St. Olaf College, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Position ID: StOlaf-VAPS2019 [#13474]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor in Statistics
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Northfield, Minnesota 55057, United States [map]
Subject Area: Statistics
Application Deadline: 2019/02/22 finished (2019/01/11, finished 2019/04/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) at St. Olaf College seeks to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor in Statistics to begin August 15, 2019. A PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics, or closely related field by the time of appointment is highly desirable. Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in and dedication to undergraduate teaching. The incoming faculty member will primarily teach introductory statistics, with different versions geared toward science students and liberal arts students, although opportunities exist for teaching more advanced courses in applied statistical modeling. Candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in St. Olaf’s strong interdisciplinary research program if this lines up with their interests. We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the department’s commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently underrepresented in the area of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. Applications must be submitted online at and must include: ● cover letter addressing your qualifications, your general interest in the liberal arts and particular interest in St. Olaf College, and your commitment to increasing diversity in mathematics; ● current curriculum vitae; ● graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); ● statement describing your teaching philosophy (this should include your views and approaches to teaching, and not simply a list of your teaching experiences); ● two letters of reference (both directly addressing teaching); DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin February 11, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

The Statistics Program at St. Olaf College is strong and vibrant. It is housed in the nationally-recognized Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, which boasts four tenured statisticians among its 23 faculty members. Approximately 50 students graduate with statistics concentrations each year; students completing the four-course concentration in statistics come from majors as varied as mathematics, biology, chemistry, psychology, political science, and economics. Many go on to graduate school in statistics or related fields. Many statistics concentrators (18-24 per year) are selected to participate in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) where statistics students on research teams work with faculty from statistics and another discipline to address in-depth, year-long projects. In addition to getting first-hand experience in research, CIR Fellows participate in a weekly seminar series focusing on research and communication skills, while forming an energetic and visible statistics community. Opportunities abound for collaborative research, especially involving undergraduates.. CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions about the position or the application process may be directed to Katie Ziegler-Graham, Statistics Search Committee, at

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective. 

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire. 

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057

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