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Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education - Mathematics (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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

Summary: The Department of Mathematics seeks one assistant professor, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track, specializing in PK-6 teacher preparation. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is hiring three assistant professors (English, Math, Social Studies) for its new program in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET). We are seeking innovative educators who are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues who teach in this program.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Doctorate in mathematics education or a related field expected by August 2022 (ABD candidates will be considered for a 2-year contract with provision that the doctorate be earned by December 2023)
  • Evidence of critical, reflective thinking about the teaching and learning of mathematics or teacher preparation
  • Commitment to contribute to the PCKET program
  • Commitment to maintaining a productive program of scholarship in mathematics education 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness in mathematics teacher education
  • PK-6 teaching experience
  • Curriculum development and/or scholarly interests at the elementary school or early childhood level
  • Experience in pre-service teacher preparation or in-service professional development;
  • Grant participation or curriculum development related to PK-6 mathematics, teacher education, or professional development
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility
  • Ability to work productively with colleagues with flexibility and creativity

Responsibilities - Essential functions:

  • The successful hire will be expected to engage in the teaching and ongoing development of mathematics courses for elementary pre-service teachers. 
  • Duties each semester include a baseline 9 credit hour teaching load, baseline scholarship and service, and a significant focus (equivalent to 3 credit hours) of additional responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and/or service depending on the candidate's interests and the department’s and the PCKET program’s needs. 
  • Newly hired faculty are normally expected to have their 3 credit hours of significant focus be scholarship. 
  • Department faculty are expected to maintain a productive program of scholarship and to participate actively in the life of the department.  Employment begins August 6, 2022.

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 Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University.

How To Apply:  Apply online at and select "Apply now". (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach in the PCKET program at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a personal statement that addresses the applicant’s teaching experience, philosophy, and methodology, and how the applicant meets the teaching-related qualifications of the position, (4) a description of the applicant’s plans for a productive program of scholarship in mathematics education, (5) a statement that describes ongoing or anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research/creative activity, or service, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body, (6) three letters* of recommendation, at least one of which attests to the candidate’s potential for effective preparation of teachers, (7) graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply). * the letters of recommendation should be emailed to Jan Kuzee (; candidates will be prompted to enter the names of their recommenders in the online application form.

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

Applicants with diverse backgrounds or a commitment to equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply. For questions about applying online or additional assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to: Matt Boelkins, Mathematics Search Committee Chair,

Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the university.

Department: The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University serves over 250 majors, 250 minors, and 7500 students annually in its classes. Our students are actively engaged in learning through small classes that emphasize critical thinking, creative problem-solving, effective communication, and a high level of faculty support.  Many of our majors participate in extracurricular mathematics-related activities, including tutoring in local schools, tutoring in our own Math Center, participating in the GVSU Math & Stats Club, studying abroad, attending Research Experience for Undergraduates programs, and more. Our alumni represent a wide array of exciting endeavors and rewarding careers.  Our 30 tenure-eligible faculty are 22 mathematicians and 8 mathematics educators who are teacher-scholars with many collective textbooks, publications in mathematics and mathematics education journals, and prestigious teaching awards.  Mathematicians and mathematics educators regularly collaborate, and our math education faculty have strong connections and engagement with local schools and the GVSU College of Education.  Student learning is at the heart of all our faculty activities, whether using innovative teaching methods to help students learn, developing high-impact learning experiences for students, or conducting research with undergraduates.  Learn more at

College: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (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. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together. 

Campus/University:  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 Detroit, 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 offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - GVSU. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university seeks to create an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at our home page.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

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 the 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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