Term Instructor/ Term Assistant Professor (MEGL Outreach Director)

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Apr 23, 2022
Apr 13, 2023
Full Time
Term Assistant Professor (MEGL Outreach Director): The George Mason University Department of Mathematical Sciences invites applications for a renewable 1-year position at the rank of Term Assistant Professor, to begin in August 2022, with the possibility of paid training during Summer 2022.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Mason Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.George Mason University, located outside of Washington, D.C., is the largest public university in Virginia, and has grown rapidly in the past 20 years to serve the needs of its majority-minority population.About the Department:The Mathematical Sciences Department (http://math.gmu.edu/) offers undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. programs in pure, applied, and computational mathematics. High-level research across a variety of disciplines is strengthened through collaborations with local government/industry partners and nearby universities. High-quality teaching and community engagement is achieved through innovative strategies including extensive outreach work, active learning, hands-on undergraduate research, and graduate internships; with a high success rate among both undergraduate and graduate students.The Mason Experimental Geometry Lab (MEGL, https://megl.science.gmu.edu/) is a research and outreach program within the Department of Mathematics. The research branch of MEGL engages undergraduate and graduate students in semester-long faculty-led projects focused on visualization and computation, reaching approximately 24 students across 6 projects each semester. The outreach branch of MEGL engages the community through small-group activities at nearby schools, reaching approximately 1000 students through 30 events each semester.Responsibilities:The position is formally a Term Assistant Professorship, a full-time teaching position. The MEGL Outreach Director devotes 50% effort to teaching 2 courses per semester and 50% effort to outreach tasks:Learning, scheduling, and conducting existing outreach activities, aiming each semester to conduct 30 activities reaching 1,000 students;Coordinating the outreach team, consisting of 1 graduate assistant, 2 paid undergraduate assistants, and occasional volunteer assistants;Maintaining the outreach network, currently consisting of 260 schools, libraries, and other venues in the Northern Virginia region;As time permits, developing new material, including new activities or follow-up materials.Required Qualifications:Master's degree in mathematics, or equivalent coursework;Hold a Ph.D. degree in mathematics or a closely-related field, or expect to receive one by Summer 2023; (A successful candidate who does not complete their PhD by Summer 2022 will be hired as an Instructor, and promoted to Term Assistant Professor upon completion of their PhD based upon evaluation of performance over total period of service);Excitement to share mathematics with others via fun, hands-on activities;Enthusiasm for serving a diverse student body and outreach network;Demonstrated strong administrative and organizational skills;Experience delivering outreach content in mathematics;Mathematics teaching experience at the university level.Preferred Qualifications (not strictly required):Experience developing mathematical outreach activities;Experience in K-12 mathematics curriculum and pedagogy;Experience in group-based teaching methods;Research and leadership experience at a lab in the Geometry Labs United network.For more information, visit us on the web at https://math.gmu.edu/. For more information about the College of Science, visit us on the web at https://cos.gmu.edu/.

For more information about the position, email the MEGL Director Anton Lukyanenko at alukyane@gmu.edu, or the Department of Mathematics at math@gmu.edu.For full consideration applications must be received by May 5, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and at least 2 letters of recommendation, one of which discusses teaching. Letters specifically addressing this position's unique requirements are particularly welcome.Note to applicants regarding letters of recommendation: If letters of recommendation (LORs) are not available at the time of application, upload a blank Microsoft Word document with text stating that the LORs will be mailed to the address below. The applicant system will not let the application proceed without the required document uploads. Correspondence may be e-mailed to math@gmu.edu or sent by mail to: Search Committee Term Assistant Professor (MEGL Outreach Director)Department of Mathematics SciencesExploratory Hall, Room 4400Mail Stop 3F2George Mason UniversityFairfax, VA 22030

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