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Black-Babcock Visiting Assistant Professor

at University of Kansas

Posted: 11/16/2017
Job Reference #: 3259862
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Job Description

Posting Title
Black-Babcock Visiting Assistant Professor

Auto req ID
10399BR

Position Number
00002888

Department
Mathematics

Location/Division
Lawrence

FTE
1.0

Reg/Temp
Regular

Limited Term End Date
16-May-2021

Conditions of Employment
Limited Term

Position Overview
The University of Kansas seeks a visiting assistant professor in probability. This appointment is a non-tenure track, limited term appointment for three academic years through May 16, 2021 (272 days), subject to satisfactory performance. The faculty member will participate in the teaching mission of the Mathematics Department, which includes courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; conduct research in probability leading to publication in appropriate media and to external funding as appropriate; and engage in department, College, University, and national service. Ph.D., ABD, or terminal degree is expected by the start date of appointment. The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

The Department of Mathematics has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A broad range of programs is possible including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, control theory, dynamical systems, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, stochastic analysis/control, partial differential equations, set theory, and topology. The department has a long tradition of excellence. The first Ph.D. granted west of the Mississippi was in mathematics at KU in the year 1895. Since then, the graduate program has been a central part of the department’s research and teaching. Historic Snow Hall, which houses the department, contains state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture spaces, computer labs, and other facilities.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and training university and is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The University of Kansas offers the highest quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, as well as outstanding libraries, museums and technology. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives.

A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capitol. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less than an hour away.


Job Description
70% Research Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain an active research program that is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career.
  • Visiting faculty members are expected and encouraged to remain current in the research and scholarly literature in their field, and the Department of Mathematics is committed to ensuring that visiting faculty have the opportunity to achieve this. Evidence of such currency is found in an active and productive research program, including scholarly publications and presentations at research conferences, and also in up-to-date course syllabi.

25% Teaching/Advising Responsibilities:
  • Teach two courses (or the equivalent) of either undergraduate or graduate mathematics per academic year. VAP’s are expected to take their teaching responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the VAP must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be cancelled. Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually three hours/week, one day a week. Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferable three different days. The VAP should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours. Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.
  • Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

5% Service Responsibilities:
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities, such as serving on panels, co-organizing workshops/conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals.
  • Visiting faculty members must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom.

COLLEGIALITY: All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct



Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (a) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity included in curriculum vitae, and (c) information provided from four professional references.
  1. Ph.D. or ABD in Mathematics expected by the start date of appointment (August 18, 2018).
  2. Research area in probability as evidenced in application materials.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching in mathematics as evidenced by teaching philosophy statement and/or reference letter on teaching.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by graduate coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants.


Preferred Qualifications
N/A

Additional Candidate Instruction
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/10399BR .
A complete on-line application: C.V., cover letter, research and teaching statements, and the names and contact information for four references. In addition, at least four recommendation letters (teaching ability must be addressed in at least one letter) should be submitted electronically to https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/, position #11340.
Initial review of applications will begin December 31, 2017 and continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.


Contact Information to Applicants
Gloria Prothe
785-864-3651
gprothe@ku.edu


Advertised Salary Range
Competitive with comparable research universities.

Application Review Begins
31-Dec-2017

Anticipated Start Date
18-Aug-2018

Disclaimer
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University's programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at http://www.humanresources.ku.edu/policies_procedures/category_details/index.aspx?category=8 or you may contact 785-864-4946 or employ@ku.edu for alternate access options.  Any  inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY