Marjorie Bond

Professor, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Rm 350 Center for Science & Business 309-457-2338

Biography

When deciding what to major in as a high school senior, Bond asked herself, “What subject do I enjoy the most?” The answer was math, so a math major was born.

The summer before her last year as an undergraduate, she took her first statistics course and realized that she loved statistics. For her, statistics had the best of mathematics all rolled up into one field — it can be theoretical, it can be applied, and it can involve a computer. A statistician was born.

Later, when she was looking for a teaching position, she received several job offers. To make the decision which job to take, she asked, “Which job would I regret not taking?” So a Monmouth College professor was born.

Bond has been involved with various student organizations such as Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity and alternative spring break. She is faculty adviser to Blue Key. She serves the College as the chief faculty marshal, and she has been the coordinator of Mentoring Month/Day.

Professionally, Bond regularly attends and presents at the Joint Statistical Meetings. She was the technical editor for Statistics Workbook for Dummies (first and second edition) and Probability for Dummies. She referees articles for the Journal of Statistics Education and the Statistics Education Research Journal.

Interests

Bond’s main research area is in statistics eduction, specifically using the Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS). Currently, there is a cluster group working on various projects concerning the SATS.

The goals of The SATS © Project is to understand:

  •  Students’ attitudes toward statistics.
  • How these attitudes impact statistical thinking in the classroom and in life.
  • What statistics instructors can do to improve students’ attitudes.

Education

BS — University of New Mexico, 1990

MA — University of New Mexico, 1992

PhD — Kansas State University, 1996

Courses Taught

MATH 106: Elementary Statistics

MATH 207: Statistics for the Sciences

MATH 339: Probability

MATH 345: Regression and Analysis of Variance

MATH 141: Elementary Functions

INTG 101: Introduction to Liberal Arts

INTG 413: Citizenship: Statistical Thinking

MATH 188: Elementary Probability