematics programs that were designated “Exemplary” by the expert panel appointed by the U.S. Department of Education. The criteria were quality of program, usefulness to others, educational significance, and evidence of effectiveness and success. Also received the highest rating given by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS Ratings) and was the highest-rated three-year program for both the Common Core State Standards content and mathematical practices by the Indiana State Department of Education. Statistical Abstract of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences in the United States, Fall 1995 CBMS Survey (with Don O. Loftsgaarden and Donald C. Rung). Washington DC: Mathematical Association of America, 1997. Teacher's Guide—AP Statistics (primary author). College Board, 1997. Statistics in Action (with George Cobb and Richard L. Scheaffer). Key Curriculum Press and Key College Press, 2003, Second edition 2007. The high school edition is one of six textbooks approved by the College Board for the AP Statistics course. Reviewed in The American Statistician, 58 (2004) pp. 259-260: “They have produced a textbook that ranks among the best introductory statistics textbooks I have seen.” Comes with extensive materials for the teacher. Statistics: From Data to Decision (with Richard L. Scheaffer, and George W. Cobb), Wiley, 2011. A textbook for introductory college statistics. Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics (with others), McGraw-Hill Education, in press. A course for high school seniors to prepare them for college placement exams and non-STEM coursework in mathematics.