Assistant Teaching Professor-Calculus
The Assistant Teaching Professor (non-tenure track) will teach calculus courses and will work with the mathematics department administration and faculty to develop and implement changes in the calculus and precalculus curricular and delivery. These courses have an enrollment of around 2,500 students per year. The Assistant Teaching Professor (with the other calculus coordinators) will also coordinate the calculus courses and services for calculus students, and will train and supervise graduate teaching assistants. This position will be appointed for a limited term through May 15, 2024 with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.
The Department of Mathematics has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A broad range of programs is possible including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, control theory, dynamical systems, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, stochastic analysis/control, partial differential equations, set theory, and topology. The department has a long tradition of excellence. The first Ph.D. granted west of the Mississippi was in mathematics at KU in the year 1895. Since then, the graduate program has been a central part of the department’s research and teaching. Historic Snow Hall, which houses the department, contains state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture spaces, computer labs, and other facilities.
The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system. KU’s many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world. An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capitol. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less then an hour away.
Teaching/Advising – 80%
Your classroom teaching assignment will be the following: Six courses per academic year. Specific course assignments and locations are at the discretion of the chairperson or director of your department or program, in consultation with you. You are expected to have established, posted office hours of at least two hours per week and be available to meet with students by appointment.
Coordinates two courses among Math 115, 125, 126, and 127 and teaches a section or a large section for each of the two coordinated courses per semester (fall and spring sessions) and participates in curriculum development efforts.
Develops and updates syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, test questions, tests, and web- based material. Participates in regular meetings of departmental instructors and staff meetings as needed. Implements the use of technology in the teaching of courses. Sets the test dates for the Gateway exam and schedule for help room.
Holds regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
Manages the department’s teaching equipment, teaching materials, and supervises the GTAs responsible for discussion sections (or coordinates the unit’s GTA supervision program, as appropriate).
Adheres to department, College and university policies and procedures.
Collaborates with the department’s administration and faculty to develop and implement curriculum changes. This includes partnering with faculty members to teach and implement mechanisms for improving student learning, engagement, and retention in large introductory courses.
Supports the development of teaching excellence in other faculty and GTAs.
Compiles yearly assessment reports on the calculus program. Participates in long-term studies of the calculus courses.
Research – 10%
Research efforts will contribute to the mission of the Department of Mathematics primarily in the areas of course development and pedagogy, through presentations at professional conferences and publication of works in books, articles, abstracts, or other scholarly works such as the online publication of new active-learning materials in online formats.
Areas of focus for publications and presentations may include but are not limited to the scholarship of assessment and curriculum design, the development of new undergraduate laboratories/research opportunities and/or new teaching methods, supervision and evaluation of undergraduate research in the professor’s area of research expertise, methods to enhance online course resources outside of class time and use of active learning activities to maximize concept mastery during face-to-face class and laboratory/discussion time, development of programs, workshops and training guidelines that feature research-based instructional practices (included but not limited to inquiry and discovery based instruction, student centered instruction, peer-mentoring, and the integration of technology into the classroom).
Service – 10%
Member of the department’s undergraduate committees, and other committees as appropriate.
Participates in appropriate professional activities.
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.
Ph.D. degree in Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences. Include a copy of your transcript, if the degree has been obtained in the past 5 years.
Record of excellence in teaching college-level mathematics.
Demonstrated excellent organizational and leadership skills.
Demonstrated ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Contact Information to Applicants
Additional Candidate Instruction
For a complete announcement and to apply on-line, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/19145BR. A complete on-line application includes: C.V.; cover letter; teaching statement; the names and contact information for three references; and three reference letters emailed to https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Only completed applications will be considered. Review of applications begins on June 22, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is collected.