Humboldt State University

Position ID: 2150-MTTF [#19339]
Position Title: Mathematics (Data Science), Tenure Track Faculty
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Arcata, California 95521, United States
Application Deadline: none (posted 2021/12/22)
Position Description:    

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Mathematics (Data Science), Tenure Track Faculty

Humboldt State University

Vacancy Announcement

Faculty Tenure-Track Positions in Data Science Starting August 2022

Department of Mathematics

JOB #2223-19

Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University's Department of Mathematics invites applicants for two (2) academic-year tenure- track faculty positions in Data Science. The Department is launching a new Data Science major in Fall 2023 as the University is in the process of conducting a self-study to become designated as the state's third polytechnic university. This momentous opportunity reflects on HSU's excellence. As a polytechnic, HSU would be able to leverage its strengths and help meet important needs for the North Coast and California. At its core, our Data Science program prioritizes and teaches “Data for Good” in which data is used to improve society. We are seeking candidates with a background in mathematics, statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence or a related discipline who have a demonstrated interest or ability in cross-disciplinary collaboration, particularly in societal grand challenge areas such as fire resilience, climate action, access to justice, and clean energy. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to shape and expand the program as it grows. Humboldt State's mathematics program is lively, student-centered, and distinguished for its production of future scholars, its pioneering work in math education, and its expertise in the application of mathematical principles to environmental sciences. Opportunities for interactions and collaboration across the University include, but are not limited to, the newly founded HSU Fire Resilience Institute and the Schatz Energy Resource Center.

As an institution, HSU is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student-centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share HSU's commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience, and outstanding candidates at all academic ranks will be considered. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
  • Expertise in Data Science and its applications;
  • Proficiency in coding languages;
  • Willingness to teach courses using Python and R;
  • Ability and desire to build out and teach the newly developed Data Science courses (listed under Professional Duties) as well as to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.);
  • Interest or experience in cross-disciplinary collaboration to develop curriculum that incorporates data applications into other disciplines;
  • Interest or experience in preparing students for careers in industry;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to advise and mentor students from minoritized groups in higher education;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including multicultural experience and cross-cultural
    communication skills; and
  • Commitment to and/or experience with implementing innovative approaches in lower and upper division courses to increase equity and student success in diverse classrooms.

    Candidates are expected to address all of the above required qualifications in their CV or cover letter.

    Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Expertise in machine learning algorithms and implementation;
  • Experience using the entire data processing pipeline;
  • Experience working with big data and cloud computing;
  • Proficiency with Jupyter Notebooks (or similar) and their potential implementation in course design;
  • Proficiency with one or more industry-standard Data Science tools and platforms (e.g., Tableau, Jupyter, TensorFlow, Hadoop, Github, etc.).
  • Experience using data for actionable insights in one or more areas of application (e.g., Fire Science, Climate Change, Ecology, Social Justice, Clean Energy, etc.)
  • Ability to develop, implement, and assess programs in ways that advance equitable and inclusive learning
  • Commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity; and
  • Research interest and methodologies that contribute to the understanding of diversity and equal opportunity.

    At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non- immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:

    Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

    PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include, but are not limited to, any of our six newly developed Data Science courses:

    ● Introduction to Programming and Computational Thinking for Data Science
    ● Data Wrangling and Visualization
    ● Applied Data Analysis
    ● Machine Learning for Data Science
    ● Advanced Data Science Methods and Ethics
    ● Capstone in Data Science

    Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the Mathematics Department and students, potentially including courses in mathematics, statistics and computer science.

    The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship and creative activity, and service to the University, profession and the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.

    Humboldt State also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Humboldt State University is a leader in “learning communities” that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.

    GENERAL INFORMATION: For more information, please visit:

    Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). The Humboldt State University campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt State currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at HSU to conduct research, teaching and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the HSU library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. HSU strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People's Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the HSU Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit:

    APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio:
    Click here to apply:

  • Letter of Application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Diversity Statement, include your understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) in higher education and your past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success, including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the LGBTIQ+ community. (2 page limit);
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically
    marginalized and/or minoritized as well as specifically addressing some subset of the Data Science courses listed above;
  • Statement of Research Interests, specifically addressing any application to a broad societal challenge if one exists, as well as discussing the potential for incorporating students into this research agenda;
  • Teaching Evaluations, if available;
  • Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Names and Contact Information for Three (3) Professional References.

    Additional application materials may be requested at a later time. The Letter of Application and CV should address how the candidate meets the professional qualifications of the position.

    Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Mathematics or Humboldt State University to:

    Kamila Larripa,
    Search Committee Chair Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Humboldt State University
    One Harpst Street
    Arcata, California 95521-8299
    Phone: (707) 826-3143

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 21, 2022. Early response is encouraged.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.

    A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

    Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

    New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits

    If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or

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