Tenure Track Position - Pure Mathematics (532855)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Sep 14, 2023
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


Job Summary

The Mathematics Department in the Bailey College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking to fill one full-time, academic year, tenure track position in pure mathematics, with appointment beginning September 16, 2024. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience of the individual selected.

The Bailey College of Science and Mathematics (BCSM) at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community that reflects and serves the population of California. Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. Cal Poly seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. Cal Poly seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The successful candidate will consider teaching strategies that promote student success, especially for students from historically excluded communities. Successful candidates should consider the University’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their approach to teaching, research, and service.

Cal Poly embraces a teacher-scholar model in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, produce scholarship in their field of interest, and provide service to the institution. The selected candidate will consider using creative lecture and laboratory teaching approaches that include current and emerging technologies to enhance student learning and will participate in scholarly practices such as peer-reviewed research, statistical consulting, conference presentations, and grant development that leads to publication. The selected candidate will pursue a systematic program of research and scholarship, curricular improvement, and participation in service activities such as committee service, student advising, and building industry relationships.

Excellence in teaching, an active program in research and scholarship, and departmental service are expected. Successful candidates must be committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education and be comfortable teaching a variety of mathematics courses. The preferred candidate will have potential for supervising undergraduate research projects and master's theses. Candidates whose areas are compatible with or broaden the research activities of the department are encouraged to apply. Special areas of interest include logic, number theory, combinatorics, commutative algebra, graph theory, geometric group theory, field theory, algebraic, differential, fractal, and complex geometry, topology, complex analysis and operator theory, and geometric analysis.

Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; higher ranks will be considered. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
• If appointed at the Assistant Professor rank, the anticipated hiring range is $86,508 - $96,408.
• If appointed at the Associate Professor rank, the anticipated hiring range is $102,648 - $106,740.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language.
  • Must provide evidence of (or potential for) high quality teaching and research with students.
  • Must provide evidence of (or potential for) scholarly productivity.
  • Must provide evidence of (or potential for) promoting diversity and inclusivity in higher education as well as a dedication to the well-being and advancement of students, colleagues, and the department.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.
  • Experience and commitment to excellence in teaching mathematics at the university level.
  • Expertise in pure mathematics in an area compatible with or broadening the research activities of the department.
  • Special areas of interest include logic, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, commutative algebra, geometric group theory, field theory, algebraic, differential, fractal, and complex geometry, topology, complex analysis and operator theory, and geometric analysis.
  • Experience supervising student research and master’s theses.

Special Conditions

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offere d positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California. At Cal Poly, tenure-line faculty are expected to establish an on-campus presence.

About the Department

The Cal Poly Mathematics Department has approximately 32 permanent faculty, 22 full-time and part-time lecturers, 10 graduate teaching associates, 2 administrative staff, and 275 math majors. The department has an active research culture and offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate level courses with an average class size of under 35 students. To learn more, please visit our website at https://math.calpoly.edu/.

About the University

Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only six comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 22,000 undergraduates, 120 postbaccalaureate, and 700 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 30 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically-focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 36 master's degrees. Currently operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn-by-Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs. Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 49,000, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities, and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, and extraordinarily temperate climate.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must attach the following documents:
Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae (CV) Teaching Statement - The teaching statement provides an opportunity for candidates to articulate their teaching philosophy, approach, and goals. Research Plan - The research plan provides an opportunity to outline your proposed research agenda and demonstrate your expertise and potential as a researcher in the field of pure mathematics. Diversity Statement - The diversity statement is a way for applicants for a tenure-track position to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in teaching, scholarship and service. It should display evidence of the ability to promote and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Please consider using the following questions to prepare the diversity statement. What pedagogical practices would you use to foster an inclusive learning environment for our student population? Activities may include curriculum, pedagogy, or climate, and teaching that occurs outside the classroom setting. In what ways have your experiences shaped your perspectives, behaviors, or actions about or towards others, and what did you learn from these experiences? Unofficial transcript from institution awarding highest degree.
These documents are not accepted in hard copy format. When completing the online faculty application, please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses. Official transcripts are required prior to appointment.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023. Complete applications received after that date may be considered. For questions, please contact Dr. Benjamin Richert at brichert@calpoly.edu .

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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