Professor Michael Evans appointed Department Chair

June 22, 2022 by U of T Department of Statistical Sciences

We are pleased to announce that Professor Michael Evans has been appointed as the Acting Chair and Acting Graduate Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences effective July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023.

Professor Michael Evans received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Toronto in 1977. After graduation, he joined the University as an Assistant Professor. He was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 1982. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Professor.

He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, was an Associate Editor of JASA Theory and Methods (1991-2005), an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Statistics (1999-2006 and 2017-present), was an Associate Editor of the journal Bayesian Analysis (2005-2015) and an Editor of the same journal (2015-2021). He is a subject matter Editor for the online journal FACETS and is an Associate Editor of the New England Journal of Statistics in Data Science. He served as President of the Statistical Society of Canada 2013-2014.

Professor Michael Evans' research has been concerned with multivariate statistical methodology, computational statistics, and the foundations of statistics. A current focus of research is the development of a theory of inference based upon an explicit definition of how to measure statistical evidence and the development of tools to deal with criticisms of statistical methodology associated with its inherent subjectivity. He has authored, or co-authored, numerous research papers as well as the books Approximating Integrals via Monte Carlo and Deterministic Methods (with T. Swartz) published by Oxford in 2000, Probability and Statistics: The Science of Uncertainty (with J. Rosenthal) published by W.H. Freeman in 2004 and 2010 and Measuring Statistical Evidence Using Relative Belief published by CRC Press/Chapman and Hall in 2015.

Professor Evans has previously served as Chair of the Department of Statistics (1992-97) and as Associate Chair, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, UTSC (2005-10, 2012-13, 2018-22).

Please join us in welcoming Professor Evans to his new role.