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Chair, Applied Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Chair beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. The department is vibrant and diverse and has experienced significant growth in faculty size, research funding, student enrollment, and credit-hour production over the past decade.  Active leadership is desired to manage continued growth, address resource allocation issues, and to increase ties to areas outside of academia. The candidate must have proven records of leadership in academic settings, strong research and publications, significant external funding, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to teach mathematical science courses at all levels.

With a very diverse student body of nearly 8000, IIT is a private research university with programs in engineering, science, humanities, psychology, architecture, business, design, and law. IIT is located in a city-park like campus in the heart of the city of Chicago. Payscale ranked IIT 40th in the United States as a university for graduates' 20-year Return-On-Investment in 2016.

Education and Experience


  • PhD in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Statistics;
  • Current academic rank of tenured full professor (or equivalent non-US rank);
  • Leadership experience applicable to an administrative position in an institution of higher education; 
  • A distinguished record of research and of teaching.


  • Experience as a Department Chair at a PhD-granting institution;
  • Experience working with federal granting agencies.

Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT

The Department of Applied Mathematics is the only mathematical sciences department at IIT.  However, mathematics has a rich history at IIT, with distinguished faculty members and alumni including Karl Menger, Lester Ford, George Birkhoff, and Samuel Karlin.  Over the last 10 years, Applied Mathematics has grown and improved through:

  • An approximately doubled total of yearly research award dollars;
  • Enrollment increases of 60% of undergraduate and a quintupling of graduate majors;
  • Three new graduate Masters programs, in Data Science, Computational Decision Science and Operations Research, and professional Masters programs in Applied Math and Mathematical Finance;
  • Reaching 10,000 student-credit-hours of instruction per year.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Chair of the Department of Mathematics is the face of the department within the college, university, community, and profession.

The Chair is expected to provide leadership by overseeing strategic planning at various levels, and instructional planning along with the Associate Chairs; and leading collaborative grants such as NSF-supported traineeships. The Chair shall evaluate faculty for tenure and promotion decisions, as well as provide mentoring to individual faculty. The Chair is expected to promote the department's visibility, and to lead outreach and fundraising efforts. Additional duties include overseeing curriculum and program development, resource allocation, and instructional and administrative staffing; and conducting reviewing, reporting, and decision-making supporting the department's role within IIT.


To apply, please submit the following through

  1. A cover letter expressing your interest in the position and highlighting your academic achievements;
  2. Your current curriculum vitae;
  3. Succinct teaching and research statements.

At least three confidential reference letters (one addressing leadership ability) should also be submitted through MathJobs. Questions regarding this position may be addressed to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics,, (312) 567-8980.

The position will be open until filled, but complete applications received by December 1, 2016 will have full consideration.

IIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity within its community. It actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans and other underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.


Senior Lecturer in Statistics

The Department of Applied Mathematics in the College of Sciences at Illinois Institute of Technology invites applications for a non-tenure-track Senior Lecturer position to begin in the fall semester of 2017. We aim to appoint a colleague who can teach statistics well and assist in the continuing development of our professional masters programs.

Our department conducts a vigorous research program and offers degrees ranging from BS to PhD.  Our graduate program includes several masters programs designed to better prepare students for careers that require advanced quantitative skills (

  • Master of Applied Mathematics,
  • Master of Data Science,
  • Master of Mathematical Finance, and
  • Master of Science in Computational Decision Sciences and Operations Research.

Most of these are offered in partnership with other academic units.

We seek individuals who are committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and education, with particular expertise in statistics or data science. This position, beginning in August 2017, will initially be a two-year appointment, with the possibility for renewal based on performance and budgetary considerations.  The teaching load for senior lecturers is three courses (typically two preparations) per semester.  Departmental and university service is also required.  Teaching relief will be granted for substantial contribution to the promotion of our programs to prospective students and employers.

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in Statistics (or related area) by August 15, 2017, and to present evidence of excellence in teaching and expertise in the practice of statistics. The optimal candidate should also demonstrate the potential to build industrial partnerships so as to enrich the practical value of the programs and enhance students’ career prospects. 

The Department of Applied Mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has a dual mission of excellence in teaching and research.  With a very diverse student body of over 7,000, IIT is a private, PhD-granting university with programs in engineering, science, psychology, architecture, business, design and law.  IIT is located in a city-park like campus designed by the influential 20th-century architect Mies van der Rohe in the heart of the vibrant city of Chicago.  Further information about IIT and the Department of Applied Mathematics can be found at, and information about the department's programs can be found at

Applications should be made online at, and should include a cover letter, the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and at least two confidential letters of recommendation commenting on the applicant’s teaching expertise.  We especially encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.  IIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applications will be reviewed as received and until the position is filled.  To receive full consideration, please apply by January 15, 2017.  Inquiries may be made to the department chair, Fred J. Hickernell,, (312) 567-8983.

Part Time

From time to time we hire part-time faculty to teach a couple of courses per semester. If you are interested in being considered, please send your CV and cover letter stating your interest and availability to:

Department of Applied Mathematics
E1 Building Room 208
10 West 32nd St.
Chicago, IL 60616.

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