Photo of James Dowdy
James Dowdy (right) with ICPSR
Council Chair William Flanigan

James Dowdy

1993 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

James Dowdy, Professor of mathematics at West Virginia University, served the social sciences as an instructor in the ICPSR Summer Program. In 14 years of teaching the Summer Program, he taught the basics of matrix algebra and calculus to more than 1,700 students. His highly-rated course made it possible for half a generation of social scientists to progress to more advanced courses in statistics and methods. His course was an international symbol of the Summer Program because of his teaching effectiveness, command of the material, and great enthusiasm. He served as a model teacher and colleague for the other faculty of the Summer Program.