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Chair Department of Mathematical Sciences Position Announced at Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University, Posted: November 10, 2022

Northern Illinois University invites applications for the position of the Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

This is a full-time tenured position to begin July 1, 2023. We seek a chair that is a strong communicator and will provide strategic, academic, administrative, and visionary leadership to distinguish the department in its research, teaching and service missions. The successful candidate will

  1. have an interest in transforming undergraduate programs to better serve students of diverse backgrounds;
  2. build connections with other disciplines, departments, and institutions to strongly enhance the general education mission of the department;
  3. have the vision and proven leadership abilities to advance the department within an R2 designated university;
  4. have a demonstrated commitment to research; and
  5. have an outstanding record of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Job Responsibilities

In addition to research and teaching obligations, the chair is the spokesperson of the department in all official transactions with department members, as well as with other units of the university, and is responsible for the proper functioning of the department as an instructional, research/artistic, and public-service unit. The duties of this position include: supervising all office staff; being responsible for the department budget and finances; chairing the department advisory committee and personnel committee; being the primary representative of the department for external relationships; overseeing the completion of department reports, evaluations, accreditation reviews, and external requests for information; updating and implementing the department’s strategic plans on an annual basis; and chairing meetings of the faculty. A more detailed description of the responsibilities of this position can be found at

Minimum Required Qualifications

Additional Requirements

Preferred Qualifications


About NIU and the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Northern Illinois University is a research-focused (R2 Carnegie ranking) regional university. Our research active mathematics faculty have a 2+2 teaching load and have opportunities to teach and advise graduate students in our M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The department has active research programs in algebra, pure and applied analysis, mathematical biology, mathematics education, and optimization. Our faculty has a track record of success in obtaining external grant funding.

Diversity is an institutional value of NIU, the 2021 winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. We seek individuals who fully embrace NIU’s mission of providing opportunity to a diverse student body to access high quality education.

NIU is located in DeKalb, IL – a town of 40,000 people that has all necessary infrastructure for comfortable living and provides easy access to the City of Chicago.

Application Procedures

For full consideration, applicants must visit by November 30, 2022 to apply and submit the following materials:

Other related documents may be attached at the candidate’s discretion. Applications received after November 30, 2022, are welcomed but will be considered as needed.

NIU is strongly committed to increasing diversity among its faculty and staff and is particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. We seek faculty who embrace NIU’s mission, vision, and values, as outlined at

Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an AA/EEO employer, NIU considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.