Dean, College of Science
Brian Jersky is Dean of the College of Science. Jersky was born and raised in South Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies and an honors year at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He received a fellowship to Cornell University, where he obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees in statistics.
After completing his doctoral work in 1992, he taught at Sonoma State University and held several positions at the university, including chair of the mathematics department, secretary of the faculty senate, chair of the university RTP committee, and director of academic planning and resources in the School of Science and Technology. Jersky also held a joint appointment as an adjunct full professor at UC San Francisco, where he taught biostatistics to pharmacy doctoral students and incoming clinical faculty.
Jersky has published in the field of statistics education and as a collaborator with medical researchers. He was editor of the newsletter of the Statistics Education Section of the American Statistical Association, and was elected to the Section’s Executive Committee. His interest in diagnostic testing for mathematics resulted in an invitation to join the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project, a joint UC and CSU project, in which he is the group’s statistician.