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

Position ID: StOlaf-TAP2019 [#12275]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Northfield, Minnesota 55057, United States [map]
Subject Area: Analysis
Application Deadline: 2018/11/15 (posted 2018/08/13)
Position Description:    

POSITION SUMMARY: St. Olaf College’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) seeks a mathematician with expertise in analysis and a demonstrated commitment to supporting a thriving and diverse undergraduate mathematics program. 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. To that end, we request that in their letters of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. 

APPOINTMENT: Full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track, at assistant level. Position starts August 15, 2019. 
QUALIFICATIONS: 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 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. 

APPLICATIONS: Applications must be submitted online, through Applicants must also register online at the St. Olaf College website,

A completed application (online at includes:
  • 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); 
  • statement of your research program, written for a general mathematical audience; 
  • short statement (1 page) on your ideas for supervising undergraduate research; 
  • three letters of reference (at least two must directly address teaching); 
  • registration at St. Olaf College (online at 
DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Semifinalists will be interviewed at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore in January 2019 or by phone/video if unable to attend the meetings. On-campus interviews of finalists will begin in early February.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions about the position may be addressed by email to Prof. Ryota Matsuura, Hiring Committee Chair at

OTHER INFORMATION: 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 concentrators, and 20 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, 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. 

Located in Northfield, Minnesota, 45 miles from the vibrant and culturally rich metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, St. Olaf College is an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts college that is home to 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. For more information about the college, please visit: 

A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service. 

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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
St. Olaf MSCS Department
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

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