Arizona State University, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Position Title: Professor and Director of the School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Glendale, Arizona 85306, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2023/11/13 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/09/28, finished 2024/05/18, listed until 2024/03/28)
Position Description:    

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The School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences invites applications for School Director. The successful candidate in this role will provide stable administrative vision, leadership, and management in an interdisciplinary school of Mathematical & Natural Sciences, where we value impactful education of a rapidly growing undergraduate student body, high quality research, and inclusion at the student and faculty level. This successful candidate will promote collegiality, transparent and clear communication, and consensus around shared objectives. We are seeking exceptional candidates who meet the expectations for appointment at the rank of Full Professor. About the School: The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SMNS), in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences ( at Arizona State University, is an interdisciplinary mathematical and natural sciences unit that encompasses computing, statistics, mathematics, biology, environmental science, chemistry, and physics; it prides itself in interdisciplinary collaborations among these research areas. SMNS embraces the ideal of a fully inclusive and welcoming STEM community and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts and supports the success of students of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Our School is committed to recruiting and retaining students and faculty from groups that have historically been underrepresented in the sciences. We offer undergraduate degrees across the mathematical and natural sciences, and one interdisciplinary M.S. degree in Biological Data Science. Faculty in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences have the opportunity to work in a unit that values innovative research and undergraduate education equally while being housed in an R1 university. This has created the opportunity for our diverse student population to obtain individual faculty mentorship on the West Campus of ASU, which provides a close-knit residential campus setting.

ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world applications blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth-largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

All we do at ASU is guided and inspired by the University Charter, which reads:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Successful candidates will demonstrate throughout their materials how their teaching, research, and service will contribute to the fulfillment of this charter. Essential Functions of the Position: To provide administrative vision, leadership, and management for the school to continue advancing: • high-quality research among a rapidly growing community of tenured/tenure track and career track faculty • student enrollment building on multi-year double-digit percent growth; • impactful education through undergraduate research and innovative programmatic development and funding; • interdisciplinarity within SMNS and New College; • inclusion at the student and faculty level and across all aspects of the school's operation; • collegiality by developing transparent processes and clearly communicating and building consensus around shared objectives; and • teach courses in relevant areas

Qualifications Required Qualifications: • Doctorate or terminal degree that falls within the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences or related field at the time of hire. Desired Qualifications: • An externally-funded research and publication program, warranting appointment as full professor with tenure at ASU, in an area of expertise that complements existing strengths and needs of SMNS • The ability to promote and lead new and existing interdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching • Enthusiasm for developing new initiatives, new programs, and/ or new curricula • Evidence of leadership experience in an interdisciplinary program or Center, and/or administrative experience within a School, Department or College • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including students with disabilities and first-generation, non-traditional, low income, and underrepresented minority students, etc. • An appropriate record of university and professional service • Ability/commitment to oversee multi-annual goals and development within the school • Enthusiasm for/commitment to building institutional culture

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: The initial application deadline is Monday, November 13, 2023, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment. For assistance with your application, or for position-related questions, contact

Application Procedure: Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. All required materials must be submitted at time of initial application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to

Applications must contain: • Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications and how your experience will demonstrate the University Charter • Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address • One-page leadership statement • One-page statement of teaching philosophy • One-page statement of current and future research objectives • Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, etc. • Unofficial graduate transcripts • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number), one reference must be from your current or most recent employer ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon the successful passing of the background check. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See and In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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Contact: Norma Peru-Ray
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4701 W. Thunderbird Rd
Glendale, AZ 85306