St. Olaf College, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Position ID: StOlaf-VAPSDS24 [#24269]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science
Position Type: Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Northfield, Minnesota 55057, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Statistics and Data Science
Application Deadline: none (posted 2024/02/01)
Position Description:    

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, two-year position in Statistics and Data Science at the level of Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor, to begin August 2024.  

Responsibilities include teaching a variety of undergraduate statistics and data science courses and participating in the life of the Statistics and Data Science program, MSCS Department, and college as a whole.


We are looking for candidates who have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, or a closely related field, and who can contribute broadly to our growing statistics and data science program through teaching a variety of courses.

About the Department:

Our Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) Department includes thriving programs in mathematics, statistics and data science, computer science, mathematical biology, and mathematics education. While maintaining disciplinary rigor, we promote interactions and synergy among MSCS programs and across the college. Our dedicated MSCS faculty collaborate with talented students, support our excellent record of teaching, and are leaders in a wide range of research programs. Our department is actively engaged in the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and we seek a colleague who will contribute to inclusive excellence and teach a variety of courses across our Statistics and Data Science curriculum. If interested, abundant support is available for collaborative research projects involving undergraduates, including through our nationally-recognized Center for Interdisciplinary Research.

The St. Olaf mathematics program is among the largest and most successful at American undergraduate institutions, annually graduating about 70 mathematics majors. The statistics and data science program is also vibrant, with 5 faculty members and over 60 statistics and data science concentrators each year. The computer science program is growing quickly, doubling the number of majors (from the 20’s to the 40’s) in just a few years. St. Olaf is among the nation’s top undergraduate origins of PhDs in the mathematical sciences. For more information about the department, visit


At St. Olaf College, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply:

Apply online at the St. Olaf Human Resources website

A complete application includes:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
4. Statement describing your teaching philosophy. This should include your views and approaches to teaching, and not simply a list of your teaching experiences.
5. The contact information for two professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship 

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Paul Roback, Department Chair, at

Who We Are
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community. 

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here: 

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire. 

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff: 
A link to our DEI page: 
A virtual campus tour: 
An overview of Northfield: 
An overview of the Twin Cities: 

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance. 

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance. 

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Title IX Contact Information: 
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator 
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180 
Northfield, MN 55057 

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