|Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
We are looking for an accomplished mathematician who wants to make a difference. The candidate must demonstrate the vision and skills necessary to lead the department as it expands and strengthen its PhD program, contributes to the university's goal of becoming a leading research university, and continues the department’s commitment to fostering a diverse community as well as its strong commitment to excellence in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2014.
The position is available at the associate or full professor level. A successful candidate is to build on the Department's strengths so that it fulfills its potential as a center of mathematical research and teaching. The Chair has the responsibility to oversee all departmental activities related to the faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff. He or she should have a strong record of research in mathematics or applied mathematics, demonstrated success in teaching, experience in attracting external funding, and a proven ability to provide academic leadership.
The chair provides leadership to the department on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the chair must be able to work and thrive in a diverse community with faculty and students from multiple disciplines; attract and retain top-tier faculty; enhance existing undergraduate and graduate degree programs; advance the status of the department, in terms of funded research and graduate education; support and promote the service mission of the department; maintain an innovative, well-funded and nationally recognized research program in mathematics; teach classes at all levels; and, supervise high quality graduate research.
The department has 39 full-time faculty members. The mission of the department is to foster excellence in mathematical research and to offer a strong undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare our students for stimulating and rewarding employment, career, and life-long learning opportunities. The department aspires to be an excellent department of mathematics. We currently have approximately 160 undergraduate majors and 40 full and part-time graduate students. The department’s research strengths include math biology, discrete math, analysis, and mathematics education.
Candidates must provide a cover letter that clearly delineates how they meet the qualifications outlined above, specifically addressing the candidate’s history of, or potential to, foster a diverse community; current curriculum vitae; detailed statements concerning their philosophies with respect to teaching, research and leadership/management style; and, contact information for three references. Applications must be submitted electronically to www.mathjobs.org. Evaluation of the applications will begin on December 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.