Scott L. Zeger
Vice Provost for Research
A Johns Hopkins faculty member since 1982, Scott L. Zeger has served as vice provost for research since March 1, 2008. He is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As vice provost for research, Dr. Zeger's focus has been on the health of the university’s research enterprise, including institutional research compliance and cross-divisional research initiatives. He chairs the Research Oversight Committee (ROC), comprising the divisional research deans, research administration directors and key university personnel, to strategically plan Johns Hopkins' research infrastructure. Dr. Zeger chairs the Institutional Compliance Oversight Committee (ICOC), which reports at each Board of Trustees meeting and ensures that the university complies with government rules and regulations.
Dr. Zeger is responsible for the university research programs administration that oversees policies, procedures and information systems for research grants. He also represents the provost in matters related to the Montgomery County Campus, which offers part-time programs from four Johns Hopkins schools, and to Jhpiego, a Hopkins-affiliated international non-profit health organization committed to improving the delivery of health care services for women and their families around the world.
Dr. Zeger received his BA in biology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and his PhD in statistics from Princeton University in 1982, after which he was appointed assistant professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was promoted to professor and named senior associate dean for academic affairs in 1991. Dr. Zeger was appointed chair of the Department of Biostatistics in 1996. In 2005, he was named the Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor and Chair of Biostatistics. He chaired the department until 2008 when he was appointed vice provost for research.
Dr. Zeger was named acting provost on March 13, 2009, following the announcement that President Barack Obama had nominated Provost Kristina M. Johnson as under secretary of energy. Upon Dr. Johnson's confirmation by the United States Senate on May 19, 2009, Dr. Zeger was appointed interim provost, a position he held until August 31, 2009.
Dr. Zeger is the author or co-author of three books and more than 170 scientific articles and book chapters. Science Watch identified him as one the top 25 most cited mathematical scientists of the past decade.
He conducts statistical research on regression analysis for correlated responses as occur in surveys, time series, longitudinal or genetics studies. With Kung-Yee Liang, he developed the method of generalized estimating equations (GEE) to draw valid scientific inferences from correlated data with many applications in biomedicine and public health.
Dr. Zeger has been elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Statistical Association. He has served as expert witness to the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in their civil suits against the tobacco industry and as a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Merck Research Laboratory.
He is co-editor of the Oxford University Press journal Biostatistics and a member of the Springer-Verlag editorial board for statistics. He was awarded the 2008 Wilks Award from the American Statistical Association for contributions to statistical science, 2007 Bradford Hill Medal from the Royal Statistical Society for outstanding contributions to medical statistics and the 2007 Marvin Zelen Award from Harvard University for leadership in the field of biostatistics. In 2006, 2002 and 1988, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Student Assembly awarded Dr. Zeger the Golden Apple for excellence in teaching.