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Department Chair Position in Mathematics Announced at University of Alabama

University of Alabama, Posted: September 12, 2022


The University of Alabama seeks an outstanding individual at the rank of Full Professor for the position of Chair of the Department of Mathematics. Associate Professors who will have the qualifications to be promoted to Full Professor at the time of appointment are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will

  1. possess a national/international reputation, with an active research program and a track record of external funding;
  2. have an outstanding record of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and
  3. have the vision and proven leadership abilities to advance the department within an R1 designated university.

They should have an understanding and enthusiasm for both the teaching and research missions of the department and preferably have administrative experience. The department values collective decision making and transparency in administrative processes and expects the future chair to respect and continue these norms.

The Department of Mathematics consists of 28 tenure system faculty, 19 renewable contract faculty, and 4 postdoc scholars. The faculty have been awarded numerous individual grants, including one member recently obtaining an NSF CAREER award. The department has active research programs in algebra, analysis, data science, fluid dynamics, image processing, mathematical biology, mathematics education, materials science, optimization, partial differential equations, scientific computing, statistics, stochastic processes, and topology. The applicant’s area of expertise should complement one or more of these programs.

The department offers programs that lead to PhD, MA, and BS degrees in mathematics, and participates in a joint PhD program in applied mathematics with the other two campuses in the UA system. The department has 48 graduate students, about 350 undergraduate math major students, and administers the Mathematics Technology Learning Center (MTLC), which aids students in lower division mathematics through differential equations.

The University of Alabama is the flagship campus of a three-campus system and is categorized as R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With approximately 38,000 students, UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a city of approximately 100,000 in population and about an hour from the large population center of Birmingham, AL. The community enjoys a vibrant restaurant and event scene.

Applicants should apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/51243. A complete application should include a letter of application; a curriculum vita; a statement of administrative and leadership experience and philosophy; a statement of research experience and plans; a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; and a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, applicants should list three references with complete contact information. References will be requested for those who are being considered for an initial zoom interview. The review of applications will start on November 1, 2022, and will be ongoing. New applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. The position is scheduled to start on August 16, 2023, or as negotiated.

For further questions or information, please contact the chairperson of the search committee, Dr. Shibin Dai, at sdai4@ua.edu.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the links below to find out more.

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