University of St. Thomas, Mathematics Department

Position ID: 657-ACSC [#10783]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: St. Paul, Minnesota 55105, United States [map]
Subject Area: Actuarial Science
Starting Date: 2018/08/22
Application Deadline: finished (2017/09/19, finished 2018/07/21)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Actuarial Science, to begin in September 2018. It is preferred that applicants have a PhD in actuarial science or in a closely related field with emphasis in financial mathematics or statistics. ABDs nearing completion of the Ph.D. are considered with the initial appointment made at the rank of instructor. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and show strong potential for productive research/scholarly activities in actuarial science or a closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants who possess (or are near completion of) actuarial credentials from any of the professional societies.

The University of St. Thomas is a liberal arts institution that values excellence in teaching and research. The 20-member Department of Mathematics ( offers bachelor's programs in mathematics, mathematics education, and actuarial science, and supports the interdepartmental degree program in statistics and is quite active in the area of undergraduate research. The Actuarial Science Program ( offers a Bachelor of Science degree and is located in the Department of Mathematics. The Society of Actuaries recognizes the St. Thomas Actuarial Science Program as a Center of Actuarial Excellence. The Center for Applied Mathematics ( is located within the department and supports faculty and student research on a variety of projects.

The prime teaching responsibility for the successful candidate is undergraduate actuarial science courses. To complete the normal load, the candidate can expect to teach lower level mathematics courses or possibly statistics courses. The standard teaching load for this position is three courses per semester; however, candidates who exhibit (or demonstrate strong potential for) an established research agenda in actuarial science might be eligible for release time in support of their scholarly work. We prefer candidates whose research agendas focus on areas that will contribute to maintaining our status as a Center of Actuarial Excellence.

Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota's largest private university. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit the University strongly encourages applications from women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities.

Applications must include (1) a cover letter and curriculum vitae, (2) a statement (up to two pages) detailing your teaching experience and your teaching philosophy, (3) a statement (up to three pages), in a language understandable to a broad range of academic actuaries, outlining your current and future research, and indicating how your research agenda will enhance our current efforts and (4) an unofficial copy of your graduate transcripts. Applicants should arrange for three references to send recommendation letters to Kristine Henriksen at At least one letter should address teaching.

Any questions regarding the position should be sent to either Patrick Van Fleet (search committee chair) at or Mike Axtell (Director of the Actuarial Science Program) at

To receive full consideration for the position, all application materials should be received by November 1, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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Contact: Patrick Van Fleet, 651-962-5552
Postal Mail:
2115 Summit Avenue OSS201
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN 55105
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