Human Resources

Department Chair, Mathematical Sciences

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Department: Mathematical Sciences
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Academic Administrator, Mathematics, Sciences

Internal posting to MTU employees only.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of department chair. We seek an established scholar and motivated leader committed to innovative research and scholarship, effective teaching methods, and professional excellence to promote and oversee our dynamic interdisciplinary department. Successful applicants will demonstrate high achievement in teaching, research, and service; a strong record of organizational management; experience managing external research funding; experience developing and/or evaluating curricula; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. A PhD in Mathematics, Statistics or a related field is required. Full and Associate Professors at Michigan Tech may apply.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Essential Duties:
• Provide leadership in achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service
• Promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Department and the curriculum
• Recruit, develop, and retain a strong departmental faculty and staff through active mentoring, conducting performance reviews, and making recommendations on reappointment, tenure, and promotion
• Advance the strategic plans of the Department in alignment with those of the College and University
• Manage the department’s resources (financial, personnel, space, and equipment) effectively to achieve long and short-term goals
• Convey the views of department faculty, staff and students to upper administration
• Advocate for departmental interests with administrators, alumni, and potential funders
• Promote a culture of safety and continuous improvement

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

A PhD in Mathematics, Statistics or a related field is required

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Full or Associate Professor
• Leadership in graduate and/or undergraduate program administration and/or curriculum development

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Demonstrated experience in interdisciplinary programs or scholarship
• Experience working effectively within a structure of shared governance
• Successful record in acquiring and managing external research funding
• Experience in educational program development, both face-to-face and online

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Candidates must articulate how their areas of specialization and professional experience will enhance the research and teaching strengths of the Department of Mathematical Sciences
• Demonstrated excellence in their field of research
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching
• Strong communication skills

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Experience managing organizational budgets
• Alumni relations and fundraising
• Student recruitment
• Apply a range of strategies to motivate and reward faculty and staff
• Have a record of delegating work appropriately and equitably

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

11 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

The review of applications will commence on April 19, 2021. The Committee will give full consideration to applications received by that date. Interested candidates should complete the online application and upload required materials (as one document) to include: (1) a letter of interest, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) a statement of leadership philosophy, (4) a statement that describes the applicant’s past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, and (5) names and contact information for three references. You can find out more about this position, including where to submit your materials electronically at:

Additional Information

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has 35 faculty members with interests in probability, statistics, computational mathematics, combinatorics, algebra, and number theory. It offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in both Mathematics and Statistics. The department enrolls about 120 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students (including online and on-campus students). The department is in the process of building upon a thriving online MS program in Applied Statistics which has a current enrollment of 64 students. It also plays a key role in the university's interdisciplinary programs in Data Science and in Computational Science and Engineering.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Applications from women, blacks, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals.

We are an ADVANCE Institution having thrice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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