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Assistant Professor of Statistics/Data Science Non-Tenure Track
Truman State University

Date Posted Oct. 1, 2020
Title Assistant Professor of Statistics/Data Science Non-Tenure Track
University Truman State University
Kirksville, MO, United States
Department School of Science and Mathematics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Statistics & Actuarial Science
Position: The School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University is seeking applicants for a non-tenure-track position in Statistics and/or Data Science to begin August 2021. The position is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is a one-year, full-time appointment on an 11-month contract with annual renewal depending on performance, departmental needs, and funding.

Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate statistics and graduate data science classes offered by the Department of Statistics and perform other duties as assigned.

Location: Remote option. Qualified applicants may request to work from their home location.

Required Qualifications: A doctoral degree in statistics, data science, data analytics, computer science, or a closely related field, with substantial coursework or teaching experience in statistics and/or data science by August 2021.

Candidates will be evaluated on:
  • academic qualifications as listed above,
  • demonstrated potential for and evidence of excellence in teaching college-level statistics and data science,
  • evidence of strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills,
  • experience with modern statistical software (including R, Python, and Hadoop/Spark),
  • ability to teach multiple graduate courses taught within the professional data science program (including Big Data Management, Machine Learning, Big Data Ethics and Security, and program prerequisites),
  • ability to teach multiple undergraduate statistics courses taught within the statistics program (including Basic Statistics and Data Science), and
  • desire and ability to support Truman’s liberal arts mission, including how statistics and data science students consider communication, ethics, and broader impact on society.

Salary: Truman offers a benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, and partial reimbursement for moving expenses.

Program: The Department of Statistics at Truman State University is starting a new Professional Masters Degree in Data Science and Analytic Storytelling, in addition to a graduate certificate in data science, and an undergraduate statistics major with concentrations in classical statistics and data science. The department has 10 full-time faculty members with a variety of specialties who support our programs and campus-wide needs with over 50 sections of undergraduate statistics and 16 sections of graduate data science courses annually. We also offer an undergraduate Statistics Minor and actively support an Actuarial Science minor and other interdisciplinary areas. More information about the department can be found at

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at Application materials may also be submitted to or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; statement of teaching philosophy; current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.
Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Department of Statistics Chair,

  • Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

    Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or

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  • Hyun-Joo Kim
    Truman State University
    100 E. Normal
    Kirksville, MO 63501
  • 660-785-4693


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