Jason W Osborne joined Miami University in 2019 as a Professor of Statistics, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
From July 2022, his role became Special Assistant to President Greg Crawford. Jason W Osborne also remains Professor of Statistics, leveraging his expertise within Educational Psychology to promote widespread adoption of best practices in research and scholarship, teaching, and higher education administration, particularly in academic affairs.
As an educational psychologist, Jason W Osborne concentrates on factors linked to equitable achievement and student success. This includes the impact of environmental and socio-cultural impacts on achievement gaps and the relationship between persistence and success in education, using real world data as a valuable tool for quantitative analysis .
Specialties include data science, evaluation, clinical outcomes, best practices in quantitative data analysis, data informatics, applied statistics, statistical consulting and social justice.
A thought leader in higher education and a committed Miami faculty member, Jason W Osborne focuses on evidence based best practices for modern research methods, instructional technology in statistics and data sciences, and how best to use real world data using accessible language targeted in clear and concise terms.
In 2013, Jason W Osborne was awarded a PSTAT (Accredited Professional Statistician) by the American Statistical Association. The award recognized Dr. Osborne’s expertise as a globally-cited author in data analysis, educational psychology, statistics, best practices in quantitative methods, and applying a practitioner oriented look in evidence-based research methods using influential data points to predict important outcomes.
As Special Assistant to the President and a practicing professional statistician, Jason W Osborne’s time was spent working with our Advancement team, supporting the development of Certified Advancement Partner training for academic faculty members, staff and leaders, and supporting the work of the Miami University Institute for Responsible Gaming, Lottery, and Sport.
When Jason W Osborne served as Miami University Provost and Executive Vice President, he and his team implemented a transformative strategic plan to ensure that Miami University is well-positioned for new challenges in higher education.
Jason W Osborne improved wellness, success and access for the student body, enhanced faculty resources through investments in faculty support for teaching and research, over 40 new degree programs, and other faculty-initiated projects. These investments have doubled research and sponsored programs since 2019, increased donor excitement in supporting university initiatives, and led to record applications from all 50 states and many countries.
Professional challenges during this time included supporting the strategic transformation of the university while managing the unpredictable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a public university. Through deep engagement with shared governance, alumni, and corporate partners, we positioned the university to thrive by supporting boldly creative proposals. Provost Jason Osborne was privileged to lead a team of accomplished leaders and a dedicated faculty and staff to prepare Miami University for a challenging new era.
Professional activities and faculty positions
Positions prior to Jason W Osborne joining Miami University, including as a faculty member and in leadership roles in recent years:
2015-2019: Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Statistics at Clemson University. Using his background in educational psychology and world class research methods, Jason W Osborne championed inclusivity, grew graduate and professional higher education across the university, and expanded internal and extramural funding.
2013-2015: Department Chair and Professor at the University of Louisville, (KY). Jason Osborne served as Chair of Counseling and Human Development and Interim Chair of Health and Sport Sciences. Jason W Osborne was also a leader in development of service and engagement initiatives, including establishment of the Cardinal Success Program, which provided mental health and wellness services free of charge to the most underserved areas of the city. He also published extensively on modern research methods and applied evidence-based best practices in data analysis and quantitative methods.
2011-2013: Associate Professor, Old Dominion University where he served as departmental director of graduate programs. Joining in the fall semester Jason W Osborne taught statistics and research methods and applied these skills through mentoring of faculty and students in the Educational Foundations and Leadership programs.
2001- 2011: Assistant/Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator at North Carolina State University in Educational Psychology, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Counselor Education.
1998-2001: Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma across the particular domains of Statistics and Research Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology.
Recent Awards and Honors
2021, 2023: Named in the Top 2% of researchers in the world by Stanford University, highlighting his commitment to world-class research methods and data recording.
2018: University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award as Clemson University Professor of Educational Psychology Statistics.
2017: Best Paper from the American Counseling Association for his book “Best Practices in Data Cleaning: How Outliers and “Fringeliers” Affect Your Analysis”.
2016: Presidential Service Award by Clemson University Graduate School for recognition of contributions to students in higher education.
2015: Faculty Favorite, Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Louisville
2013: Accredited Professional Statistician (PSTAT) from the American Statistical Association.
