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The College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University, located in the Charlotte, NC metropolitan area, is seeking applications from qualified, dynamic individuals for the position of Chair of the Department of Mathematics. Winthrop University and the Department of Mathematics have a rich history in preparing teachers for the K-12 classroom and are known regionally for excellence in such programs. The department has a growing program for undergraduate research and collaborates regularly with departments across the University through scholarly, teaching, and service programs. The ideal candidate will support enthusiastic and engaged faculty and students in ways that continue to promote the rich history in teacher preparation while developing programs and opportunities that allow for broader explorations in mathematics and expanded engagement at regional and national levels.
The successful candidate should hold a PhD in mathematics, statistics, or mathematics education with an area of specialization complementing those of the department faculty. Winthrop University is a comprehensive public university with a tradition of preparing students for a variety of post-baccalaureate work. The Department of Mathematics: (a) has two undergraduate options for degrees in mathematics; (b) houses the program for mathematics certification in grades 9 through 12; (c) provides both theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics courses for a variety of audiences; and (d) offers additional courses for every program on campus.
Candidates should show (a) evidence of college-level teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, (b) commitment to undergraduate student intellectual development, (c) evidence of effective scholarship and service consistent with a senior faculty rank, and (d) evidence of significant and successful administrative experience and leadership skills. The successful candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively with students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, will have exceptional interpersonal skills, and will maintain strong professional ethics.
Responsibilities of this position include actively encouraging and promoting—through example and mentoring—excellent student intellectual development, scholarly activity, professional stewardship, and academic responsibility within the department. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to develop and coordinate departmental curriculum, undergraduate research programs, and assessment activities; represent the department throughout the university; and articulate departmental goals to the administration. The Chair of the Department of Mathematics supports recruitment of undergraduate majors and departmental faculty and staff while fostering cooperative efforts with other departments and programs across the university. The individual chosen for this position will serve as chief fiscal officer for the department; evaluate and mentor department faculty and staff; and contribute to the creative and intellectual atmosphere of the department and university.
Applications for the 10.5-month, tenure-track position (senior rank) should include a letter of application expressing interest and qualifications and a current curriculum vitae. Further statements clearly articulating the individual’s teaching and mentoring philosophy, administrative philosophy, and plans for maintaining active scholarly explorations must be included. Candidates should include documentation of effectiveness in undergraduate student intellectual development (such as teaching evaluations, awards, commendations, and products from undergraduate research) and successful administrative experience and written references from at least three persons who can attest to the candidate’s teaching, research, and administrative expertise. Page 1 of the Winthrop University application packet (available for download from www.winthrop.edu/hr) should be completed and uploaded into the MathJobs.com site. Page two questions have been included as optional questions within the application system and will not be made available to the hiring committee until after the evaluation process is complete. Finally, transcripts documenting all graduate coursework and degrees must be scanned into the application system and official transcripts (sent directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) will be required at the time an interview is offered.
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