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Assistant Professor in Differential Equations/Mathematical Modeling

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Date posted
Nov 28, 2023

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Job Summary

The Mathematics Department at Illinois State University is seeking applications for one tenure-track position in Differential Equations or Mathematical Modeling to begin August 16, 2024. This position will work closely with faculty in Mathematics to support the Department’s expected service role to the new College of Engineering at Illinois State University. Candidates with outstanding research potential in any area of differential equations and mathematical modeling are encouraged to apply.

Duties include teaching courses for major and general departmental programs (typically two courses per semester), research, and service. Refereed research publications, quality teaching, and professional involvement and service are required for promotion and tenure. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of courses and show a strong commitment to quality teaching. In addition, they will be regularly engaged in the Engineering Calculus curriculum, through teaching and ongoing curricular development.

The Mathematics Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community, please visit Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply.

Additional Information

The Mathematics Department is in the College of Arts and Sciences and has over 30 tenure-track lines. It offers Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in mathematics and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics education. Within the bachelor's program (about 300 majors), there are sequences in actuarial science, data science and computational mathematics, mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, and a 5-year accelerated BS/MS program in mathematics. The Master’s program serves approximately 60 students and offers specializations in actuarial science, biomathematics, mathematics education, pure and computational mathematics, and statistics. The department also provides numerous service and general education mathematics courses.
The Mathematics Department has diverse research groups in Actuarial Science, Algebra, Biomathematics, Data Science and Computational Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Statistics. See our web page at for more information.

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Required Qualifications

1) Applicants need to have, or anticipate having, a conferred Ph.D. degree in Mathematics by August 16, 2024.
2) State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in English as a requirement for this position.

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Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) A letter of application
2) Research statement
3) Teaching statement
4) Vita
5) Contact information for three professional references (including one focused on teaching) who can provide recommendation letters when requested

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applications will begin after January 4, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Differential Equations/Mathematical Modeling Search Committee
Illinois State University, Mathematics Department
Campus Box 4520
Normal, IL 61790-4520
Fax: (309) 438-5866
Phone No: (309) 438-8781


Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 174 undergraduate majors, 97 master’s programs, 17 doctoral degrees, and 40 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.

Illinois State University is in the Central Illinois community of Bloomington and Normal, with a combined population of approximately 132,000, and conveniently located approximately two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. The community is home to GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, State Farm Insurance International Headquarters, Rivian Motors, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Please visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website at and Bloomington-Normal Advantage as for more information.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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