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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure- track position at the rank of assistant professor starting Fall 2014. We seek applications from applied mathematicians whose research interests touch on both the pure and applied aspects of their specialization. Areas that would particularly complement current faculty expertise include, but are not limited to, stochastic processes, dynamical systems, and spatial models. The Mathematics Department strongly encourages a rich interplay between theoretical mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. Applicants should thus submit cover letters that directly address their experience with the interplay of theory and application in both their research and teaching.

Bowdoin is building an environment in which students and faculty from across the disciplines can employ computational approaches to enrich their work. We welcome applications from candidates who can contribute to this effort. Bowdoin values a strong commitment to research and a promise of successful scholarly engagement as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. The regular teaching load is two courses per semester, generally one calculus or introductory level course and one intermediate or advanced course. Ph.D. preferred, advanced ABDs considered.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit MathJobs.org to submit a cover letter, AMS application cover sheet, resume, statement of research and/or professional activity plans, statement on teaching philosophy, and at least three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin December 9, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. We expect to participate in the Mathematical Sciences Employment Center at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore in January 2014.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you plan to attend the Joint Meetings.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, its intimate size, strong sense of community, commitment to diversity (31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students), and treasured links with the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine. Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.

Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching. We also recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.

Searles Science Building - Bowdoin CollegeBowdoin is two blocks from downtown Brunswick, in the stunningly beautiful region of Southern Midcoast Maine, 30 minutes drive from the city of Portland.  Downtown Brunswick has classic New England charm, featuring restaurants, local businesses, a year-round farmers market, etc.  See also Maine as a Living Classroom in Bowdoin's Campus Life section.

To get a sense of the unusually good research support at Bowdoin, check out the the internal funding section of Bowdoin’s Faculty and Academic Staff page. The Grants Office (CFR) is extremely efficient and helpful when seeking external funding. The Human Resources page is also very informative, especially the Benefits page.  For IT teaching and research support see For Faculty on the IT site.

Department Atmosphere

These quotes, taken from the 2009 External Review of the Bowdoin Mathematics Department  capture the unusually positive and collegial atmosphere within the department.

It is important to set out by mentioning emphatically that the department of mathematics at Bowdoin College---blessed by strong students, a well-qualified and devoted faculty, and good physical resources---enjoys a position of considerable strength…

… First, we want to praise the department for its collegiality and for its good disposition to work with one another. For example, whereas faculty in far too many other colleges have constructed artificial divides between pure and applied mathematics (and/or between mathematics and statistics) ... the mathematics faculty at Bowdoin have correctly construed these sub-disciplines as complementary threads of the same fabric and have put together a balanced curriculum that affords better opportunities for Bowdoin students. This curriculum favorably distinguishes the department from many of its peers. A notable example of the willingness to work together within and across departments is the ongoing development of the aforementioned program in biomathematics. It has spawned a number of collaborative research projects involving members of several other departments and it is bound in the short term to afford educational opportunities to Bowdoin students in a scientific area of burgeoning importance…

…We wish to offer praise to the mathematics department for upholding a pedagogical philosophy that espouses a small core of essential principles (that instructors must engage students and ensure they become active agents, and that computer technology used with skill enhances the classroom experience) and at the same time respects and promotes a diversity of personal styles and preferences. An inspection of the course syllabi provided confirms the thoughtfulness and care most instructors in the department exercise in the conduct of their courses.