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Assistant Professor of Statistics - Statistics (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The Department of Statistics at Grand Valley State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor to begin August 6, 2021. This is an open field search, and candidates from any field of Statistics and Data Science with a commitment to quality teaching and strong data analysis and computing skills are encouraged to apply.
The university encourages interdisciplinary research efforts with other majors, minors, and emphasis areas. The department takes a broad view of research and is supportive of collaborative research. Opportunities exist for collaborations across the university community, for example, engaging with problems in data ethics with the philosophy department, working on problems with engineering students and professors, and working collaboratively with Health Science researchers and students. Examples of possible collaboration partners in the local area include Meijer, Steelcase, Spectrum Health, and the Van Andel Research Institute and at GVSU include collaboration with the Annis Water Resources Institute, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and a full spectrum of disciplines across the university including departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Colleges of Engineering & Computing, Health Professions and Nursing. We recognize the breadth of applied potential in the discipline of statistics and are committed to supporting those collaborations.
We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations, and candidates working in emerging fields that can contribute to diversifying the expertise in our department.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  •  Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science or a related field, with at least 18 graduate credit hours in statistics. ABD candidates will be considered for a two-year contract with provisions that the Ph.D. must be completed by December 2022.
  •  Evidence of a commitment to quality teaching; and the use of pedagogical methods that ensure academic success for students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups;
  • Evidence of strong data analysis and computing skills using software such as R, SAS, Python and /or SPSS;
  •  Evidence of quality scholarship broadly defined to include collaborative research and consulting;
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and a willingness to adapt teaching to the rapidly changing data science landscape;
  • Willingness to engage in online and hybrid pedagogy;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

  • Demonstrated effectiveness/excellence in teaching
  • Experience using software such as R, SAS, Python and/or SPSS in the classroom.
  • Experience supervising student research.
  • Experience working as a consultant or in collaboration with other disciplines or community organizations.
  • Experience supporting students, organizations or communities with diverse backgrounds.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Duties include teaching, appropriate with your expertise, throughout the statistics curriculum including introductory service courses
  • Participating in professional scholarship, which is broadly defined in our department and includes theoretical and pedagogical research and consulting activities; and department and university service.
  • Reduced teaching loads and/or grants are available for professional development, consulting, and research.

Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

Department/Division: The Department of Statistics at Grand Valley State University places an emphasis on teaching excellence using inclusive pedagogies, values active scholarship with diverse learners, and promotes equitable service to the university and community. Our department offers a Master’s degree in Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, an undergraduate major in Statistics (with a potential emphasis in Actuarial Science), and minors in Mathematical Statistics and Applied Statistics. We jointly offer a Master’s degree in Data Science and Analytics and a minor in Data Science with the School of Computing. In addition, our department offers a variety of statistics courses in support of the university’s many other graduate programs. Currently, our department has approximately 40 graduate students, 130 majors and 150 minors. The department and university are strongly committed to using technology in teaching at all levels. GVSU maintains a robust computer infrastructure across multiple platforms, including a center that supports high-performance computing (HPC) scholarship and teaching and manages and supports an RStudio Pro Server. The student and faculty networks at GVSU maintain the current versions of SAS, SPSS, R, and JMP. Our department also maintains a vibrant Statistical Consulting Center that supports statistical activity across the university. For more information, see our web site at or call (616) 331-3355.
The Department of Statistics at GVSU is contained within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). CLAS is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off-campus.
Campus and Community
Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How To Apply: Apply online at select "Apply now". Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s qualifications for the position, a current vita, brief statements of teaching philosophy and scholarly interests. Please elaborate in these statements how you plan to incorporate computation and analytics; and any past or anticipated activities which promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service, and an unofficial copy of your transcript. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215 or contact the chair of the hiring committee, Dr. Laura Kapitula,

Due to travel limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted over the phone/online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin on February 8, 2021, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000
For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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