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Visiting Assistant Professor in Algebra
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
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Date Posted November 06, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled



Position Overview
The University of Kansas seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in Algebra.  This appointment is a non-tenure track, limited term appointment for three academic years through May 16, 2023 (272 days), subject to satisfactory performance.  The faculty member will participate in the teaching mission of the Mathematics Department, which includes courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; conduct research in algebra leading to publication in appropriate media and to external funding as appropriate; and engage in department, College, University, and national service.  Ph.D. or ABD, is expected by the start date of appointment.  The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position. 

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 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 training university and is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.  The University of Kansas offers the highest quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, as well as outstanding libraries, museums and technology.  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 capital.  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 than an hour away.

Job Description
50% Research
Develop and maintain an active research program that is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. 

40% Teaching/Advising
Teach up to six credit hours (or the equivalent) of either undergraduate or graduate mathematics per semester. They are expected to take their teaching responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the VAP must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be cancelled. Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually 3 hours/week, one day a week. Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferable three different days. The VAP should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours. Adhere to departmental, college and university policies. 

10% Service
Participate in appropriate professional activities, such as serving on panels, co-organizing workshops/conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals. 

Collegiality:  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 areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications
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. or ABD in Mathematics expected by the start date of appointment (August 18, 2020)

  • Research area in algebra.

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching in mathematics as evidenced by teaching philosophy statement and/or reference letter on teaching.

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by graduate coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants.

Contact Information to Applicants
Gloria Prothe

Additional Candidate Instruction
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete on-line application includes: C.V., cover letter, research and teaching statements, and the names and contact information for four references.  In addition, at least four recommendation letters (teaching ability must be addressed in at least one letter) should be submitted electronically to, position #15931BR.

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 questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.

  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.

Initial review of applications will begin December 2, 2019 and continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. 

Application Review Begins: 02-Dec-2019

Anticipated Start Date: 18-Aug-2020

Conditions of Employment
Limited Term

Position Number: 00002882

Work Location: University of Kansas - Lawrence

FTE: 1.0

Reg/Temp: Regular

Limited Term End Date

Advertised Salary Range: Competitive with comparable research universities.

Employee Class: F-Faculty

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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