San Jose State University, Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: SJSU-ASSTPROFPURE [#18921, Job no: 505986]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: San Jose, California 95192-0103, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Pure Mathematics: algebra, number theory, topology, or geometry
Application Deadline: 2021/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/11/05, listed until 2021/12/31)
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Position Description

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San José State University invites applications for one tenure-track faculty position in Mathematics at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2022. We seek applicants with demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level, outstanding research potential, and a commitment to department service.

Applicants must have research expertise in algebra, number theory, topology, or geometry. Applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in the mathematical sciences or a closely related field by time of the appointment.

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San José State University is to offer undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in Mathematics that prepare students to pursue continuing graduate study, to work in industry, and to teach in secondary schools or community colleges. We strive to teach our students to communicate mathematical ideas effectively and to use basic computational skills, mathematical models and technology to solve practical problems. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a variety of courses that serve students in other departments, notably engineering, science, and business, to help them use mathematics and quantitative analysis effectively in their chosen field. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics strives to teach well, maintain high standards for student performance, and keep its curriculum up to date. The Department also takes pride in a faculty that is active in scholarship and research, which includes the encouragement and supervision of student research in Center for Applied Mathematics, Computation and Statistics (CAMCOS) projects and graduate student theses.

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and communities can benefit from different and divergent cultural and identity perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. All applicants must include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in mathematical sciences or a closely related field by the time of appointment.
  • Applicants should have research expertise in algebra, number theory, topology, or geometry.
  • Applicants should be able to engage and supervise SJSU students in research projects and master’s theses. An interest in interdisciplinary research and learning is an advantage.
  • Applicants should have experience with, or demonstrated interest in, employing active learning teaching strategies at various levels.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural and socially diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • The candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise graduate students, maintain a program of scholarly activity, and work on curriculum development.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity–in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation–through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advising.

Application Procedure

Click the "Apply Now" button at to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and include the following:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement (approximately 2 pages)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (approximately 2 pages)
  • statement of research plans (approximately 2 pages)
  • names and contact information for three (3) reference letter writers. At least one should address teaching.

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair: Steven Crunk  

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University - Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley—one of the most innovative regions in the world— San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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Contact: Steven Crunk, Chair, Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics, 408-924-5100, 408-924-5080 (fax)
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Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0103
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