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Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - Mathematics

Apply now Job no: 495010
Position type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The Department of Mathematics seeks two affiliate faculty for full time, 9-month, continuing positions. These positions are full-time, 9-month positions; after initial 1-year contracts for each of the first two years, the position may be renewed with continuing 3-year contracts. These positions will start August 6, 2024.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • By August 6, 2024, either 1) a Master’s degree in Mathematics or 2) a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a Master’s degree in a related field and at least 18 graduate credit hours in mathematics.
  • Evidence of effective teaching, with demonstrated interest in foundational mathematics including introductory algebra, college algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus 
  • Evidence of reflective thinking about the teaching and learning of mathematics at the foundational level
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, such as experience using inclusive teaching practices or commitment to the success of all students of all ability levels

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with courses similar to GVSU’s MTH 108, 109, 110, 122, 123, 124 (see https://www.gvsu.edu/catalog/ for more information)
  • Experience/interest with active learning strategies
  • Willingness to employ a variety of teaching methodologies, including having students use appropriate technological tools to support their learning

Responsibilities: The standard teaching load for affiliate faculty is 12-15 credits per semester (4-5 courses, usually 2-3 preps), consisting primarily of courses from MTH 108 through MTH 124. Affiliate faculty often teach 5 days per week, with some classes meeting evenings or early mornings (but not both). Most classes meet on our Allendale campus, but affiliate faculty members sometimes teach courses on our Grand Rapids campus. Responsibilities include holding office hours and attending regular course instructor meetings. There are opportunities for professional development and department service, but neither is mandatory. 

Salary & Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package that includes low-cost health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, an annual contribution to a 401K equal to 12% of base
salary, 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 (gvsu.edu/hro/).

Department/College: The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University serves over 200 majors and 8000 students annually in its classes. Our students are actively engaged in learning through small classes (max 30 students) that emphasize critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective communication, and offer a high degree of faculty support. Our faculty value and support innovative teaching, collaborating with one another, and helping all students be successful. We have 12 affiliate and 32 tenure-track faculty. 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, undergraduate research, attending Research Experience for Undergraduates programs, and other opportunities in math. Our alumni are engaged in a wide array of exciting endeavors and rewarding careers.

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 and downtown Grand Rapids, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 20,000 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. More information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). 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 Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).

How to Apply: A complete application must include:

  1. A cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy (Upload this to the 'Teaching Statement' section on the application form.)
  4. A statement that describes ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body (Upload this to the 'Other' section on the application form.)
  5. One letter of recommendation regarding your teaching experience and efficacy (Please direct your letter writer to email their letter of recommendation to Ana VanBragt - vanbraga@gvsu.edu.)
  6. Contact information for three additional professional references, one of which should be the person writing the letter, along with two additional references.
  7. Graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply).

The online application will allow applicants to attach all documents electronically. 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. Email questions about the position to: Ana VanBragt vanbraga@gvsu.edu.

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on December 15, 2023 and continue until the positions are filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community 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, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative. 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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