Truman State University, School of Science & Mathematics

Position ID: 3047-TT [#23593, F053P]
Position Title: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Data Science, Fall 2024
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Kirksville, Missouri 63501, United States
Subject Area: Mathematics Data Science
Application Deadline: (posted 2023/10/20, listed until 2024/04/20)
Position Description:    

Position: The School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University is seeking applicants for at least one full-time Tenure-track position in Mathematics and Data Science to begin August 2024. The position is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor with specific title dependent on qualifications and experience. This position is a 9-month, in-person position located in Kirksville, Missouri. Ample opportunities for additional summer teaching and research mentoring are available, as well as opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of our university.

Responsibilities: Successful candidates will provide classroom instruction in undergraduate and graduate data science classes as well as undergraduate courses in Mathematics; advise and mentor Undergraduate and Master's-level students, including supervising capstone and thesis projects; maintain scholarly activity consistent with Truman's teacher-scholar model; serve on departmental and university committees; and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: ● A doctoral degree in mathematics, or a closely related field with substantial training, graduate coursework and/or teaching experience in data science — Candidates with non-traditional data science training should explain their background in their cover letter. ABD candidates (with expected completion within a year of the start date) will be considered. ● Coursework, teaching, work, or other experience using R Statistical Software. Desired Qualifications: Candidates will receive preferred consideration for: ● academic qualifications and previous relevant experience beyond the minimum listed above; ● evidence of strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, ● demonstrated potential for and evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in data science and graduate courses in data science and analytical storytelling. ● demonstrated potential for and evidence of excellence in teaching a variety of undergraduate courses offered by the Mathematics and Statistics departments, ● skill and background with R and other modern analytics and data science tools, such as PowerBI, Tableau, SQL, or Python; ● ability to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, including supervision of capstone projects, masters' theses, and other research projects, ● evidence of and potential for scholarly activity consistent with the teacher-scholar model, at a level that would allow appointment to Truman's graduate faculty within the first year of hire, and ● desire and ability to support Truman’s liberal arts and sciences mission inside and outside of the departments, including an understanding of the role of analytical storytelling as a component of data science, and how mathematics, statistics and data science students should learn to consider communication, ethics, and their broader impact on society.

Benefits: Truman offers an attractive benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; retirement contributions and paid sick leave. Paid parental leave and tuition discount are available for eligible employees after one year. For more information, visit https://hr.truman.edu/benefits/. Mathematics Program: The Department of Mathematics is part of the School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University. The department has 12 faculty members and approximately 80 students in the undergraduate major, graduating approximately 25 mathematics students yearly. The department also offers minors in Mathematics, Mathematical Biology, supports an Actuarial Science minor, and provides classes to support majors in a variety of disciplines including education, business, and the sciences. The Department also offers courses in the Dialogues (Truman’s liberal studies core curriculum) and opportunities for faculty members to pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Computer and Data Science Program: The Department of Computer and Data Sciences at Truman State University has major degree programs in Computer Science and Statistics with concentrations in classical statistics and data science and a Masters Degree program in Data Science and Analytic Storytelling. The department has 15 full-time faculty members with a variety of specialties who support our programs and campus-wide needs with over 70 sections of undergraduate and graduate statistics data science courses annually. The department offers minors and certificates in computer science, statistics, and data science and actively supports an Actuarial Science minor, statistically-related majors across campus, and other interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science. The Department also offers courses in the Dialogues (Truman’s liberal studies core curriculum) and opportunities for faculty members to pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 3,500 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 25% engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Nearly 40% gain leadership experience, and nearly half plan to go on to graduate or professional school. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Red, White and Blue Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including weekly farmers’ markets from May through October, as well as the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to Chicago O’Hare provide quick access to one of the country’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com.

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Applications must be submitted electronically at http://employment.truman.edu/. For assistance with submitting an application, please contact Human Resources at 660-786-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above, a statement of teaching philosophy, current curriculum vitae, official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. K. Scott Alberts, Professor of Statistics, salberts@truman.edu

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.


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