Deborah J. Rumsey

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Deborah Jean Rumsey-Johnson (born 1961)[1] is an American statistician and statistics educator. She is an associated professor and program specialist in statistics at the Ohio State University.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Rumsey earned her Ph.D. at Ohio State in 1993. Her dissertation, Nonresponse in Social Network Analysis, was supervised by Elizabeth Stasny.[3] In 2002 she became founding director of the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education.[4] She directed the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center at Ohio State from 2000 to 2004,[5] and became a faculty member in the Ohio State Department of Statistics in 2004.[2][5]


Rumsey is the author of five books on statistics in the "For Dummies" book series.[2] She is also the author of highly-cited research publications on the statistics of people seeking employment,[6] and on education for statistical literacy.[7]


Rumsey was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2006.[8]


  1. ^ Birth year from WorldCat author listing, accessed 2018-11-25.
  2. ^ a b c "Deborah Rumsey: Associated Professor & Program Specialist", People, Ohio State University Department of Statistics, retrieved 2018-11-25
  3. ^ Deborah J. Rumsey at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Witmer, Jeff (Summer 2002), "Message from the Section Chair", Newsletter of the Section on Statistical Education of the American Statistical Association, vol. 8 no. 2
  5. ^ a b History, Ohio State University Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center, retrieved 2018-11-25
  6. ^ Wanberg, Connie R.; Watt, John D.; Rumsey, Deborah J. (1996), "Individuals without jobs: An empirical study of job-seeking behavior and reemployment.", Journal of Applied Psychology, 81 (1): 76–87, doi:10.1037/0021-9010.81.1.76
  7. ^ Rumsey, Deborah J. (January 2002), "Statistical Literacy as a Goal for Introductory Statistics Courses", Journal of Statistics Education, 10 (3), doi:10.1080/10691898.2002.11910678
  8. ^ ASA Fellows list, American Statistical Association, retrieved 2018-11-19