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Instructor, Mathematics
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Date Posted September 23, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number: F00068P

Department: Mathematics

About the University


For nearly 7,000 students each semester, UAFS offers a dynamic learning environment, a rich campus life, a vibrant international population, opportunities to travel and study abroad, and a host of prestigious degree programs. Small class sizes combined with innovative, applied learning opportunities have led to a record of high job and graduate school placement rates after graduation, an indication of the student-centered education that has defined UAFS since its founding in 1928. An $80 million endowment fund propels the University and its students into a promising future. In the fall of 2015, UAFS completed a role and scope change and began offering master's degrees. UAFS is one of 18 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area's lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for cost of living, and a top city in the nation for highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

UAFS' beautiful 170-acre campus features 20 major buildings and the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. The University opened a 58,000 square-foot visual arts facility in the fall of 2015. A student-supported recreation and wellness center, featuring a rock-climbing wall, basketball, and volleyball courts, and state-of-the-art equipment, opened in the fall of 2016. Such projects initiated the 15-year transformation of the campus in accordance with the University's updated master plan. These two buildings complement the University's top-notch amenities across campus, including a newly renovated library that boasts expansive areas for student use and vast collections of literature and academic resources.

About the College / Department

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics includes the School of Education and houses programs leading to bachelor's degrees in biology, chemistry, computer information technology, education, geosciences, and mathematics. We offer ASE degrees in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in coordination with the corresponding baccalaureate degrees at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville. Teacher licensure degrees are available in biology, mathematics and in other disciplines in secondary education (7-12), as are bachelor's degrees in elementary education (K-6) and middle childhood education (4-8). Additionally, students may seek minors in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and applied statistics.

The college is committed to exposing students to cutting-edge ideas and methodologies, with programs and courses designed to foster independence, analytical thinking, and problem-solving. Our highest priority is preparation of students for industry, teaching, graduate studies, and medical fields. Excellence in teacher preparation through classroom instruction and extensive field experiences is a priority - one that is ably supported by coursework with specialists from across the University.

The Mathematics Department at UAFS houses the disciplines that study natural and mathematical phenomena and applications. New horizons are explored and explained through critical thought, investigative proficiency, and effective communication in the ethical pursuit of knowledge. The Mathematics Department consists of 20 full-time faculty members and two adjunct professors. All full-time math faculty possess a master's degree; 11 also hold doctorate degrees. We offer Bachelor's in Mathematics and Bachelor's in Mathematics with Teacher Licensure degrees. In addition, we offer minors in Mathematics and Statistics.

Position Summary

Primary responsibilities will be teaching a wide range of undergraduate mathematics and/or statistics courses. Other duties will include on-going curriculum planning and review; scholarly activity; professional/instructional development; service to the department, college, and university, including committee, assessment, student recruitment, and retention activities; and other related duties as required and/or assigned. The position reports to the head of the Mathematics Department.

Summary of Job Duties

  • Classroom Instruction.

  • Service to department, college and University, including committees and assessments.

  • Recruitment and retention of students.

  • Attendance and participation in all faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required.

  • Curriculum planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Assessment and evaluation of instruction.

  • Professional development.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirement is a master's degree in mathematics, statistics, or mathematics education with 18 hours of graduate-level mathematics courses and one year college-level teaching experience. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for part of these requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively teach a wide range of general education mathematics courses to non-majors.

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, including the utilization of classroom technology and well-developed communication skills.

  • Ability to interact with diverse groups of people with a commitment to working within a team.

  • Success in student learning with instructional methods that address a variety of learning styles.

Special Job Dimensions

Work performed primarily in an office/classroom setting. Occasional travel and extended hours required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. Required abilities include walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods. Visual demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 10 pounds.

Work Schedule

Nine-month appointment.

Salary commensurate with education and experience.


Competitive benefits package.

Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Does this position require a background check?
Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

Open until filled. For full consideration apply by June 23, 2019

Anticipated start date: 08/12/2019

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veterans' status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The University abides by all applicable employment laws.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and all other aspects of employment.

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