Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Self and Other Course Pairing

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Your, My, and Society’s Stories: Under the Microscope of Statistics and Film (ST110)

The discipline of statistics will be introduced while frequently using examples and data that relate to the human experience. Using statistics analysis, we will develop a deeper understanding of how we are products of our society.  And, by absorbing the stories of peoples’ lives through the medium of film, we will gain a perspective on our life choices and life paths.

Faculty Biography

With a PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola Maryland, Dr. Auer brings a numbers side of things and a people side of things to his 34 year career as a stat professor at Loyola University Maryland.  With a passion for film, dance, music, traveling, and baseball, more will brought to bear than just mathematics and statistics.

You, Me and Society: What’s your story? (SC101D)

We like to think of ourselves as unique beings, but are we? To what extent are we products of our society, shaped by our social class, race/ethnicity, gender?  Stories about who we are lead to the creation of data which needs to be analyzed in order to be understood. So social research is about telling and interpreting stories. The pairing of this course with Introduction to Statistics (ST110) provides students with the tools to understand patterns in people’s stories that illustrate the relationship between individuals and society.

Faculty Biography

Assistant Professor Amanda Konradi (Dr. K) came to Loyola in 2004, after earning a PhD from the University of California - Santa Cruz and teaching and gaining tenure at Ohio University. Dr. Konradi loves to teach, and helping others develop their skills has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She particularly enjoys teaching SC101D, because she thinks learning how we are situated in the world can help us develop our selves more completely and find successful strategies to negotiate work, education, and even recreation. Dr. Konradi also teaches research design, qualitative methods, gender studies, criminal justice, and deviance and social control. She has studied the involvement of rape survivors in the criminal prosecution of their assailants and has written about their reporting decisions, self-preparation for court events, emotion work, engagement with sentencing, involvement in plea bargains and testimony. She has also helped train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and explored how their services can be incorporated into a campus health system.  Her current criminal justice research concerns how college and universities handle sexual assault. Dr. Konradi is beginning work in the area of rare disease advocacy organizations.

Mentor Biography

Abbie graduated from Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Sport Management.  She continued her education at Florida State University, earning a Master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Upon receiving her degree, Abbie served as an Assistant Academic Coordinator with North Carolina State University’s Athletic Support Program for Student Athletes.  Abbie joined Loyola University's Office of Academic Affairs for Varsity Athletics in August of 2010.