Teaching Specialist-Precalculus/Calculus - 10339BR

Teaching Specialist-Precalculus/Calculus

Employee Class: 
A-Unclassified Academic Staff

Position Overview

The Teaching Specialist will teach precalculus and calculus courses and will work with the mathematics department administration and faculty to develop and implement changes in the calculus and precalculus curricula and course format. These courses have an enrollment of around 2,000 students per year. The Teaching Specialist will also coordinate (with another Teaching Specialist) the precalculus and calculus courses and services for calculus students, and will train and supervise graduate teaching assistants. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

The Department of Mathematics has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A broad range of programs is possible including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, control theory, dynamical systems, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, stochastic analysis/control, partial differential equations, set theory, and topology. The department has a long tradition of excellence. The first Ph.D. granted west of the Mississippi was in mathematics at KU in 1895. Since then, the graduate program has been a central part of the department’s research and teaching. Historic Snow Hall, which houses the department, contains state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture spaces, computer labs, and other facilities.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system. KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world. An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected.

A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less than an hour away.

Job Description

Teaching/Advising (65%)
  1. Teaches a minimum of three sections of precalculus/calculus for the fall and spring semesters. For the summer session, teaches one section for one-month summer salary or teaches two sections for two-months summer salary; participates in curriculum development efforts. One or more courses per year may include team-teaching with another faculty member in a course as part of a course transformation project.
  2. Develops and updates syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, test questions, tests, and web-based material. Participates in regular meetings of departmental instructors. Implements the use of technology in the teaching of courses.
  3. Holds regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
  4. Adheres to department, College and university policies and procedures.

Professional Performance (15%)
  1. Collaborates with the department’s administration, faculty, and teaching specialist(s) to develop and implement changes in the calculus and precalculus curricula and delivery. Develops educational materials to improve student learning and tools to demonstrate student achievement of learning outcomes in large introductory courses, including online resources and classroom activities.
  2. Coordinates, with the other teaching specialist(s), the precalculus and calculus courses and services for precalculus/calculus students. Develops the syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, test questions, tests, and the web-based material. Holds regular meetings of precalculus/calculus instructors. Implements the use of technology in the courses. Sets the test dates for the Gateway exam and schedule for help room.
  3. Trains, supervises and evaluates graduate teaching assistants assigned to teach precalculus/calculus courses.
  4. Supports the development of teaching excellence among GTAs and faculty.

Research (10%)

  1. The specialist will contribute to the research mission of the Department of Mathematics, primarily in the area of assessment, curriculum design, and interactive teaching of mathematics, through presentations at professional conferences and publication of works in books, articles, abstracts, or other scholarly works such as the online publication of new active-learning materials in online formats.
  2. Possible areas of focus for publications and presentations include the scholarship of assessment and curriculum design, the development of new undergraduate laboratories/research opportunities and/or new teaching methods, supervision and evaluation of undergraduate research in the specialist’s area of research expertise, methods to enhance online course resources outside of class time and use of active learning activities to maximize concept mastery during face-to-face class and laboratory/discussion time, development of programs, workshops and training guidelines that feature research-based instructional practices (included but not limited to inquiry and discovery based instruction, student-centered instruction, peer-mentoring, and the integration of technology into the classroom).

Service (10%)

  1. Member of the department’s committees on Evaluation of Teaching and GTA Training, Undergraduate Studies-Lower Division, and Precalculus/Calculus/Calculus Center.
  2. Compiles yearly assessment reports on the precalculus/calculus program. Participates in long-term studies of the precalculus/calculus courses.
  3. Engages in opportunities to enhance knowledge of best practices and to collaborate with similar initiatives in other departments on campus and at other universities.
  4. Participates in appropriate professional activities.

All Unclassified Academic Staff members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. UAS members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.
  1. Ph.D. in Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences. Include a copy of your transcript, if the degree has been obtained in the past 5 years.
  2. Record of excellence in teaching college-level mathematics.
  3. Demonstrated excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators.
  5. Demonstrated communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications


Additional Candidate Instructions

For a complete announcement and to apply on-line, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/10339BR . A complete on-line application includes: C.V.; cover letter; teaching statement; and the names and contact information for three references. In addition, at least three recommendation letters addressing the required qualifications should be submitted electronically to https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/, position #11278.
Initial review of applications will begin on December 8, 2017 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants

Gloria Prothe,

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Competitive with comparable research universities.

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