Texas A&M statistician Dr. Derya Akleman and her husband, Dr. Ergun Akleman, a professor of visualization sciences at Texas A&M University. (Credit: Ergun Akleman.)


Dr. Derya G. Akleman, instructional associate professor of statistics at Texas A&M University, has been named assistant dean for diversity and college climate in the Texas A&M College of Science, announced Interim Dean Dr. Valen E. Johnson.

Akleman joined the Texas A&M Department of Statistics as a visiting assistant professor in 1998 after receiving both her master's of science in statistics and doctorate in agricultural economics with emphases in econometrics and statistics from Texas A&M in 1993 and 1996, respectively. In 2017 she was honored with Texas A&M Statistics's annual 12th Man Award recognizing long-term contributions to the department.

As assistant dean for diversity and college climate, Akleman will oversee all related activities within the college, coordinating as appropriate across the university and affiliated units. She assumes the position previously held since fall 2017 by Texas A&M Regents Professor of Chemistry and Cyclotron Institute Director Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, who also served as the college's inaugural associate dean for diversity from 2004 to 2014.

During the past two decades at Texas A&M, Akleman has devoted much of her time outside of graduate instruction and research toward diversity initiatives at local and central levels. She is a reviewer for university graduate diversity fellowship competitions and, as chair of the Texas A&M Statistics Diversity Committee, has received internal competitive funding to benefit her department, college and university. In spring 2017, Akleman co-organized the Texas A&M-hosted sympoisum, "Insights and Strategies for Professional Success, Personal Well-Being, and Getting Along with Others" geared toward faculty, staff, postdoctoral and graduate students across the campus. Next month, she will be presented with the College of Science's 2018 Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Award recognizing faculty and staff members and postdoctoral research associates/students who display commitment to enhancing the college's environment of mutual respect and diversity.

"Derya has done an outstanding job leading diversity activities in the Department of Statistics, and I am sure she will continue her leadership in this area as Assistant Dean for Diversity and College Climate," Johnson said.

In the classroom, Akleman specializes in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in statistics research. In particular, she has taken a leadership role in developing distance education teaching, assessment and examination methods for three of Texas A&M Statistics' largest graduate service courses, "Statistics in Research I, II and III." Earlier this fall, she also was appointed as associate director for undergraduate programs in Texas A&M Statistics.

Akleman's research focuses on causal relations in economics and sciences. She has chaired 26 statistics master's committees and co-chaired an additional four while also serving on more than 80 master's and 5 doctoral committees. A respected leader, Akleman has served four terms as an elected member of the Texas A&M Faculty Senate and as the elected leader of College of Science caucus multiple times. She is also a reviewer for the journal "Communications in Statistics: Case Studies, Data Analysis and Applications."

To learn more about Akleman and her teaching, research and service, visit https://www.stat.tamu.edu/~derya/.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Derya G. Akleman, (979) 845-3144 or derya@stat.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Dr. Derya G. Akleman

  • Akleman was honored with Texas A&M Statistics' 2017 12th Man Award and personalized jersey recognizing long-term contributions to the department. (Credit: Elaine James, Texas A&M Statistics.)

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