Assistant Professor of the Practice in Quantitative Analysis

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Position Details

Wesleyan University’s Quantitative Analysis Center invites applications for an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Quantitative Analysis beginning July 1, 2021 for an initial three-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal based on performance, budget, and continued need.

The Assistant Professor of the Practice will be responsible for teaching and development of data analysis/data science courses, for consulting with faculty interested in incorporating data analysis work in their courses, and for scholarly activities. The person in this position will engage in diverse collaborations with academic departments, programs, and individual faculty across the university to promote data analysis work.

The Assistant Professor of the Practice will contribute to the further development of the Center’s co-curricular programs, the scientific computing and informatics program, and our data science related initiatives. In addition to teaching existing courses, the person in this position is expected to collaborate in the development of new courses that serve the curricular needs of several academic departments/programs (including graduate programs) and facilitate the development of quantitative reasoning and data analysis work across the curriculum. Courses will have a strong applied component using current computing tools and methods. Courses may include online components in addition to face-to-face instruction.

The person in this position will also demonstrate strong organizational, communication, time, and project management skills, and will work with people of varying levels of expertise and comfort with data analysis. In addition to teaching and/or co-teaching five courses or course sections per year in data analysis and statistical computing, additional responsibilities will require to a) consult/work with faculty to integrate data analysis in course work and advise faculty and students on appropriate data analysis methods; b) Organize professional development opportunities; c) Collaborate on grant writing, and development of consortia and externally funded projects; d)Participation on campus committees and working groups and performing related duties as assigned that may occasionally involve work evenings and weekends .

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computational social sciences or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor of the Practice; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor of the Practice if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the computational social sciences or related field within one year of hire.

Special Instructions To Applicants

You will be required to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statements of teaching philosophy/approach and teaching interests. As part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your experience teaching in higher educations, related industry and training experience, understanding of the impact that the current digital and computational technologies have on scholarly communications, as well as University life and processes, and your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double- check the accuracy of the email addresses and phone numbers of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most up-to-date contact information for each one). After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter or reference for you.

Additional Information

Position will remain open until filled. Please contact Manolis Kaparakis (860-685-3795) if you have questions about the application process.

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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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