Cindy van Es

Cindy van Es

Professor of Practice

B41 Warren Hall



Director of Undergraduate Studies 

Areas of Expertise

  • Decision Analysis
  • Statistics


  • Doctorate Iowa State University, 1984
  • Master of Science Iowa State University, 1981
  • B.A./B.S. Montclair State University, 1979

Cindy van Es is a Professor of Practice in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Her program centers on the delivery of quality statistical education for undergraduate Business Management majors. Undergraduate advising is also an important part of her program. She is faculty advisor for approximately 60 students and six student organizations. Providing quality mentoring for all affiliated students is a prime objective. She now serves as Director of Business Inclusion and Diversity, which has the strategic goal of providing all undergraduate business students in Dyson with competencies in the areas of identity awareness, cross-cultural communication, global-business practices and inclusion. She is chair of the AEM Diversity committee, and has taken a leadership role in the development of a program within AEM to recruit and mentor minority and female students in Business Management. She also Chairs a special Diversity and Leadership Task Force of the AEM Business Advisory Council.

Teaching Focus

Teaching statistical and quantitative methods courses in the undergraduate Business Management program of the Department of Applied Economics and Management.

My teaching program provides quantitative tools to undergraduate Business majors. The statistical methods presented in my Introductory Statistics, and Business Statistics classes provide a solid foundation for our students to be both producers and consumers of these techniques. My Decision Analysis class gives students a useful technique for investigating complex strategic decisions. All of these courses endeavor to make our students more astute recipients of information, and to expand their “toolbox” of problem solving techniques.

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Awards and Honors

  • CALS Innovative Teaching Award (2015) Cornell University
  • The Best 300 Professors (2012) Princeton Review
  • Perkins Prize for Promoting Interracial Harmony (2011) Cornell University
  • Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award (2006) Cornell University
  • Professor of Merit (1997) CALS, Cornell University

Selected Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • van Es, C. L., & Weaver, M. (2016). Influence of Race and Sex on Introductory Statistical Education. American Statistical Association Proceedings of the Section on Statistical Education. American Statistical Association.

Presentations and Activities

  • Promoting Diversity in Higher Education. Renaissance Weekend-an invitation-only retreat for preeminent authorities, emerging leaders, and innovators in education. 2015.
  • Stereotype Threat. Cornell University School of Engineering Minority Program. September 2014.
  • New F.A.C.E.S.: Fostering Agricultural Extension and Communication Students – A USDA‐HEMSP Supported Project at Cornell University. NACTA Annual Conference. June 2014. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA),. Bozeman, MT.
  • Building an Inclusive Statistics Classroom. Joint Statistical Meetings. August 2012. American Statistical Association. San Diego, California.
  • What Makes an Effective Teacher. CALS Teaching Workshop. June 2011.
  • Teaching for Inclusive Excellence. CTE Workshop. April 2011. Center for Teaching Excellence, CU. ILR Conference Cetner.
  • Building a Diversity Program: Some Lessons Learned. Horticulture Seminar Series. November 2009. Cornell University. Cornell University.
  • SO WHAT ... is it. Beyond the Formula Statistical Education Conference. August 2005. Monroe Community College. Rochester, NY.
  • This is going to be Hard and Boring. Beyond the Formula Statistical Education Conference. August 2005. Monroe Community College. Rochester, NY.
  • Spatially-balanced designs on autocorrelated fields. Joint Statistical Meetings. 2004.


  • AEM 1260: Business Inclusion and Diversity Skills
  • AEM 2100: Introductory Statistics
  • AEM 3100: Business Statistics
  • AEM 4940: Global Business Trip: South Africa