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.
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.
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.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 https://www.niu.edu/at-a-glance/vision-mission-values.pdf
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.
Essential Duties and 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 http://www.niu.edu/academicaffairs/appm/II20.shtml
Minimum Required Qualifications
- A PhD or equivalent in Mathematical Sciences;
- Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with rank of associate or full professor.
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Ability to direct, support, and enhance the many missions of the department including its academic programs at all levels from general education courses to its doctoral program.
- Holding the rank of Full Professor or having the qualifications to be promoted to Full Professor at the time of appointment;
- Outstanding academic, administrative and leadership experience;
- Extensive experience in teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds;
- A track record of external funding;
- Research specialization that complements departmental strengths.