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Laura Taylor

Associate Professor of Statistics
Duke 307D
2320 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
ltaylor18@elon.edu (336) 278-6493

Brief Biography

Dr. Laura Taylor has been at Elon University since Fall 2008.  She is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and serves the department as the Statistics Program Coordinator.  Dr. Taylor primarily teachers courses in the Statistics major.  Her research interests include statistics education and recurrent competing risks.


B.S. Mathematics, 2003, Winthrop University
Master of Mathematics, 2004, Winthrop University
Ph.D. Statistics, 2008, University of South Carolina

Courses Taught

MTH 112: General Statistics
MTH/STS 212: Statistics in Applications
STS 213: Survey Sampling Methods
STS 232: Statistical Modeling
STS 325: Design and Analysis of Experiments
STS 327: Statistical Computing

Leadership Positions

Statistics Program Coordinator



Doehler, Kirsten; Taylor, Laura; and Jessalyn Smith. (2013), “A Study of Faculty Views of Statistics and Student Preparation Beyond and Introductory Class.” Journal of Statistics Education, 21(1).

Taylor, Laura L. and Edsel A. Peña. (2013) “Parametric Estimation in a Recurrent Competing Risks Model.”  Journal of the Iranian Statistical Society, 12(1). 

Taylor, Laura.   “Competing Risks in Basketball… Competing Risks in Basketball… Competing Risks in Basketball…”  CHANCE.  May 2012.

Peña, Edsel A. and Laura L. Taylor.  “Non- and Semi-Parametric Models and Inference for Reliability Systems.” Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Assessment. September 2008.  Edward L. Melnick and Brian S. Everitt (editors-in-chief), Wiley.



North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Greensboro, NC. 2011.
                “Question 1 – Solutions”  Presention on the solutions, grading rubric and common mistakes from the
                2011 AP Statistics Exam.
United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, Cary, NC. 2011.
                “Faculty Perceptions Toward Statistics” (peer-reviewed, poster)
North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Greensboro, NC. 2010.
                “Question 6 – Investigative Task.”  Presentation on the solutions, grading rubric, and common
               mistakes from the 2010 AP Statistics Exam.
Upward Bound Program, James Sprunt Community College, Kenansville, NC. 2010.
                “Being a Statistician.”  Presentation to academically at-risk students on careers in statistics.