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Emily Peek Wallace ‘72 Director- School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Emily Peek Wallace ‘72 Director- School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Sep 15, 2023

Clemson University invites applications and nominations for the Emily Peek Wallace ‘72 Director of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. The individual who holds this leadership position will serve as the executive officer of the School and report directly to the Dean of the College of Science. Candidates are expected to merit the rank of professor with tenure, have an internationally recognized record of scholarship, and possess significant leadership experience.

The School seeks a director excited to provide leadership with shared governance in areas of (1) developing a strategic vision, goals, and implementation plan for the School that aligns with Clemson Elevate (Clemson University's strategic plan) and Accelerate Science (College of Science's strategic plan); (2) recruiting, developing, and retaining outstanding faculty, postdocs, doctoral students, and staff; (3) expanding external research funding; (4) increasing student success and closing success gaps in gateway courses; (5) strengthening inclusive excellence; (6) enhancing existing academic programs and developing new relevant programs and/or degrees; and (7) establishing strategic industry partnerships. Additionally, the Director will serve on the College's senior leadership team.

The Director is expected to demonstrate outstanding fiscal acumen in both strategic allocation of existing resources and expanding entrepreneurial revenues. The Director will work together with the Dean and the Director of Development to cultivate external support to advance the school. 

About the School:

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences harnesses faculty expertise across the areas of algebra and discrete mathematics, analysis, computational mathematics, operations research, mathematical statistics and probability, and applied statistics and data science to advance the University's discovery mission and provide strong educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School offers B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in mathematical sciences in addition to recent new programs including an online M.S. in data science and analytics in partnership with the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business, and a B.S. in data science that is expected in 2024 in partnership with the School of Computing.

The faculty have achieved national recognition in a number of areas from pure and applied research to program and classroom innovation. The School is housed in the College of Science and is home to 101 full-time faculty organized in three divisions (Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, and Mathematics and Statistics Education), 6 staff, 100 graduate students, and 200 undergraduate students. The School offers ~62k student credit hours annually and has an operating budget of $14M. Competitive external funding for FY22 was $2M. The leadership team in the School includes three division leads, two associate directors, and two assistant directors. The unique breadth of the School strengthens our excellence in discovery, learning, and engagement.

For more information about the School and its programs, please visit the website linked here

For more information and the College of Science’s strategic plan, please visit the website linked here.

For more information about Clemson, please visit the website linked here

For more information and Clemson’s strategic plan, please visit the website linked here.


Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate in applied mathematics, data and decision science, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or a related field and have a demonstrated international reputation for excellence in research. Additionally, candidates should hold the rank of professor at the time of appointment or demonstrate a professional appointment consistent with appointment to professor with tenure in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. It is expected that candidates will have secured significant federally competitive funding and have an awareness of the federal grant landscape including NSF, NIH, DOD, and others.

The ideal candidate for this role will have a strong record of strategic vision, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to strengthening the University’s mission of discovery, learning, and engagement at a public R-1 institution.  Strong candidates will have experience proactively supporting and engaging multidisciplinary and diverse teams as well as effectively managing and engaging multiple internal and external stakeholder groups.  

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by 11/1/23. Review will continue until the position is filled. For inquiries please contact: the search committee chair, Dr. Svetlana Poznanovik or the Vice President of Parker Executive Search Porsha Williams

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio.

(1)     Cover Letter aligning the candidate’s experience and vision with this position.

(2)     Curriculum Vitae

(3)     List of five references (references will not be contacted until the final stages of the interview process)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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