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Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at eduprod.usm.edu. The Department of Mathematics offers undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics licensure, a master's degree in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in computational science (mathematics emphasis) through the College of Science and Technology's Computational Science Ph.D. program. Faculty are active in working with undergraduate students in the Honors College. Working across disciplinary boundaries is actively encouraged by the department and the college. For more information about the department, visit eduprod.usm.edu/math.


Adjunct Faculty

The Mathematics Department informally reviews applications for adjunct faculty year-round. Minimum qualifications are a Master’s Degree and 18 hours of graduate credit in mathematics. Preferred qualifications include previous teaching experience. Interested applicants should contact the department chair.


Math Zone Director

The University of Southern Mississippi is seeking to fill a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track position of Math Zone director at the rank of instructor in the Department of Mathematics within the College of Science and Technology to begin as soon as the spring semester 2016. Availability in the summer and summer teaching are expected and will be compensated accordingly. A Master of Science in mathematics or Master’s degree in a related area with 18 graduate hours in mathematics, experience using a variety of traditional and nontraditional course delivery formats (face-to-face, online, hybrid), including mathematics laboratories and online mathematics learning management systems such as MyMathLab and WebAssign, and experience in managing a computer laboratory and personnel are required by the start of the appointment.

The Math Zone is a computer laboratory with more than 100 computers that is used to teach developmental mathematics and college algebra in an emporium-style format. Students meet once a week as a class and complete the coursework in mandatory hours in the Math Zone, working on assignments with tutors available to help. The Math Zone director is responsible for the smooth functioning of the Math Zone, including scheduling classes, hiring adjuncts, purchasing equipment and managing graduate students. The teaching load is two classes per semester. Participation in collaborative research proposals and projects is not required, but interest in such activities is welcome. The successful candidate must be ready to engage in departmental service as necessary.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.usm.edu (direct link: jobs.usm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55711) and must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three professional references. Applicants may be contacted later to submit three letters of recommendation. Official transcripts will be required prior to a campus interview.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 9, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Licensure)

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science and Technology to begin in August 2016. The position is dedicated to teaching and advising of teacher candidates in the department’s Mathematics Licensure program and to research in mathematics education. A doctorate in Mathematics Education with 18 graduate hours in Mathematics, or a Doctorate in Mathematics, Statistics or Computational Mathematics with substantial work experience in mathematics education is required by the start of the appointment. Moreover, the position requires at least three years of teaching or appropriate professional experience with K-12 students. The successful candidate must be able to engage in effective teaching and research.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in mathematics, including teacher-oriented courses in the areas of algebra, problem solving, and geometry; advising students seeking certification in secondary education through the department’s Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Licensure; teaching and mentoring students in M.S. and Ph.D. Mathematics Education programs through the Center for Science and Mathematics Education; and being active in theoretical and/or applied research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics is essential, as is the generation of competitive grant proposals. A teaching load of 2-3 courses per semester is to be expected, with the course load not exceeding 2 courses per semester in the first 3 years. Participation in collaborative research proposals and projects across departmental, discipline and college boundaries with private, state and federal funding entities is expected.

Minimum qualifications

  • Doctorate in mathematics education with 18 graduate hours in mathematics, or a doctorate in mathematics, statistics or computational mathematics with substantial work experience in mathematics education 
  • Ability to engage in effective teaching and research 
  • At least three years of teaching or appropriate professional experience with K-12 students

Preferred qualifications

  • Postdoctoral experience in mathematics education, excellent teaching documented by awards, experience in proposal development and with the NCATE/CAEP accreditation process 
  • Experience teaching introductory mathematics or mathematics education courses at the college level

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.usm.edu (direct link: jobs.usm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55712) and must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three professional references. Applicants may be contacted later to submit three letters of recommendation. Official transcripts will be required prior to a campus interview. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


Wright W. and Annie Rea Cross Endowed Chair in Mathematics Undergraduate Research 

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for the Wright W. and Annie Rea Cross Endowed Chair in Mathematics and Undergraduate Research in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science and Technology to begin in August 2016. The position is dedicated to directing and promoting undergraduate research in mathematics that can be disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary.

The successful candidate will assume leadership of the department's undergraduate research program, including directing undergraduate research projects, recruiting undergraduate researchers, allocating scholarships, and monitoring scholarship recipients' undergraduate research projects with colleagues. Student projects can be undergraduate research in mathematics or undergraduate research that applies mathematics or statistics in a significant way to another discipline. Facilitation of students obtaining internships and practica and the establishment of a mathematical consulting program are desired. A teaching load of two courses per semester is anticipated, with one of the courses dedicated to undergraduate research. Participation in collaborative research proposals and projects across departmental, discipline and college boundaries with private, state and federal funding entities is expected.

Minimum qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or computational science, with a minimum of 18 hours of graduate coursework in mathematics by the start of the appointment 
  • Experience in directing undergraduate research (candidates without a demonstrable record of directing undergraduate student research will not be considered
  • Experience teaching undergraduate mathematics courses 
  • Ability to engage in effective teaching and research 
  • Willingness to pursue interdisciplinary activities 
  • Has attained the rank of associate professor

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in interdisciplinary consulting
  • Participation in interdisciplinary programs, that focus on the real-world preparation of mathematics majors
  • Has attained the rank of full professor or would be qualified for this rank under the department's guidelines
  • Record of publications co-authored with undergraduate students
  • Record of securing external funding for undergraduate research

Additional application materials for this position

  • A (fourth) letter of reference from an undergraduate student whose undergraduate research was directed by the applicant. 
  • Samples of undergraduate research output, such as theses, publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, conference posters, source code to student-authored software. 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.usm.edu (direct link: jobs.usm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55772) and must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three professional  references. Applicants may be contacted later to submit three letters of recommendation. Official transcripts will be required prior to a campus interview.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.