Assistant Professor of Mathematics - Mathematics Education

Saint Paul, Ramsey County
Aug 21, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a tenure-track position in Mathematics at the rank of assistant professor, to begin in September 2015. 


The University of St. Thomas is a liberal arts institution that values excellence in teaching and research.  The 20-member Department of Mathematics ( offers bachelor's degree programs with concentrations in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and mathematics education, and offers interdisciplinary degree programs in statistics and actuarial science. Department faculty are active in a wide variety of research areas with an established record of engaging undergraduates both in and out of the classroom.  We encourage candidates to visit our website,, to learn more about our department.  The department is host to the Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM), an endowed center whose primary mission is to promote applied mathematics to undergraduate students. The CAM provides support, such as summer stipends and travel allowances, for faculty and undergraduates who collaborate on research projects in a variety of areas, and is expanding efforts to establish connections with local industry and business.  


The successful candidate is expected to teach a variety of undergraduate courses housed in the Department of Mathematics and responsibilities will include teaching mathematics content classes for prospective K-12 teachers.  These course descriptions (Math 100, Math 121, Math 259, Math 325, Math 450) can be found at  The standard teaching load for this position is 3 courses per semester.  


The successful candidate is expected to contribute to our mathematical community in part by maintaining an active research agenda. All areas of research will be considered, and it is preferred that this agenda include work with undergraduate students.  Other duties include advising students and engaging in service activities.



Applications must include (1) a cover letter and curriculum vitae, (2) a statement (up to two pages) detailing teaching experience and teaching philosophy, (3) a statement (up to three pages), in a language understandable to a broad range of Ph.D. mathematicians, outlining current and future research and a plan to engage undergraduate students, (4) an unofficial copy of graduate transcripts, (5)  further evidence of potential to enhance the strengths of our department, and (6) three letters of recommendation, at least one of which specifically addresses teaching. 


Examples of (5) might be an innovative module developed for teaching a course, a course-related website, or a collaborative scholarly effort involving undergraduate students.  Candidates should indicate in their cover letter if they plan to attend the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio.


Applicants must submit items (1) through (5) online at  There are upload fields for (1) through (4). Please submit item (5) as Additional Document 1.  


Arrange for the three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to  Do not upload recommendation letters as part of your application at the UST site.


The preferred format for all application documents is PDF.  


Any questions regarding the position should be sent to the search committee chair Patrick Van Fleet (


To ensure full consideration for the position, all application materials should be received by November 15, 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled.



Applicants must have or be near completion of a Ph.D. in mathematics, mathematics education or a closely related field. ABDs nearing completion of the Ph.D. will be considered, with the initial appointment to be made at the rank of instructor.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and show strong potential for productive research/scholarly activities. 


Candidates with experience or interest in mathematics education are preferred.  


Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university.  Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.


Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action.  In that spirit, the University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse applicant pool.