In 2018, Virginia Military Institute launched a new sequence of general education (non-calculus) applied mathematics courses: Math that Matters. In support of these courses, VMI seeks a two-year postdoctoral fellow (2020-2022) to be involved in the program. The ideal candidate is a Ph.D. mathematician, applied mathematician, educational mathematician, statistician, or data scientist who demonstrates an enthusiasm towards undergraduate STEM education. The candidate should have some awareness or knowledge of evidence-based classroom practices and an interest in learning more to further enhance their teaching practice. The position focuses on curriculum design, course leadership, the scholarship of teaching and learning, program assessment, faculty development, and interdisciplinary collaborations in education. They are willing contributors and work well in a team environment, as multiple faculty from a variety of disciplines are involved in this project.
The fellowship also offers professional development funding for conferences, as well as opportunities to gain experience in areas of interest to the fellows, such as writing both research and expository articles for educational journals, grant writing, course improvement, faculty development, institutional assessment of downstream outcomes, leadership of multi-section coordinated courses, and interdisciplinary collaboration. By the end of the fellowship, the fellow should be well positioned to obtain a tenure-track position at an institution seeking to enhance its undergraduate STEM program.
These courses have been designed based on the recommendations of the 2014 Forum of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, SIAM’s 2016 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction of Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME) Report, and the MAA’s 2018 Instructional Practices Guide. Over the next couple of years, we have a rare opportunity to measure the impact of implementing a program in response to these national documents, as the students who have completed these programs begin to encounter quantitative material in their upper-level courses in fields such as biology, business, psychology, and international relations.
Application information: In order to receive full consideration, your application must contain a cover letter that includes a statement addressing how this fellowship aligns with your career goals, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses your pedagogical interests and/or teaching experience. A research statement is not required, but may be included if it addresses educational research interests and/or plans for how you envision modifying your research portfolio to include more educationally focused work.
Letters of recommendation must be mailed to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA 24450
Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis, but those received before 1 November 2019 will be given priority.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply.
About Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Therefore, it is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril. To accomplish this result, Virginia Military Institute shall provide to qualified young men and women undergraduate education of highest quality embracing engineering, science, and the arts conducted in and facilitated by the unique VMI system of military discipline.