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Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science

Kennesaw State University

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Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science

Job ID: 221729
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Department Information
The Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences houses the nationally recognized Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Analytics as well as the undergraduate Minor in Applied Statistics and Analytics. The department also supports the Ph.D. program in Analytics and Data Science, one of the first programs of its kind in the country. The faculty hold terminal degrees in Statistics, Biostatistics, Decision Sciences, Educational Psychology, Industrial Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics Teaching and Learning and embody a highly interdisciplinary collaborative culture. This talented group of faculty brings their practical experience into the classroom every day.

Job Summary
Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science faculty position in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences that begins in August 2021.

The candidate will be expected to teach a broad range of courses in applied statistics and data science at the undergraduate and graduate levels (specific courses may include, but are not limited to, time series, six sigma, applied categorical data analysis, and experimental design). The candidate will also be expected to engage in scholarly research, pursue external funding to support their research, and potentially participate in applied consulting project-based work. Contribution to service activities within the department, college, university, Analytics and Data Science Institute, and professional community is also an expectation.

Required Qualifications
Qualified applicants will: 1) have earned a Ph.D. from an accredited university, or its foreign equivalent, in Statistics, Analytics and Data Science, or a closely related discipline; 2) demonstrate effective teaching in their area of expertise; 3) be proficient in at least one analytical programming language (e.g., SAS, R, Python, or other similar); and 4) have strong communication skills with a diverse audience of academics and practitioners.

Preferred Qualifications
Ideal candidates will mentor undergraduate and graduate students in a research context and serve on dissertation committees. Candidates will be expected to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment with students and faculty from across the university as well as with collaborative partners from outside of the university.

Candidates with a broad range of research interests are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be familiar with the research agenda of the university, which can be found at A record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated ability to work effectively in an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative academic setting is essential.

Required Documents to Attach
Applicants must provide:
    a curriculum vitae; a cover letter; unofficial transcripts; a statement of teaching philosophy; a statement of proposed research; names and contact information for three professional references.

Official transcripts are due upon hire. Please be aware that references from the application will be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Apply Before Date
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, evaluation of candidates will begin on January 4, 2020.

Contact Information
For questions about this faculty position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Gita Taasoobshirazi, [email protected].

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at [email protected]. For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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