Charles J. Kowalski, Ph.D., professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry, retired from active faculty on August 31, 2009.
Professor Kowalski received his B.S. degree from Roosevelt University in 1962 and his M.S. degree from Michigan State University in 1965. He attended the University of Michigan for further studies, receiving his PhD in Biostatistics in 1968. He joined the University of Michigan faculty that same year as an assistant professor of dentistry. He was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1978. Professor Kowalski began serving as a consultant at the Statistical Research Laboratory, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies also in 1968 and became the assistant director in 1971. He was appointed in 1991 as statistician for the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research, Office of the Vice President for Research. He has been a part of the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board since 1996, and has served as a member, chair, and co-chair.
Professor Kowalski’s research interests focused on the application of statistical methods in dental/oral investigations, longitudinal data analysis, measurement of pain/quality of life, clinical trials, and bioethics. He has published 168 articles and 68 abstracts throughout his career. His current teaching effort includes instructing five workshops through the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research. These workshops focus on health measurement, randomized controlled trials, clinical trials with quality of life outcomes, comparative studies, and monitoring clinical trials.
Professor Kowalski’s service to the university research community has been admirable. He served on the Accreditation Working Group for accrediting the Human Research Participant Protection Program, as well as the Compliance Activities Task Force advising Office of Vice President for Research on policies and procedures for the Office of Research Compliance Review. He assisted in the development of PEERRS, the University’s web-based Program for Education and Evaluation of Responsible Research and Scholarship (human subjects and data management modules), to name a few. He currently serves on a subcommittee for the Human Research Coordinating Council as well as the Clinical Research Infrastructure Taskforce. He also takes part in a standing committee of the IRB Council and is a mentor for the new Chair of the IRB at Flint.