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Professor and Department Head - Applied Mathematics and Statistics

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Academic Affairs, Applied Mathematics & Statistics


Position Title:

Department Head and Professor - Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

The Opportunity:

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a tenured, full professor to serve as Department Head. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics, statistics or a related field and possess an exemplary record in research, teaching, and professional service. Critical for this role are leadership skills that can inspire and motivate academic faculty and staff, effective interpersonal communication, and an ability to organize and manage many diverse tasks and projects. Administrative experience and evidence of effective management of personnel and budgets is also highly desirable. Successful candidates will have demonstrated that they adhere to high ethical standards, operate in a transparent and collegial way, and be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department. Mines has an unconditional commitment to respecting and increasing diversity among our students, faculty, and staff and thus a successful candidate will also display this core value of our university. Experience in teaching and working in an academic environment is essential, however, experience working in and with industry is also valued.

The Department Head will be responsible for leading an integrated faculty of mathematicians and statisticians to increase the volume and impact of their research, for enhancing the computational mathematics, statistics and data science graduate programs through recruiting and retaining talented students, and for promoting excellence in instruction in the Department degree programs and service courses. The Department Head’s leadership and new directions should be aligned within the Mines strategic university plan (Mines@150) and emphasize society’s major challenges related to earth, energy, environment, and sustainability. Successful candidates will also share the Mines goals of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and leaders, and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research and will evidence a passion for advancing the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

For further information about the position or the Department vision, please contact Prof. Paul Sava (search chair) at


Successful candidates will work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to:

  1. provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen its research and teaching and to enhance collaboration with other programs across campus;
  2. oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development;
  3. promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, particularly in the areas of research program development and educational innovation;
  4. facilitate a world-class environment for research in the Department that includes substantive collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies;
  5. administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities of academic and adjunct faculty;
  6. represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to relevant public and private organizations;
  7. oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students;
  8. lead fundraising for Departmental activities and administration; and
  9. teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a research program that has international recognition.
Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a Doctorate in mathematics, statistics, or related discipline. Full Professor rank or in process of promotion to Full Professor. Substantive experience working in an academic environment that includes teaching, scholarship, and service. Recognition at a national and international level for this professional activity. Significant administrative experience with evidence of effective leadership and supervision of staff and/or faculty and management of budgets. Experience collaborating in interdisciplinary academic and professional contexts. A strong record of advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and skill in working with diverse populations of faculty, students, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience balancing teaching, research, and administrative duties, specific experience with prioritizing tasks and goals within a multi-faceted department or organization. Experience mentoring junior faculty, including faculty and/or employee development and growth.

About Mines and The Department:

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, at the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. Mines was ranked the No. 4 best engineering college in the United States by Money Magazine in 2020. Mines’ location in the Denver/Boulder metropolitan area provides opportunities for collaborations with colleagues at other universities, in industry and at multiple government labs such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Golden, or the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder.   Annual research funding is approximately $65 million. The school's small size makes it easy for AMS faculty to form collaborations with faculty in geosciences and other disciplines on campus. The AMS Department offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees in both Computational and Applied Mathematics and in Statistics. 

The AMS Department strives to be internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching in applied mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics, and at the interface of these fields. As an applied department, we also focus on the applications of mathematical and statistical techniques to problems in engineering, science and society. Our faculty research is collaborative, often externally funded, and addresses substantive problems in science and engineering across Mines and with external partners while also developing new methods, theory, and algorithms motivated by these applications. As such, our faculty have strong ties to many of the national labs or medical institutions along the Front Range. To fulfill our mission to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, our faculty aim to provide students with rigorous training including proficiency in mathematical and statistical foundations; flexibility to work at the interface of mathematics and statistics; computational skills necessary for success in industry, national laboratories, or academia; and the ability to contribute as a member of an interdisciplinary team. The Department actively promotes a supportive and inclusive working environment that fosters intellectual growth, curiosity, and interdisciplinary research.

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community has a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access, which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family-friendly policies, expanding pathways for success, and ensuring shared responsibility (  

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit  

More information can be found at and

Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range:

Mines is offering total annual compensation range of $173,748-$200,480. 
($130,000-$150,000 base, DH incentive $14,444-$16,667; summer pay $29,304-$33,813)

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2021. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

The application must include: 

  1. a curriculum vitae,  
  2. a vision statement (2pg), 
  3. a statement of research (3 pg),  
  4. a statement of teaching (1pg),  
  5. a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (1 pg), and
  6. a cover letter expressing interest in the position. 

Vision Statement: Candidates should submit a 2-page statement on their short and long term vision and objectives for the department. For more about the University vision of Mines visit

Research Statement: Candidates should describe how their research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to Mines’ goals (e.g., earth, energy and environment), and current or future connections to industry and/or opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (For more information visit and  

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to high quality, hands-on and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education. 

Contributions to D&I: Candidates should submit a one-page statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines. 

Please contact Kathleen Feighny, Human Resources, with any questions.

Background Investigation Required: Yes
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

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