I'm Steven Foti, a statistics educator, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Director of the Online MS program in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Florida. I currently teach courses to graduate students in biostatistics, public health, and other medical sciences in both on-campus and online formats.

My primary research interest is in statistical literacy, which partly motivated my dissertation in analyzing how students understand the concept of variability and continues to inspire the way I teach introductory/service courses in biostatistics.

I value the importance of well informed and effective communication of statistical ideas, and seek innovative ways to contribute to this area through teaching, research, and service.


  • PhD, Statistics Education, University of Florida, 2017
  • MS, Statistics, University of Florida, 2013
  • BS, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Clarkson University, 2011

Selected Research


The Levels of Conceptual Understanding in Statistics (LOCUS) Project: Results of the Pilot Study

Whitaker, D., Foti, S., & Jacobbe, T. (2015). The levels of conceptual understanding in statistics (LOCUS) project: Results of the pilot study. Numeracy, 8(2), 3.

The Statistics Teacher Network

Lessons from the LOCUS Assessments (Part 3): Boxplots

Foti, S., & Jacobbe, T. (2015). Lessons from the LOCUS Assessments (Part 3): Boxplots. The Statistics Teacher Network, 85, p.2-5.

Contact Me

Steven J. Foti
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics
College of Public Health and Health Professions
College of Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32610