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Associate Professor, Statistics

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Engineering & Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Description Summary

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Wake Forest University invites applications for the open position of Associate Professor of Statistics and Graduate Program Director for our M.S. Statistics program. This appointment will be within the newly approved Department of Statistical Sciences, which inaugurates on July 1, 2022.

Job Description:

We seek candidates with a commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, a desire to mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, and a commitment to enhance the breadth, depth, and diversity of our statistics programs. We strive for inclusivity and seek applicants with demonstrated success or interest in working with diverse populations. The position is open to candidates across all areas of statistics. A Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics or a related area is required. The teaching load is two courses per semester (or equivalent). The Graduate Program Director is expected to teach a graduate colloquium course which will count towards this teaching load as a half course per year.

The M.S. in Statistics program is expected to begin on July 1, 2022, after completing its transition from a track within the current M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics. Presently, the two-year program graduates six to ten statistics Master’s students per year, most of whom have assistantships. The program provides close personal attention and opportunities for mentored research. We are particularly interested in candidates who seek to maximize the value of a smaller, personalized Master’s degree program. The expectation is that the successful candidate for this position will lead the Master’s program for several consecutive years and continue as a faculty member in the department thereafter.

Additional Job Description

The department has nine permanent faculty members in statistics, and is hiring three more this year (this position, as well as two new positions at the Assistant Professor level). Research interests of existing faculty include the areas of actuarial science, applied probability, Bayesian methods, biostatistics, causal inference, data science, environmental statistics, functional data analysis, machine learning, networks, neural networks, record linkage, sequential analysis, spatio-temporal models, and statistical education. Statistics programs within the department include both a B.A. and a B.S. in Mathematical Statistics, a B.S. in Mathematical Business, and an M.S. with a track in Mathematical Statistics. More information can be found at

Applications should be submitted at A complete application will include a detailed letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a graduate transcript, a research statement, and a teaching statement that includes evidence of teaching excellence. The letter of application should clearly describe why the teaching and research environment at Wake Forest University is a good fit for the candidate’s professional goals, why the candidate is interested in leading a small, personalized Master’s program, and why the candidate would be an effective leader within a new Department of Statistical Sciences. Candidates who advance beyond the initial round will be asked to arrange for at least three confidential letters of recommendation which should address the scholarship, teaching, and leadership qualities of the candidate.

The initial review of applications will begin on November 15; however, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Any questions or concerns about the position should be addressed to search committee chair Rob Erhardt ( Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Wake Forest University requires proof of full vaccination with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine for all positions posted on or after September 13, 2021. Wake Forest University requires that you provide satisfactory proof of full vaccination status to Human Resources within three days of your hire date. You must also maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status, as classified by the CDC, during your employment at Wake Forest University.

Consistent with federal, state and local law, Wake Forest University will consider accommodations for disability- and religious-based reasons unless providing an accommodation would result in an undue hardship to the University.

If you seek an accommodation from the vaccination requirement for disability- or religious-based reasons, you should contact Human Resources.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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