Florida Polytechnic University, Applied Mathematics

Position ID: 1999-ASST [#18366, P1576]
Position Title: Assistant Professor – Applied Mathematics
Position Location: Lakeland, Florida 33805, United States
Subject Area: Applied Mathematics
Application Deadline: none (posted 2021/09/28)
Position Description:    

The Department of Applied Mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor with strong teaching skills, a demonstrated potential for a successful research program, and a willingness to perform service activities that enhance the educational mission of the university and support the broader mathematical community. The Department of Applied Mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University has made substantial changes to its applied mathematics program to include a greater emphasis on computation and to include a 4-course interdisciplinary sequence. The new undergraduate program provides the nexus of Florida Polytechnic University - wide activities in applied mathematics and related disciplines, and close collaborations between applied mathematics faculty and faculty members in other engineering and science departments. This position is part of a strategic expansion of the department that will add at least two new faculty to the current nine fulltime faculty members within the department. As a part of this faculty expansion, the department will be emphasizing and improving its current teaching mission and strategically enhancing its research presence. Applicants must provide evidence of highly successful college-level teaching, a plan for new or continued scholarship, and a commitment to do the service expected of a university faculty member. Faculty at the assistant level are expected to participate in external funding efforts, supervise undergraduate students, and to assist in the broader educational mission of the department. 

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or closely related field. 
  • PhD. in applied mathematics
  • Breadth of university-level teaching experience
  • An emerging record of high-quality scholarship
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Evidence of leadership potential
  • Participation in obtaining funding or work on funded projects
  • Experience with undergraduate research projects
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity in STEM education. 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We seek candidates who will immerse themselves into growing our new program in applied mathematics. This will involve the development and instruction of upper division courses, recruitment of students, mentoring and advising for the major, working on capstone projects, development of interdisciplinary course sequences that complement the major, and a focus on career and graduate school opportunities for our students. In addition, top candidates will have a strong interest in forming partnerships with other departments, as well as with local industry, to develop interdisciplinary projects and research opportunities for both faculty and students. As a STEM-only university, Florida Poly necessarily must focus considerable attention on the first- and second-year mathematics courses. We seek candidates willing to push against educational norms to develop exciting and innovative curricula for these courses that enhance the overall educational experience of our students. 

ABOUT FLORIDA POLY: Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and is the twelfth university in the Florida State University System. The University was created as an exclusively STEM-focused public university that offers high-value undergraduate and graduate degrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focus on economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated to preparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, Florida Polytechnic University blends traditional subject matter mastery with problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide students with learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and a career of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses in small class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to faculty experience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and research mission. Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term defined appointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, that substantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment and progression in rank upon completion of a significant review of accomplishments. Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-modern campus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines small town comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor is home to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has more than 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college. Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thriving performing art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and home values increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakeland and Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to live and work. 

EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

  • Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by Nov 15, 2021.
  • Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled). Review of applications will begin in mid-October and continue until the positions are filled.
  • Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the United States. This proof must be provided prior to employment at the University. An appointment is not final until proof is provided. 
APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submit the following in PDF format to the Florida Polytechnic Careers Website: 
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • List of at least 3 professional references (names and contact information)
  • Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcript This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04. 
 Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provide equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for admission, students, and others affiliated with the University) without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information.

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