2017: Regression and Linear Modeling: Best practices and modern methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing. ISBN #978-1-50630-276-8
2016: With Banjanovic, E. Exploratory factor analysis using SAS: Best practices and modern methods. Cary, NC: SAS Publishing. ISBN # 978-1-62960-064-2
2015: Best practices in logistic regression. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4522-4479-2.
2014: Best Practices in Exploratory Factor Analysis. Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1500594343, ISBN-10:1500594342.
2013: Sweating the Small Stuff: Does data cleaning and testing of assumptions really matter in the 21st century? Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Research Foundation. ISBN 978-2-88919-155-0.
2013a: Best practices in data cleaning: A complete guide to everything you need to do before and after collecting your data. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing. ISBN: 9781412988018. Translated into Arabic by International Publishers Association (IPA), Geneva Switzerland.
2008: Best practices in quantitative methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishing. Included in SAGE Research Methods Online). ISBN: 9781412940658
Select recent Publications – peer reviewed
Adelson, J., Osborne, J. W., & Crawford, B. J. (2019). Correlation and other measures of association. In G. Hancock, L. Stapleton, & R. Mueller (Eds.) The Reviewer’s Guide to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Routledge.
Gabel, C. P., Moktarinia, H., Hoffman, J., Osborne, J., Laakso, L., & Melloh, M. (2018). Does the performance of five back-associated exercises relate to the presence of low back pain? A cross-sectional observational investigation in regional Australian council workers. British Medical Journal Open, 8, 1-11. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020946
Osborne, Jason W. (2017). Best practices: A moral imperative. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 49(3), 153-158.
Balkin, R. S., Richey Gosnell, K. M., Holmgren, A., & Osborne, J. W. (2017). Nonlinear analysis in counseling research. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 50, 109-155. Recipient of Patricia B. Elmore Award for Outstanding Research in Measurement by the American Counseling Association.
*Pitts, C. H., Klein-Tasman, B. P., Osborne, J. W., Mervis, C.B. (2016). Predictors of Specific Phobia in Children with Williams Syndrome: Behavior Regulation and IQ. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(10), 1031-1042.
Clark, J. E., Osborne, J. W., Gallagher, P., & Watson, S., (2016). A simple method for optimizing transformation of non-parametric data: An illustration by reference to cortisol assays. Human Pharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 31(4), 259-267. DOI: 10.1002/hup.2528
Gabel, C. P., Cuesta-Vargas, A., Barr, S., Winkeljohn-Black, S. Osborne, J. W., & Melloh, M. (2016). Confirmatory factor analysis of the neck disability index, comparing patients with whiplash associated disorders to a control group with non-specific neck pain. European Spine Journal, 14(8), 1410-1416. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27040281
Banjanovic, E. A., & Osborne, J. W. (2016). Confidence intervals for effect sizes: Applying bootstrap resampling. Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, 21(5a), 1-20. http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=21&n=5
Jones, B. D., *Ruff, C., & Osborne, J. W. (2015). Fostering students’ identification with mathematics and science using principles from the MUSIC model of academic motivation. In K. A. Renninger, M. Nieswandt, & S. Hidi (Eds.), Interest in Mathematics and Science Learning. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.
Osborne, Jason W. (2015). What is rotating in exploratory factor analysis? Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, 20(2), 1-7
Professional challenges and ethos
As Miami University Provost during a time of unprecedented challenges, Jason W Osborne firmly led academic affairs and took on personal and professional challenges. His achievements across a number of high level positions in educational establishments in the US , along with seven books, Jason W Osborne wrote or contributed towards more than 100 peer reviewed articles over the last few years.
His publications and scholarship has been recognized as one of the top 2% of scholars working in his field globally, having been cited more than 36,000 times in scholarly works across many academic disciplines to date. By incorporating a fully realized practitioner oriented and user friendly approach to everything from shared governance to business analytics, Jason Osborne as Provost was able to lead Miami University through a tough couple of years and onto a very bright future.
On his website, Jason W Osborne wrote: ““To perform and to succeed in a world of uncertain challenges requires education leadership to explore different ways of thinking and solving problems. Thought leadership in higher education is important to share best practices and create data-driven rationale for decision making.”