Teaching quantitative methods courses is one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding, parts of my job. Over the course of my career, my teaching methods and focus have changed, reflecting an awareness of modern methodology and a commitment to training students on the most up-to-date methods possible. Being a faculty member in multiple quantitative programs has taught me that as quantitative scientists, we must maximize our efforts – most graduate students will not take many quantitative courses past their first year sequence. If we fail to train students in the most modern methods while we have them enrolled in our courses, they are at a disadvantage in publishing their research, pursuing external funding, or evaluating quantitative research from other scientists. Moreover, the various fields in the social and educational sciences have far too few methodologists. We must train the students of the future to understand the relationships between statistical methods so they are best equipped to use methods that fit their research questions best and can avoid using methods that have significant deficiencies. Research depends upon our success as teachers of quantitative methods, given that students from all programs learn research tools from us.
Please note, I’ve reorganized my site to have only the most recent course websites posted in the menu on the left. All other courses are now in an archived section where zipped folders are available for download.