Associate Professor – Applied Mathematics

Florida Polytechnic University
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Engineering & Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Associate Professor – Applied Mathematics   

Job Description Summary   

The Department of Applied Mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University seeks candidates for an Associate Professor with broad teaching capacity that supports an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics, an established record of peer-reviewed continuous scholarship, and a strong record of service at the departmental and institutional level.

The Department of Applied Mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University has made substantial changes to its applied mathematics program to include a greater emphasis on computation and to include a 4-course interdisciplinary sequence. The new undergraduate program provides the nexus of Florida Polytechnic University - wide activities in applied mathematics and related disciplines, and close collaborations between applied mathematics faculty and faculty members in other engineering and science departments.

This position is part of a strategic expansion of the department that will add at least two new faculty to the current nine fulltime faculty members within the department. As a part of this faculty expansion, the department will be emphasizing and improving its current teaching mission and strategically enhancing its research presence.

Applicants must provide evidence of highly successful college-level teaching, a strong record of scholarship, and demonstrable impact of their service activities. Faculty at the associate level are expected to participate in external funding efforts, supervise undergraduate students, and to assist in the broader educational mission of the department.   

Job Description   


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or closely related field.


  • PhD. in applied mathematics
  • Breadth of university-level teaching experience
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Leadership roles at the department or university level
  • A strong record of past and continuing scholarship to include refereed publications, conference proceedings, and presentations
  • Success in obtaining external funding for research or other projects
  • Program development in terms of refining and strengthening the major
  • Independent research with undergraduate mathematics majors
  • A broad commitment to and evidence of service within the mathematics community
  • Experience advising and mentoring students and junior faculty members
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity in STEM education.


We seek candidates who can provide leadership and significant contributions to growing our new program in applied mathematics. This will involve the development and instruction of upper division courses, recruitment of students, mentoring and advising for the major, working on capstone projects, development of interdisciplinary course sequences that complement the major, and a focus on career and graduate school opportunities for our students. In addition, top candidates will have a strong interest in forming partnerships with other departments, as well as with local industry, to develop interdisciplinary projects and research opportunities for both faculty and students. As a STEM-only university, Florida Poly necessarily must focus considerable attention on the first- and second-year mathematics courses. We seek candidates willing to push against educational norms to develop exciting and innovative curricula for these courses that enhance the overall educational experience of our students. The successful candidate will be expected to quickly assume a leadership role in the department.


Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and is the twelfth university in the Florida State University System. The University was created as an exclusively STEM-focused public university that offers high-value undergraduate and graduate degrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focus on economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated to preparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, Florida Polytechnic University blends traditional subject matter mastery with problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide students with learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and a career of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses in small class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to faculty experience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and research mission.

Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term defined appointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, that substantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment and progression in rank upon completion of a significant review of accomplishments.

Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-modern campus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines small town comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor is home to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has more than 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college. Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thriving performing art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and home values increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakeland and Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to live and work.

EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications


  • Priority consideration will be given to completed applications received by Nov 15, 2021.
  • Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled). Review of applications will begin in mid-October and continue until the positions are filled.
  • Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the United States. This proof must be provided prior to employment at the University. An appointment is not final until proof is provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submit the following in PDF format to the Florida Polytechnic Careers Website:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • List of at least 3 professional references (names and contact information)
  • Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcript

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.

Diversity Statement:

Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provide equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for admission, students, and others affiliated with the University) without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information.

 Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:


Required attachments are listed on each posting.   Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered. 


An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire. 


Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.


All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.  



This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04. 


Florida Polytechnic University was created by the 2012 Florida legislature to be the state’s STEM-focused four-year public university. With a range of innovative undergraduate and master’s programs planned, both online and classroom-based, the university seeks to recruit inaugural classes of freshmen, transfer and graduate students for fall 2014 and to grow quickly to become a major higher education presence within the state and beyond. The cornerstone of the new campus is an academic center designed by internationally-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. Polk County, home to Florida Polytechnic, has a population in excess of 600,000 and is within an hour’s drive of five million residents in the Orlando and Tampa metro areas.

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