About me

Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics

I have been an Assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State since Fall 2009. My research interests are diverse and include topics in statistics education, education research methodology, reliability, engineering statistics and robust statistics. Fifty percent of my time is dedicated to teaching and coordinating sections of introductory statistics classes at the undergraduate level. I also serve as an academic advisor to undergraduate students majoring in statistics.


Stanfill, B., Genschel, U., Hofmann, H., & Nordman, D. (2015). Nonparametric confidence regions for the central orientation of random rotations. Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 135, 106–116.

Follett, L., Genschel, U., & Hofmann, H. (2014). A graphical exploration of the deepwater horizon oil spill. Computational Statistics, 29(1-2), 121–132.

Casleton, E., Beyler, A., Genschel, U., & Wilson, A. (2014). A pilot study teaching metrology in an introductory statistics course. Journal of Statistics Education, 22(3).

Stanfill, B., Hofmann, H., & Genschel, U. (2014). Rotations: An r package for sO (3) data. A Peer-Reviewed, Open-Access Publication of the R Foundation for Statistical Computing, 68.

Hildreth, L. A., Genschel, U., Lorenz, F. O., & Lesser, V. M. (2013). A permutation test for correlated errors in adjacent questionnaire items. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 20(2), 226–240.

Stanfill, B., Genschel, U., & Hofmann, H. (2013). Point estimation of the central orientation of random rotations. Technometrics, 55(4), 524–535.

Genschel, U., & Meeker, W. Q. (2010). A comparison of maximum likelihood and median-rank regression for weibull estimation. Quality Engineering, 22(4), 236–255.

Matvienko, O. A., Alekel, D. L., Genschel, U., Ritland, L., Van Loan, M. D., & Koehler, K. J. (2010). Appetitive hormones, but not isoflavone tablets, influence overall and central adiposity in healthy postmenopausal women. Menopause (New York, NY), 17(3), 594.

Crist, B. L., Alekel, D. L., Ritland, L. M., Hanson, L. N., Genschel, U., & Reddy, M. B. (2009). Association of oxidative stress, iron, and centralized fat mass in healthy postmenopausal women. Journal of Women’s Health, 18(6), 795–801.

Stewart, J. W., Alekel, D. L., Ritland, L. M., Van Loan, M., Gertz, E., & Genschel, U. (2009). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin d is related to indicators of overall physical fitness in healthy postmenopausal women. Menopause (New York, NY), 16(6), 1093.

Ritland, L. M., Alekel, D. L., Matvienko, O. A., Hanson, K. B., Stewart, J. W., Hanson, L. N., … Genschel, U. (2008). Centrally located body fat is related to appetitive hormones in healthy postmenopausal women. European Journal of Endocrinology, 158(6), 889–897.

Perry, C. D., Alekel, D. L., Ritland, L. M., Bhupathiraju, S. N., Stewart, J. W., Hanson, L. N., … others. (2008). Centrally located body fat is related to inflammatory markers in healthy postmenopausal women. Menopause (New York, NY), 15(4 Pt 1), 619.

Bhupathiraju, S. N., Alekel, D. L., Stewart, J. W., Hanson, L. N., Shedd, K. M., Reddy, M. B., … Koehler, K. J. (2007). Relationship of circulating total homocysteine and c-reactive protein to trabecular bone in postmenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 10(4), 395–403.

Genschel, U., & Becker, C. (2005). Schließende statistik: Grundlegende methoden. Springer-Verlag.



  • Jillian Downey
    Statistical Methodology for Education Data
    (co-advising with Mark Kaiser)


  • Bryan Stanfill
    Ph.D 2014
    Statistical methods for random rotations
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO

  • Laura Hildreth
    Ph.D 2013
    Residual analysis for structural equation modeling
    (co-advised with Fred Lorenz)
    Assistant Professor at Montana State University:
  • Monica Degnan
    MS 2014

  • Takisha Watson
    MS 2013
    (co-advised with Heike Hofmann)
  • Zhen Miao
    MS 2012

  • Josh Bernhard
    MS 2011
    (co-advised with Amy Froelich)
  • Amy Borgen
    MS 2011
  • Bryan Stanfill
    MS 2011

Undergraduate Mentoring

  • Charlotte Mann
    Research Undergraduate Experience
    Summer 2014
  • Lendie Follet
    2011 ASA Data Exposition Challenge

  • Takisha Watson
    2009 Summer Alliance Program
    (jointly with Heike Hofmann)


I enjoy teaching and to get to know my students - so don’t be surprised if I know you by name even if the class is large. Teaching is a passion of mine and I care about every student’s success. I work hard to provide a positive learning experience in the classroom but I expect you to work hard as well.

Fall 2015: Stat 226 - Introduction to Business Statistics I. All materials are available on Blackboard.

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