Samford University, Mathematics and Computer Science

1231 14998Position ID: SAMU-SAMCHAIR [#14998]
Position Title: Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Birmingham, Alabama 35229, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: none (posted 2019/10/24)
Position Description:    

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Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for the position of chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the full professor rank beginning August 2020. This full-time tenure-track faculty position is a 9-month appointment and carries a 2-2 teaching load (4 credit hour courses).

Qualified candidates will hold either a Ph.D. in mathematics or a Ph.D. in a related field paired with sufficient graduate level mathematics credits to allow the candidate to teach across the mathematics curriculum. Additional graduate coursework in computer science is of interest but not required. Candidates should possess substantial university administrative experience. A commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work effectively with faculty, students and colleagues is required.

Chair responsibilities include scheduling courses, managing curriculum assessment, evaluating faculty, overseeing the departmental budget, and providing vision for the program. These tasks as chair are in addition to the expectations of all mathematics faculty: teaching courses from across the entire undergraduate mathematics curriculum, advising students, and providing departmental, college, university, and professional service.

Additionally, the chair will lead the department in an ongoing effort to ensure that the departmental programs prepare students for the variety of opportunities available to graduates of mathematics and computer science. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, further study and careers in education, research, statistics, data science, actuarial science, cryptography and cryptanalysis, mathematical biology, economics, finance, computer science, bioinformatics, physics, and engineering. Candidates must possess a teaching, research and academic record commensurate with full professor rank in Samford University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has 11 full-time faculty members including a Director of Computer Science. The department currently has over 70 students as majors split between mathematics and computer science.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,600 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability.

The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and continue until February 10, 2020. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of leadership experience, research interests and activities, teaching philosophy, application for faculty position, and faculty applicant Christian mission statement.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:

“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:

Please submit all materials in a PDF format to:

Questions may be addressed to Associate Dean, Dr. Emily Hynds (

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).

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