Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18019
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Stacie Rath

Classification Title
Working Title Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Brief Position Overview

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Mathematics Education at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2018.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4A3069
Department Mathematical Sciences
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Academic Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Mathematics Education at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2018. The mathematics education faculty group at MSU maintains a strong commitment to conducting research in K-12 mathematics education, teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate mathematics and mathematics education courses, and strengthening K-12 mathematics education through professional development and outreach at the state and national levels. We seek a talented and dynamic mathematics educator whose professional interests and vision complement this range of activity and whose own research program embraces mathematics education at the K-12 or collegiate level. Regardless of research interests, a successful candidate must be committed to supporting MSU’s teacher preparation and graduate programs as well as K-12 mathematics teachers across Montana and beyond.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a tenure-track faculty member at a research institution, a successful candidate must be able to balance the demands of teaching and advising students, conducting a research program that results in publication in high-quality venues, and seeking external funding for research and projects. The normal teaching duties are two courses each semester. The candidate will also serve on master’s and doctoral committees; contribute regularly to teaching graduate courses in the summer (with additional compensation); deliver graduate courses via online learning as needed; and participate in departmental and university service activities.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Doctorate in Mathematics Education or in Mathematics with a research program focused on mathematics education upon start date
  2. Master’s degree in Mathematics or the equivalent (with appropriate coursework in applied or theoretical mathematics)
  3. Evidence of research potential in an area that supports K-16 mathematics education
  4. Evidence of effectiveness in teaching
  5. Ability to teach mathematics content courses for prospective and practicing secondary teachers
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Experience working with pre-service or in-service teacher programs
  2. Demonstrated or potential ability to secure external funding
  3. Teaching experience at the secondary or high school level
  4. Experience using distance education technologies
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Actively contribute to the MSU mathematics education group’s commitment to provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising. This position includes teaching mathematics content courses appropriate for prospective and practicing high school teachers. In addition, all mathematics education faculty teach summer graduate courses on a rotating basis (with additional compensation) and online graduate courses throughout the year.
  • Initiate and engage in mathematics education research that focuses on K-16 mathematics education and complements the current faculty group’s ongoing research.
  • Possess effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with MSU faculty and students, Montana’s teachers and public schools, and other K-16 educational stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Demonstrate interest and potential to collaborate in outreach and professional development with the goal of strengthening K-16 mathematics education in Montana.
  • Exhibit willingness to work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds including Montana’s Native American citizens.
  • Be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

MSU offers resources to seek partner accommodation. Dual career professional partners are encouraged to apply.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is recognized as a leading department in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. Bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates in all of these areas are following successful careers in industry, government, and academia. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 80 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, we offer outstanding educational opportunities in an area of exquisitely beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation. Our department has a multifaceted role on campus and in Montana. We have the largest instructional component on campus, delivering about 10% of the total student credit hours. We offer a B.S. in Mathematics with options in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics teaching, and statistics; an M.S. in Mathematics with options in Mathematics and Mathematics Education; an M.S. in Statistics; a Ph.D. in Mathematics with emphases in Mathematics and Mathematics Education; and a Ph.D. in Statistics with emphases in Statistics and Statistics Education. The mathematics education option for the M.S. in Mathematics is an online program.

Mathematics education faculty are active in both qualitative and quantitative experimental research areas. These include teacher preparation, coaching and professional development for in-service teachers, mathematical modeling in schools, and online learning. Statistics faculty are engaged in a broad range of theoretical and applied research topics, with much of the statistical research directed toward practical problems. Mathematics faculty focus on related topics in theoretical and applied mathematics, and research programs are often applied to problems in science and engineering.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematical sciences, and social sciences. Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry.

L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date August 2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Applications must be submitted online. Click on the “Apply for this Job” tab at the top of this page and upload the following:

  1. a letter of application describing how the applicant’s training, expertise, talents and experience qualify the applicant to fulfill the required and preferred qualifications for the position as described; and
  2. a current curriculum vitae; and
  3. a copy of all graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable initially); and
  4. a one-page statement describing research interests and experience.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcript
  4. Research Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Transcript - Additional #1
  2. Transcript - Additional #2
  3. Transcript - Additional #3

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