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Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


Job no: 706124
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Statistics & Probability 10032798
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
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Ast Prof/Asc Prof/Prof - Fixed Term

Position SummaryThe successful candidate will work with multi-disciplinary teams to develop, coordinate, and teach data science courses for MS students with diverse technical backgrounds, including students who are currently employed in industry. The successful candidate will take a leading role in managing the MSDS. This includes recruiting students into the program, and more generally promoting the program through their own contacts/distribution lists and those of team lead and other team members. It includes discussing with lead instructional team how to help all MSDS program instructors develop high-quality course materials, including ensuring that program instructors have adequate proficiency in synchronous and asynchronous online teaching, and that materials are made available for asynchronous online learning. The successful candidate will also communicate with program instructors to ensure that adequate assessments of student learning outcomes are deployed. The successful candidate will take a leading role, as part of a team, in creating capstone projects for the MSDS. This position will join a large and active group of teaching faculty focused on instructional excellence in the mathematical and computational sciences. The successful candidate will be the primary point of contact for students in the MSDS for all their advising needs, helping them navigate the various elective courses (9 elective credits out of a total of 30 credits). The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the admissions process into the MSDS.


The successful candidate will be expected to devote 50% to 65% of their effort to instruction in the program or related courses, which corresponds to teaching three to four 3-credit courses per year, and the remainder of their effort to administration.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Any field relevant to data science

Minimum Requirements

Instructional excellence at the undergraduate and/or MS level, a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment, and experience with student-centered pedagogical methods.

Desired Qualifications

Some industrial experience in data science is highly desirable. This experience may have been acquired in an industrial setting, in a data scientist role, or in an academic setting, in a collaborative role working with industry partners on data science problems.

Strong candidates will have documented managerial and/or administrative skills in an industrial or academic setting.

Required Application MaterialsAll candidates should submit an application for this position through and refer to posting number 706124.


Candidates should submit:


(1) a letter detailing the applicant’s interest in and fit for the position, including managerial/administrative experience


(2) a curriculum vitae


(3) a separate statement describing the applicant's experience in data science instruction/training and the applicant's plans for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive classroom


(4) provide the names of three references which may be contacted by the search committee, who could be consulted to discuss the applicant's teaching and work in data science, and/or administrative experience


Review of applications will begin on 06/2021, and on a continuing basis until the position is filled. Inquiries are welcome by contacting the search committee chair Professor Frederi Viens through email at


Special Instructions

Candidates only need to submit names and contact info of three references while completing the application. Recommenders may be contacted by the search committee at any phase of the application process. For more information, contact Dr. Frederi Viens, Search Committee Chairperson (

Review of Applications Begins On



Department StatementThe Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University has a long and proud tradition of excellence for world-class research and training for over 65 years.


The Department awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Statistics, and partners with the Department of Mathematics in awarding the bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and partners with the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science in awarding the bachelor’s degree in data science


The Department is home to an internationally renowned faculty with a wide variety of expertise in fundamental and interdisciplinary research, over 100 graduate students, and over 100 undergraduate students from many countries of the world. Graduates of our programs go on to careers in academia, industry and government.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: May 17, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 17, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time



Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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