Specialist - Teacher, College of Natural Science

East Lansing, MI
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Posting Number: 4674

Internal Posting Date: 12-21-2016

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 02-15-2017

Job Title: Specialist - Teacher

Position Title/Rank:

Multiple Position Numbers: Live Posting # 4674, Shadow Posting #'s 4675, 4676

Multiple Position Numbers: Yes

Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Natural Science

Primary Department: 10032798 STATISTICS & PROBABILITY

Position Employee Group: Continuing System Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Academic Year, 9 month

Appointment Status: Continuing System Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Position Summary: The Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for up to three continuing teaching specialists with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2017.

Successful candidates will work with multi-disciplinary teams to develop, coordinate, and teach statistics courses for undergraduate students, will help to develop and deploy assessments of student learning outcomes, will mentor and supervise graduate assistants and instructors, and will join a large and active group of teaching faculty focused on excellence in service course instruction in the mathematical sciences. Depending on candidate expertise and interests, advising students in the growing undergraduate major in Statistics may also be part of the position, and the course and program-development portion of an assignment may be substantial.

MSU is embarking on a multi-year initiative to improve student-learning and success in gateway courses in the mathematical sciences, including courses in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics and Probability. This exciting initiative, in which the Statistics and Probability Department is a central player, draws on characteristics unique to MSU, including strong commitments from the mathematical sciences actors and their allies across campus, including the faculty and students in the top-ranked Program in Mathematics Education. Successful candidates for this search will be central to this work and will have the opportunity to provide leadership in curriculum development and pedagogy.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Candidates must have a Master's or PhD degree in statistics, mathematics, or a related field, demonstrated instructional excellence in introductory statistics, and knowledge of or experience with student-centered pedagogical methods.

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Desired Qualifications: While the positions do not carry an expectation of research, any past experience in the scholarship of statistics education can be stated in the letter of application, or can be the subject of a separate optional statement. The absence of such a statement will not negatively impact an application.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
Learning Philosophy

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Number of Reference Letters Required: 3

Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates should submit a letter of application explaining the applicant's interest in and fit for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement describing the applicant's teaching philosophy and experience in statistics teaching, and three letters of reference addressing the applicant's teaching.

Department Website Address: https://stt.msu.edu/

Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Vincent Melfi/Associate Professor/melfi@msu.edu

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Web Address for Posting: jobs.msu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=69635

Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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