Stetson University

John Rasp

Associate Professor of Statistics

John Rasp, Ph.D., is originally a midwestern boy, having been raised in the St. Louis area and attending college in Indiana. After experiencing far too many cold and snowy winters, he got smart and headed south. He attended graduate school at Florida State University, then taught for five years at the University of Alabama before coming to Stetson University. In addition to normal teaching duties, over the years he has served as advisor to several student organizations, including the Chess Club, the College Libertarians, the Honor System Council and the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He has a master's degree in theological studies, obtained after fourteen years of part-time study "just for fun." A popular yet academically demanding teacher, he has received the William Hugh McEniry Award for Teaching (the top faculty award on campus) and has three times been named Teacher of the Year in the School of Business Administration. His intellectual interests are wide-ranging and eclectic, and he has published research on statistical applications in a variety of disciplines, including accounting, marketing, labor law, literary analysis and baseball.

Education

  • Ph.D., statistics, Florida State University
  • M.S., statistics, Florida State University
  • M.A., theological studies, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • B.S., mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Course Topics

  • Business Statistics
  • Survey Research Methods
  • Forecasting
  • Experimental Design and Advanced Data Analysis

Research Interests

  • Statistical modeling in sports
  • Statistical applications in business and economics
  • Statistics pedagogy

Publications

  • "Explaining Success in Baseball: The Local Correlation Approach." Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. With Jeff Hamrick.
  • "Did C.S. Lewis Write The Dark Tower?: An Examination of the Small-Sample Properties of the Thisted-Efron Test." Austrian Journal of Statistics. With Jeffrey R. Thompson.
  • "Tradeoffs in the Choice Between Logit and OLS for Accounting Choice Studies." The Accounting Review. With Mary S. Stone.
  • "Peanut Foliar Disease Assessment." Oleagineaux. With F. M. Shokes, R. D. Berger, and D. H. Smith.

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