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

Position ID: StOlaf-TTAP23 [#20100]
Position Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Northfield, Minnesota 55057, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Analysis or related field
Application Deadline: 2022/10/14 11:59PMhelp popup (offers accepted posted 2022/06/01)
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The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in mathematics with an emphasis in analysis at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023.

Responsibilities include teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate mathematics courses such as Real Analysis I and II, Complex Analysis, Probability, and Topology; and developing and maintaining an active research program that also contributes meaningfully to the department’s strong commitment to undergraduate research supervision.


A Ph.D. in mathematics is strongly preferred by the date of appointment. Applicants should have expertise in mathematical analysis. Applicants must demonstrate potential for successful teaching in an undergraduate setting; those applicants who have had full responsibility for teaching courses will be given higher consideration.


At St. Olaf, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving.

We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts. Please use the required diversity statement to describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible.

About the Department

The mathematics program at St. Olaf College is among the largest and most successful in American undergraduate institutions. Graduating annually about 75 mathematics majors, 35 statistics and data science concentrators, and 40 computer science majors, St. Olaf is among the nation’s top undergraduate origins of PhDs in the mathematical sciences. Serving mathematics majors with a wide range of interests, we regularly offer such advanced courses as complex analysis, topology, measure theory, partial differential equations, mathematical biology, and a variety of seminars in pure and applied mathematics. In a typical summer, 10–15 students conduct supported summer research with department faculty. The department has nearly 20 faculty members with expertise in algebraic topology, complex analysis, graph theory, group theory, logic, mathematics education, mathematical physics, operations research, partition theory, real analysis, logic programming, reliable real-time systems, computer graphics, statistics, and biostatistics.

Our department is proud to be the home of outstanding programs in mathematics, statistics and data science, computer science, and mathematical biology. While maintaining disciplinary rigor, we seek interactions and synergy among the programs. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research is a nationally recognized program that pairs faculty and students in MSCS with faculty and students from other disciplines “to share in the excitement and challenge of working across the traditional academic boundaries to collaborate on research.” Opportunities abound for collaborative research, especially involving undergraduates. Please visit the department webpage at for more information.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit materials online at A complete application includes:

  1. Cover letter addressing your qualifications, your general interest in the liberal arts and particular interest in St. Olaf College
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Diversity statement (200–500 word limit)
  4. Graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  5. Statement describing your teaching philosophy (this should include your views and approaches to teaching, and not simply a list of your teaching experiences)
  6. Statement of your research program, written for a general mathematical audience
  7. Short statement (1 page) on your ideas for supervising undergraduate research
  8. Three letters of reference (at least two must directly address teaching)

Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will receive fullest consideration. Finalist interviews are expected in December, 2022.

Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Prof. Ryota Matsuura, Search Committee Chair, at Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

About St. Olaf

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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 learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here:

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 requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply). To be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you need to have received the COVID-19 vaccination dose(s), plus a COVID-19 booster shot before your start date, or within two weeks of eligibility for a booster.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
507 786 3113
MSCS Department
St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057