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Head and Professor - Department of Mathematics

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Closing date
Mar 21, 2023

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Science, Mathematics and Statistics
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Head and Professor - Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Oregon State Universityinvites applications for a Department Head, with an accompanyingappointment as tenured Professor. The incumbent will hold twoappointments, a 0.75 FTE professional faculty position and a 0.25FTE tenured Professor position, reflecting job duties in both theadministrative and academic arenas during the academicyear.

In addition, the leadership responsibilities of the Department Headposition continue during the summer months and these are accountedfor through a separate summer appointment. The Head reports to theDean of the College of Science. The Head is an integral part of theCollege Leadership Team (CLT) working closely with the Dean toadvance the mission of the College, develop strategy andparticipate in decisions impacting the finances and budget of thedepartment.

The Department of Mathematics is one of seven units in the Collegeof Science at Oregon State University. Mathematics is aresearch-active department committed to providing equitable accessto quality learning and career development at all levels, devotedto creating and promoting knowledge in mathematics and preparingall students with mathematical literacy to succeed in today'sworld. The department has 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 28Instructors. The department is engaged in interdisciplinary andfundamental research in theoretical and applied mathematics.Current research areas include actuarial science and financialmathematics, algebra and number theory, analysis, computational andapplied mathematics, geometry, mathematics education, numericalanalysis, partial differential equations, probability, topology,and mathematical biology.

The department enrolls approximately 253 majors and offers a BSdegree in mathematics with four different options in applied andcomputational mathematics, mathematical biology, statistics andsecondary teaching emphasis. The department offers a minor inmathematics and in actuarial science. The graduate program leads tothe MA, MS, and PhD degrees in mathematics and includesapproximately 58 graduate students. The mathematics departmentoffers a variety of lower division undergraduate courses throughour Ecampus, ranging from elementary algebra to probability andvector calculus.

The Department Head is responsible for the management andleadership of the department's teaching, research, and outreach andservice functions. The Head is expected to provide effectiveacademic leadership, strategic vision and to remain active inteaching and research. The Department Head will integrate, advocateand advance equity & inclusive excellence within all aspects oftheir work in the College of Science. They will continuously refinethe department's mission, vision and values to align with theCollege of Science and Oregon State University.

The Head will collaborate with the mathematics faculty and staff inleading the development and implementation of the strategic anddiversity plans of the department and in connecting strategy toresources and budget to maintain and improve the fiscal health ofthe department. The Head will provide leadership for faculty in thedevelopment of policies and programs to improve student recruitment& success and address opportunity gaps for Pell-eligible, FirstGeneration students, Students of Color, students from low incomebackgrounds and students from other underrepresented communities inSTEM. Specific duties are to oversee budgetary, hiring and salarydecisions, communicate vision and mission of the department to thecollege and university, set policy for the department, authorizeproposal submissions for department mission, oversee completion ofregular reporting required by the college and university, enhancediversity, foster collaborations across departments and colleges;engage community stakeholders as appropriate (e.g. engaging withalumni), and help with fundraising for the department, college anduniversity.

The Head proactively fosters a cohesive and collaborativeenvironment with Mathematics faculty (tenured/tenure track,instructors) and supports staff and students. For additionalinformation, see the Department of Mathematics webpage at

The College of Science has seven departments across themathematical, physical and biological sciences: Biochemistry andBiophysics, Chemistry, Integrative Biology, Mathematics,Microbiology, Physics and Statistics. The College of Sciencesupports approximately 3,379 undergraduate students and 449graduate students (including dual majors) within nineundergraduate, eight M.S. and seven Ph.D. degree programs.

The College of Science's Strategic Plan 2022-2027 ( sets strategic priorities for the college. Our mission is todevelop the next generation of leaders, mentors, educators andculture shapers to advance scientific discovery and scienceliteracy for addressing local, regional and global challenges toprovide solutions that improve the human condition. We envision adiverse community of science leaders driven to collaborate,innovate and discover. Through scientific discovery and solutions,accessible and equitable education, and improved science literacy,we work to improve life for the people of Oregon and beyond.

We seek faculty leaders committed to undergraduate and graduatestudent success who have evidence of the following: educating andmentoring a diverse group of learners; leadership experience instudent success initiatives including those designed to improveoutcomes for Students of Color, First Generation students, studentsfrom low income backgrounds and other underrepresented communitiesin STEM; and supporting faculty & staff from underrepresentedcommunities in STEM.

To support society's scientific challenges, we are invested indiscovery driven science and applied and transdisciplinaryresearch. Our diverse research portfolio includes federally fundedresearch centers and core facilities, and scientific expertise insignature areas of: biohealth and biomedical sciences, genomics andbioinformatics, sustainable materials research, climate, marine andcoastal sciences, quantitative, computational and data sciences,and science education research. The college is committed topartnering with industry and public agencies to address some of themost compelling challenges of today and tomorrow. The College ofScience supports three of the university's world-class researchcenters, namely the Linus Pauling Institute, the Pacific NorthwestCenter for Translational Environmental Health Research, and theCenter for Quantitative Life Sciences. In addition, the college hastwo new centers: the Genetic Code Expansion For All (GCE4ALL) NIHCenter and the Physics Frontiers Center funded by the NSF.

The College of Science is deeply committed to upholding the valuesof anti-racism, diversity, justice and equity - cornerstones ofinstitutional and scientific excellence. Through our richcollection of people, ideas and perspectives, we engage in ahealthy, constructive dialogue to learn, inform our research andmake discoveries. Our Diversity Action Plan ( informs our work to ensure all have equitable access to succeedin science, work to dismantle systems of oppression, embed equityin everything we do and create a climate of trust, understandingand inclusion.

Oregon State is an international public university with the mostresearch funding of any of the public universities in Oregon.Oregon State is in a select group of only 28 universities in theUnited States and its territories to earn the community engagementclassification in 2020 and also hold a "very high researchactivity" classification, both from the Carnegie Foundation for theAdvancement of Teaching. We draw people from all 50 states and morethan 100 countries. We are 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grantuniversities in the U.S. We have 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12experiment stations, Extension programs in all 36 counties, andnearly 200 degree programs. For the ninth consecutive year, OregonState University has been recognized for the excellent quality ofits online degree programs with a top-10 national ranking from U.S. News & World Reports.

OSU has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, inclusiveexcellence and community ( We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverseworkforce and student body that includes members of historicallyunderrepresented communities. We strive to build and sustain awelcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU providesleadership opportunities for people interested in promoting andenhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community.All employees are responsible for helping to maintain and enhanceOSU's collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equityand equal opportunity. All faculty are also expected to becollegial members of their units, and to perform appropriateservice that contributes to the effectiveness of their departments,colleges, the University, and of their professions.

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