Lincoln Center Associate or Full Professor
The Department of Mathematics of Fordham University seeks to hire an outstanding mathematician at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, to be based primarily at our Lincoln Center campus and to begin in the fall of 2019.
How to Apply
The formal posting of this position and details on how to apply are available on mathjobs.org.
How we plan to organize our search
We want to encourage applications for our position from as many mathematicians as possible, particularly those who are not actively seeking positions at this time and do not have current letters of reference, which is why our posting asks initially only for a cover letter and CV.
Starting October 15, we will begin to assess all applications and members of our staffing committee will conduct remote interviews with all those who have the qualifications that we seek. Based on this first review, we will develop a list of the most qualified finalists. Finalists will be given the opportunity to provide us with a fuller narrative reviewing their research, teaching and mentoring qualifications and with any other materials that support their candidacies. Since our University Statutes mandate that any offer of a tenured position is conditional on a successful internal tenure review, finalists must also indicate willingness to undergo such a review if nominated. We are highly confident, but cannot be completely certain, that this review will be positive.
The applications of all finalists will then be reviewed and ranked by the full Department. Between Thanksgiving and the end of classes, we will organize campus visits so we can meet our top finalists and they can learn more about Fordham and the Department. Following these visits, we will create a ranked short list and work down it until we we identify a nominee with whom we are able to agree on mutually acceptable terms for joining Fordham.
At this point, we will begin our internal tenure review. The nominee will be asked to select up to three evaluators and we will seek additional independent evaluations, giving the nominee the option of vetoing up to three evaluators. A tenure package consisting of these evaluations together with the nominee's narratives, CV and cover letter will then go through our review process. Longstanding University practice is to announce all tenure decisions on our statutory deadline, May 15, but we expect to be able to inform the nominee and provide a formal contract substantially earlier.
What we offer you and what we are seeking from you
Leadership Following a wave of recent retirements and a few unexpected departures, especially at our Lincoln Center campus, Fordham's Mathematics Department finds itself with a shortage of senior faculty and seeks a new senior member who is able and willing to provide it with leadership over the coming decade. We are seeking someone who can move in to the role of Associate Chair at Lincoln Center, where duties include advising majors and students in our service courses about their programs, mentoring junior faculty and instructors, and scheduling courses and who is interested in the opportunity to move to the Rose Hill campus to serve as Department Chair in the near future.
Research Although we are an undergraduate Department, our tenured and tenure-track faculty all have active research programs and an increasing number are supported by external grants. Our specialties include number theory (arithmetic geometry, modular forms, diophantine equations), algebraic geometry (moduli spaces, geometric invariant theory, symbolic computation, applied algebraic geometry), PDE (biological fluid dynamics, geometry of PDEs), differential geometry (Ricci and other flows, harmonic maps, minimal surfaces, geometry of integrable systems), complex analysis (quasi-conformal mappings, dynamical systems), metric geometry (geometric measure theory), and stochastic analysis (Levy processes, stochastic differential equations, averaging and approximation methods).
In addition, Columbia University, New York University and the City University of New York are all located within 30 minutes of Fordham. Rutgers and Stony Brook can be reached in just under an hour by car or train and Princeton and Yale in just over an hour. We run an Analysis seminar and host less regular talks in other areas. The Department is generally able to arrange teaching schedules to allow faculty to attend seminars and courses in their specialty at these area institutions, and many members of the department actively collaborate with their faculty. Our location also provides our students with unique internship opportunities in mathematical finance and data science.
Fordham supports the research programs of its faculty through Faculty Fellowships under which faculty may qualify—up to one year in every five!—for a semester of leave with full support (or a year with half-support) and through an annual internal grant competition.
Teaching As a Jesuit Catholic university, Fordham's educational mission is centered on a tradition of cura personalis, or respect and care for the entire person. To tailor instruction to this tradition, classes are small (at most 35 students, even in service courses, with fewer students in many courses in the Mathematics major). The normal teaching load is ``3-2'', usually with at most 2 preparations per semester. Our experience is that the number of hours we devote to teaching is comparable to that in most ``2-2'' departments. In addition to the B.S. and B.A. degrees in Mathematics, we offer joint majors in Mathematics and Computer Science and in Mathematics and Economics, and we participate in 5 year programs leading to dual degrees in mathematics and engineering in partnership with Columbia University and Case Western Reserve University.
Mentoring We encourage, but do not require, all our faculty to actively mentor student research both during the academic year and our summer session. In recent years, this research has allowed our students to be chosen for mathematical, medical, financial and information technology internships both nationally and internationally.
About Fordham Fordham's "town" campus, Lincoln Center, is located in midtown Manhattan adjacent to the world-renowned Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and one block from Columbus Circle and Central Park. Fordham's "gown" campus, Rose Hill, is located in the north Bronx, 20 minutes by train from Grand Central, and adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, and the Belmont shopping district, which is the Bronx's ``Little Italy''. Both campuses have undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and in business, with approximately 6000 undergraduates at Rose Hill and 2500 undergraduates at Lincoln Center. Our professional schools are concentrated at Lincoln Center and our Arts and Science graduate programs at Rose Hill. The Mathematics Department operates as a single university-wide unit with faculty having a primary home at one campus, but able to relocate for short periods when they so desire.
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