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Dr. Gary C. Ramseyer

Emeritus Professor

Dr. Gary C. Ramseyer was an Emeritus Professor of Psychology with a specialty of statistics and measurement at Illinois State University.

Dr. Ramseyer began teaching at Ilinois State in 1965 and retired in 1998. Prior to joining ISU, he taught at the University of Iowa in the College of Education and at University High School in Iowa City, Iowa.

For Your Information

Dr. Ramseyer passed away suddenly in the spring of 2012. In his honor, his websites are being managed by his daughter Vicki S. (Ramseyer) Morrow.


Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Ramseyer acknowledged that he taught a subject that most students hated. From this vantage point, Dr. Ramseyer created an approach to teaching statistics that included a love of the subject, an ability to explain even the toughest concepts in simple terms and the incorporation of humor. He is probably most remembered by the many non-statistics graduate students who survived the dreaded statistics required courses with his help. Others will remember his animated classroom performances as “Dr. Sigma.” In his own words, Dr. Ramseyer dedicated his statistics web pages “to helping instructors and students experience the lighter side of statistics.”

For Dr. Ramseyer’s philosphy of statistics, in his own words, please see Statistics Philosophy.

B.A. in Mathematics, University of Iowa
M.S. in Mathematics, University of Iowa
Ph.D in Educational and Psychological Statistics, University of Iowa
Courses Taught
Statistics 1: Psych 240 Syllabus
Statistics 11: Psych 241 Syllabus
Experimental Design: Psych 441 Syllabu
Multivariate Analysis: Psych 444 Syllabus
Research Interests
Teaching of statistics
Unique applications of analysis of variance
Monte Carlo studies of the assumptions of statistical tests
Mathematical and statistical aspects of ESP studies
Use of separate answer sheets by primary-aged children
Hobbies And Other Interests
Collecting baseball cards
Collecting University of Iowa Homecoming Badges
Using Apple products – laptops, iPads, iPhones, etc.
Umpiring baseball of Illinois High School Association
Fishing in the U.S. and Canada
Searching for humor in statistics
Listening to music via iTunes
Practicing intermediate tricks on professional yo-yos.
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