Assistant Professor - Mathematics and Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Mathematics and Computer Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2021. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a closely related field by Fall 2021. The department is also searching for a tenure-track position in Computer Science at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates who are interested in both positions must apply for each position separately.
We seek candidates with a strong commitment to improving access to mathematics and computer science for students across Davidson’s increasingly diverse student body, enthusiasm for teaching all levels of undergraduate students, and a research program with the potential to engage both mathematics majors and computer science majors. Excellence in classroom teaching, grounded in inclusive pedagogy, and a research agenda in which undergraduate students can participate are essential. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise at the intersection of mathematics and computer science who would expand our departmental expertise, such as computational mathematics, combinatorial optimization, statistics, numerical analysis, theoretical computer science, programming languages, mathematical logic, formal languages, and algorithms, among others.
Davidson is an undergraduate-only institution, boasting small class sizes and individual student-faculty interaction, and is consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges. Faculty teach four courses in the first year and five courses per year thereafter; the department plans course schedules collaboratively and often finds opportunities to reduce workload through repeated courses or the teaching of multiple sections of the same course in one semester. Many of our faculty members teach special topics or independent study courses that support their research and help recruit summer research students. Our curricula in mathematics and computer science are flexible for students, and adaptable to faculty interests and expertise. We expect the successful candidate to contribute to current course offerings in both mathematics and computer science, and develop one or more new courses that bring an integrative perspective to the two disciplines. The department encourages faculty to develop and teach courses with an emphasis on social justice, including those that satisfy the College’s Justice, Equality, and Community requirement. Several department faculty have received course releases from the ongoing FIRST program to develop or redesign courses to enhance inclusivity. We value engagement with students with diverse backgrounds and interests, and coordinate interdisciplinary minors in data science, genomics, and applied mathematics.
Our faculty are active scholars; several have received external funding (including a recent NSF CAREER award), collaborate with partners at R1 institutions and national research laboratories, and serve on international conference program committees. We have active research collaborations with colleagues in physics, psychology, biology, political science and educational studies. Students are actively engaged in research; some have published, presented, and received awards for their work. There is generous funding for student research, with additional opportunities at the Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship .
We value faculty engagement with the professional and wider community. Three of our faculty members have leadership roles in the Mathematical Association of America, and we are active in SIAM, the National Museum of Mathematics, the Charlotte Mathematics Club and the Charlotte Math Teachers circle. Davidson students and faculty have supplied analytics support for numerous college and professional sports programs, and built web applications for other campus offices and programs and the College Crisis Initiative.
Applications must be submitted online at https://employment.davidson.edu, including a cover letter addressing professional interests and aspirations and how they might be accomplished at Davidson, a diversity statement addressing potential to contribute to our commitment to equity and anti-racism, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, (unofficial) graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references. Reference submission instructions will be sent to email addresses provided by the applicant. At least one reference letter must specifically and substantially address the applicant's teaching.
Applications completed by November 4, 2020 will receive full consideration.
Davidson College is a highly selective, residential, four-year liberal arts college, located 20 miles from Charlotte, NC that is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson faculty members enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and outstanding facilities. A collegial, respectful atmosphere honors academic achievement and integrity, upholds educational excellence, encourages student-faculty collaborative research, and prioritizes inclusive pedagogy.
At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origin.
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