Assistant Professor - Mathematics - #000917

Employer
Western Carolina University
Location
Cullowhee, NC

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Engineering & Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:

FAC493P

Quick Link for Internal Postings:

https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/17880

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Working Title:

Assistant Professor - Mathematics - #000917

Department:

Mathematics & Computer Science

Position Summary:

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Western Carolina University is inviting applications for a 9-month tenure-track position in Mathematics with the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2022.

Demonstrated dedication to undergraduate education, scholarship, and service is expected. Preference will be given to applicants who have teaching, research, or other professional experience directly related to mathematics teaching and learning at the post-secondary or secondary level. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applications received before December 11th, 2021 will receive full consideration.

About the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at WCU:
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has 18 tenure-line faculty and supports undergraduate programs in mathematics, mathematics education, and computer science. The mathematics program has concentrations in actuarial science, applied mathematics, data science, mathematics education and traditional mathematics. The Department is home to the North Carolina Network of Math Teachers’ Circles and is actively seeking external funding to enhance pre-service teacher recruitment. The typical teaching load is 3-3. Class enrollments range from 40 in freshman level courses to the teens for upper-level courses. Mathematics Education faculty also supervise interns in secondary public-school settings. Students are actively engaged in undergraduate research, contests, and extracurricular activities. More information about the department is available at: https://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/science-and-math/mathcsdept/index.aspx

About the Region:Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 12,000-student regional comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system. As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, WCU attracts students from around the globe for its nationally ranked programs, affordability through NC Promise and exceptional student support. Recognized as a top adventure college and surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, students can explore the region’s vast natural diversity through unrivaled experiential learning and recreational activities.

WCU offers 120 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, midway between Charlotte and Atlanta. WCU is 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, a city with vibrant art, entertainment, food, and culture scenes, and only 20 miles west of Waynesville, NC, the largest town in Western North Carolina. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities with WCU recently being voted the Top Adventure College in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

Commitment to Diversity/Equity:All departments within the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University, including the department of Mathematics and Computer Science, are committed to attracting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. We value our faculty’s and staff’s unique identities and varied experiences. As a college community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace. Faculty and staff engage positivity-focused perspectives as allies and collaborators where potential for impactful change and movement toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity are goals. Racial and ethnic minoritized individuals, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, Mathematics, Statistics, or a closely related mathematical field by the date of appointment. A Master’s Degree in Mathematics or its equivalent is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who have teaching, research, or other professional experience directly related to mathematics teaching and learning at the post-secondary or secondary level.

Position Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Number of Months Per Year:

9

Open Date:

11/09/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. NO HARD COPY APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED. NO EMAIL APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Inquiries may be addressed to Nathan Borchelt, Chair of the Search Committee, at 828-227-2484 or [email protected]

Required materials:

  1. A cover letter which briefly addresses the candidate’s interest in the position. This should include specific information on how the candidate meets the stated qualifications. Cover letter should also include a statement regarding your teaching experience (at the post-secondary and/or secondary level).
  2. A curriculum vita.
  3. Graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the review stage).
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy.
  5. A statement of research interests or other scholarly activities with a description of future goals.
  6. A list of at least three (maximum of four) professional references with complete contact information.

Background/E-Verify:

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.

AA/EOE:

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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About Us

Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:

Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.

Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.

We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.wcu.edu/

Awards

Western Carolina University (WCU) has been honored in multiple areas demonstrating our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and our community.  Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O’Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards – to name a few.  WCU has been named a Top Green College by Princeton Review, is among the Top 5 for Undergraduate Research in the nation, and has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best College Value.  Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named WCU the Number 1 Outdoor Adventure College for three years running.  The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy recipient, having led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade.  WCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 12 Best Online Programs for the Military as well as #27 among institutions in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Faculty and Staff are honored annually with a broad range of Teaching, Scholarship and service honors.  For more information, please visit our website at http://www.wcu.edu/

Benefits

Western Carolina University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a choice between two retirement programs, both of which provide a valuable retirement benefit, as well as optional retirement savings opportunities. Employees also benefit from a generous leave program. For more information please visit our benefits page at UNC Benefits

Diversity and Inclusion

Western Carolina University has a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse employees who bring to our campus varied perspective and cultural understanding. Our Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of excellence at WCU. Among public universities, our institution leads the region in student body diversity, and our diversity metrics are growing.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission (who we are):

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities. 

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles (what guides and inspires us):

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning

Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities

Free and Open Interchange of Ideas

Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational and Environmental Sustainability

Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision Statement (who we want to be):

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

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