Rochester Institute of Technology

Position ID: 1107-MATH [#12598, 1280710]
Position Title: Department Head - School of Mathematical Sciences
Position Location: Rochester, New York 14623, United States [map]
Application Deadline: finished (2018/09/20, finished 2019/05/26, listed until 2018/11/19)
Position Description:    

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Department Head - School of Mathematical Sciences 4005BR College of Science COS School of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track, Tenured Faculty Discipline: Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Computational Mathematics, Data Analytics Faculty Rank: Professor Employment Category: Fulltime Anticipated Start Date: 01-Jul-2019

Department/College Description The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of six academic units in RIT’s College of Science, which also houses the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, the Integrated Sciences Academy, the School of Chemistry and Materials Science, the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences.

The SMS promotes research in mathematical and statistical sciences and is the home of 74 faculty members, five administrative staff members, three undergraduate programs (Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science), two MS programs, (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Applied Statistics) and a Ph.D. program in Mathematical Modeling. The SMS offers the required mathematics and statistics courses for students from all RIT programs.

The SMS has been developing a five-year strategic plan based on the following mission and vision:

Mission Innovate, Educate, and Extend the Frontiers of Knowledge

Vision Human lives are enriched by education, discovery, and innovation, and our purpose is to contribute to those enterprises. The RIT School of Mathematical Sciences will be a center of research excellence, recognized for its contributions to mathematical and statistical science, and known for expertise in mathematical and computational modeling, data science, and scientific inference. The School will be recognized for its distinction in teaching and learning—equipping students with mathematical and statistical skills and tools, providing students at all levels with research and experiential learning opportunities, and nurturing curiosity and creativity.

Detailed Job Description The Rochester Institute of Technology seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS), an academic unit dedicated to advancing the frontiers of mathematical sciences. As the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the School, the Head provides leadership, advocacy, oversight, and management. The Head is responsible for overseeing the academic, student, faculty, and staff affairs and for leading the research and operational activities of the School. The daily operation of the School emphasizes an open and inclusive management style that inspires and supports the faculty, staff, and students in their individual and collaborative efforts. Responsibilities include: • Overseeing and continually improving the SMS undergraduate and graduate programs and the general education curriculum • Promoting research and encouraging discovery, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students • Fostering SMS participation in interdisciplinary projects and programs • Recruiting and retaining top-tier faculty • Developing, supporting, and advocating for faculty and staff at all levels • Facilitating the completion of drafting and implemention of a five-year SMS strategic plan • Cultivating existing and prospective donors and research partners • Managing the SMS financial resources

SMS Head appointments are three-year renewable terms.

THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY: RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”

Required Minimum Qualifications • An earned doctorate in the mathematical or statistical sciences or a related field • Leadership and administrative experience • Demonstrated strong management, communication, and advocacy skills • A commitment to undergraduate and graduate education • A commitment to fostering interdisciplinary research • Experience in fostering growth of a research program • Research and teaching interests that align with SMS • A record of peer-reviewed publications and externally funded research • Qualifications consistent with the rank of tenured full professor • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences

Required Minimum Education Level PhD

Required Application Documents Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Statement of Diversity Contribution

How To Apply Apply online at Search 4005BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments: • A statement expressing your leadership and management styles • A statement describing your philosophies of teaching, research, and the relationship between them • A statement of your experience with and commitment to the principles expressed in RIT’s core values, its honor code, and its statement of diversity.

Candidacy will be kept confidential until the candidate accepts an invitation for an on-campus interview, at which time a list of references will be expected.

Any questions on the position should be directed to Dr. Nathan Cahill via email (

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. It is expected that the new Head will assume the position no later than July 1, 2019.

Additional Details The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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