Dr. Wolff Receives Teaching Award for Excellence

By Caitlin Burns | April 18, 2019

Dr. Wolff with three members of his family and the award

By Lana Valente ’19

Dr. Ned Wolff, professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, received the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Philadelphia branch of the American Statistical Association (ASA) on March 29.

Dr. Wolff has worked at Arcadia University for 42 years. Four of his students wrote letters of support detailing Wolff’s dedication to the school to nominate him for the award, stating how his teaching strategies break out of the classroom setting and encourage each class to learn in different ways. The students went on to explain how his mentorship has fostered a love of statistics and, in turn, changed their futures.

“It’s a wonderful feeling after teaching for 42 years at Arcadia—it’s a nice end-of-career recognition,” said Dr. Wolff. “If I’ve helped students, it’s only paying it forward from the professors that helped me along the way.”

At Arcadia, Dr. Wolff received the Lloyd M. Abernethy Service Award in 2001 and Professor of the Year in 1988. He has been lead investigator for a series of National Science Foundation grants, including the Reform Math Students’ Transition from High School to College NSF Discovery Grant and Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (NSF). These grants are focused on creating new approaches of teaching mathematics and determining their impact.

Dr. Wolff’s research focuses on applying statistical methodology to diverse disciplines, including applied statistics and mathematics education. Dr. Wolff earned his doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Founded in 1839, the ASA works to “promote the practice and profession of statistics.” The Award for Teaching Excellence Wolff’s recognition reflects his skills in statistical science and innovative teaching strategies.