Asst/Assoc Prof - Director of Consulting

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Asst/Assoc Prof - Director of Consulting


Statistics IANR-0832

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Description of Work:

The Director of (Statistical) Consulting will contribute to the integrated research and teaching land-grant Mission of the Statistics Department and IANR, as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

The main task of the successful applicant will be to manage the Statistical Cross-disciplinary Collaboration and Consulting Lab or SC3L also known as the (Statistical) Help Desk. The Help Desk is staffed by qualified PhD students. The Director chooses the PhD students in conjunction with the Department Chair. The Help desk receives project requests from IANR and other UNL researchers, including faculty at research and extension centers. The Director normally assigns projects to an appropriate PhD student who is overseen as needed by the Director. The Director also accept projects that s/he deems too difficult for the PhD students but are important to complete. In the process of providing consulting services to researchers, the Director trains PhD students in Statistics to function as independent consultants, teaches researchers outside of statistics how to use statistical support effectively in their work, and builds long term collaborations within IANR and across UNL. To this end the Director of Consulting frequently serves on thesis committees in the Statistics Department and other IANR and UNL Departments. The Director may also invite the participation of other faculty in projects if their expertise is relevant. The Help Desk is also expected to accept external clients as appropriate.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Statistics are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.

The Director is a key leadership role for statistical analysis at UNL. The primary research contribution of the Director of Consulting is leading the Help Desk and serving its clients. This includes management of the help desk and project management. The research component of this position also includes collaborative or consultative research where the contribution of the statistical analysis to the overall research problem is clear and essential. The Director may also conduct research projects on his/her own, including in the scholarship of consulting, consistent with leading the Help Desk.

The Director of Consulting will normally teach the equivalent of three standard courses at the undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level. In particular, the Director will normally teach courses on statistical consulting and collaboration; other teaching assignments will be appropriate to the Director’s expertise and other duties. In addition, the incumbent will participate in program and curriculum improvement. Specific course and other teaching-related assignments may vary over time based on Department priorities.

The successful applicant will be integrated within existing research groups; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research and educational programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of the incumbent’s programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and, mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in statistics, data science, computer science, engineering, or closely related field.
  • Experience with consulting or applications.
  • Computational proficiency.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Teaching experience at the university level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in statistics or data science in a field of importance to IANR.
  • Evidence of ability and interest in modern analysis techniques and data types.
  • Experience managing a shared resource, core, or similar group.
  • Interest in working with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see for guidance in writing this statement).
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Rachel Szelag
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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