College of Management and Technology
Dr. Spencer been at Walden University since the Fall of 1997, and in the past, has worked mostly with students who were in the Operations Research and Engineering Management options. Now his focus is working with students on their statistical analysis.
He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology, where his research was in Stochastic Processes. However he has been a practicing Statistician since 1969. After graduating, he taught for 12 years at the university level (yes he had tenure), and then spent the next 25+ years at AT&T, retiring in the Fall of 2001 from AT&T Labs. While at the Labs he had many assignments, the two most notable were Head of the Statistical Consulting Group, and Head of the Operations Research Group. He also headed the Applied Quality Lab for a time. While at AT&T he had an opportunity to get involved in a wide number of projects involving statistics and it's applications. During his years at AT&T he was very active in The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Most recently he was a Research Professor in Applied Statistics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in the Mathematical Sciences Department from 2001 to 2005. He retired again, and currently in addition to his Walden University activities he is an external member of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics (CAMS) at NJIT.
I have also taught statistics during the last 30+ years at various colleges and universities, and enjoy teaching very much. I have been teaching on-line for some time, and I'm always excited about it. I have taught AMDS 8437 many times, and I believe they went very well, and I was the lead faculty for AMDS 8437.
I have taught RSCH-8200 (now RSCH-8201) for Management students many times. In addition I have taught RSCH-8250 (now RSCH-8260) many times as well. Previously I had been the lead for both of these courses.
Statistical work of itself (e.g. statistical research) is hard to translate to social change, however much of the statistical analysis I have helped students with on their dissertations has had the potential to impact social change positively.