George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Position ID: GMU-TAPMOD [#19782]
Position Title: Term Instructor/Term Assistant Professor (MEGL Outreach Director)
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Fairfax, Virginia 22030, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2022/04/25 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/03/22)
Position Description:    

Term Assistant Professor (MEGL Outreach Director), Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University invites applications for a renewable 1-year position at the rank of Term Assistant Professor, to begin in August 2022, with the possibility of paid training during Summer 2022.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University, located outside of Washington, D.C., is the largest public university in Virginia, and has grown rapidly in the past 20 years to serve the needs of its majority-minority population.

About The Department: The Mathematical Sciences Department ( offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs in pure, applied, and computational mathematics. High-level research across a variety of disciplines is strengthened through collaborations with local government/industry partners and nearby universities. High-quality teaching and community engagement is achieved through innovative strategies including extensive outreach work, active learning, hands-on undergraduate research, and graduate internships; with a high success rate among both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Mason Experimental Geometry Lab (MEGL, is a research and outreach program within the Department of Mathematics. The research branch of MEGL engages undergraduate and graduate students in semester-long faculty-led projects focused on visualization and computation, reaching approximately 24 students across 6 projects each semester. The outreach branch of MEGL engages the community through small-group activities at nearby schools, reaching approximately 1000 students through 30 events each semester. Responsibilities: The position is formally a Term Assistant Professorship, a full-time teaching position. The MEGL Outreach Director devotes 50% effort to teaching 2 courses per semester and 50% effort to outreach tasks: • Learning, scheduling, and conducting existing outreach activities, aiming each semester to conduct 30 activities reaching 1000 students, • Coordinating the outreach team, consisting of 1 graduate assistant, 2 paid undergraduate assistants, and occasional volunteer assistants, • Maintaining the outreach network, currently consisting of 260 schools, libraries, and other venues in the Northern Virginia region, • As time permits, developing new material, including new activities or follow-up materials.

Required qualifications: • Excitement to share mathematics with others via fun, hands-on activities, • Enthusiasm for serving a diverse student body and outreach network, • Demonstrated strong administrative and organizational skills, • Experience delivering outreach content in mathematics, • Mathematics teaching experience at the university level, • Master's degree in mathematics, or equivalent coursework. • Hold a Ph.D. Degree in mathematics or a closely-related field, or expect to receive one by Summer 2023; (A successful candidate who does not complete their PhD by Summer 2022 will be hired as an Instructor, and promoted to Term Assistant Professor upon completion of their PhD based upon evaluation of performance over total period of service.)

Preferred qualifications (not strictly required): • Experience developing mathematical outreach activities, • Experience in K-12 mathematics curriculum and pedagogy, • Experience in group-based teaching methods, • Research and leadership experience at a lab in the Geometry Labs United network.

For more information about the position, email the MEGL Director Anton Lukyanenko at, or the Department of Mathematics at

For full consideration applications must be received by April 25, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and at least 2 letters of recommendation, one of which discusses teaching. Letters specifically addressing this position's unique requirements are particularly welcome.

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Further Info:
Department of Mathematical Sciences
4400 University Drive, MS 3F2
Exploratory Hall, room 4400
Fairfax, VA 22030